What Teens Think Does Matter (Summer 2013)

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.

voting on the ultimate teen space
Teens imagine and vote for what they think their ideal teen space should be all about.

talking problems and solutions
Youth Design Council members think about current problems and solutions with current teen spaces.

Edward shows off model of ideal teen space
Edward showing off his group’s 3D model of an ideal teen space.

Youth Design Council talks about likes and dislikes
Youth Design Council identifying their likes and dislikes about current teen services.

teen participating in an Instagram Poll
Participating in an interests poll via instagram.

teens working on space rules
teens working on space budget
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.

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