Library District Awarded Grant To Develop Opportunities For Teens

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District will receive one of the 12 grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in the amount of $89,650 to plan and design a network of mobile Learning Labs with new teen tech programs where teens can develop the skills and knowledge critical for academic success, career opportunity and civic engagement in the future.

The goal of the Learning Labs is to help teens move beyond consuming content to making and creating it. Labs that will provide teens with digital media technologies, spaces, relationships and resources to connect their social worlds and interests with academics and career paths that better prepare them for success in the future.

“We look forward to seeing what teens do when they have access to powerful digital media tools related to graphic design, photography, music, video or the mash-up of all of these,” said Jeanne Goodrich, Executive Director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. “We will be working with a collaborative of local partners, the city of Las Vegas, Henderson District Public Libraries, UNLV’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Discovery Children’s Museum and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, to ensure that teens have access to 21st Century digital technologies and are connected to peers, mentors and local employers that utilize these technologies daily.”

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