New Youth Design Team at Pima County Public Library

Just learned about a terrific new youth media center project designed by a Youth Design Team  at the Pima County Public Library’s Joel D. Valdez main library downtown (101 N. Stone Ave.). Their vision:

“Our vision is a thriving youth community where all youth are passionate, empowered, connected, and use their voice to create a better world.”



A $100,000 planning grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation made this project a reality – “to work with youth to design a community learning lab for Tucson’s youth to dream, learn, take action and fulfill their potential”.

22 youth (from various high schools and colleges in this area) served on this 2013/2014 Youth Design Team surveying 2100 Tucson youth in the community through 9 focus groups.  They found out that youth value mentors and safety in programs, and requested “digital media” and “college/career readiness” for themselves.

Have youth that you know (and love) participate by contacting the LearningLabs Project Manager Jennifer Nichols, 594-5562,

And here’s a 3 minute You  Tube  video they produced enthusiastically informing us about this Youth  Design Team project:

One response to “New Youth Design Team at Pima County Public Library

  1. Carolyn Classen

    Congrats to Jennifer Nichols for winning the 2014 David Hoyt Johnson Arts Administrator award at the Lumies last night for this design team project: