In the Summer 2013 issue of YALS, K-Fai Steele, authored an article on the teen participatory design and action research she and her colleagues facilitated at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The project focused on creating spaces in the library that support teen needs and interests.
The print article didn’t include the photos that the Library made available to document the process the teens took part in. The images are important to the story K-Fai tells, so we wanted to publish them here.
Teens imagine and vote for what they think their ideal teen space should be all about.
Youth Design Council members think about current problems and solutions with current teen spaces.
Edward showing off his group’s 3D model of an ideal teen space.
Youth Design Council identifying their likes and dislikes about current teen services.
Participating in an interests poll via instagram.
Showcasing youth-created rules, and determining a technology budget
You can learn more about the Free Library of Philadelphia’s work with teens on the YOUmedia Network site.