The Thurgood Marshall YOUmedia is located in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. Middle school students, come explore, create, collaborate, check out books, develop new skills and lead with us!
- (312) 747-5927
- Monday: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Tuesday: 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Thursday: 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
What We Do
You can borrow laptops, play videogames and use other digital media while in YOUmedia.
YOUmedia equipment is available for free with your valid Chicago Public Library card. First-timers need to sign up. Returning students just need to sign in.
YOUmedia Staff Bios
Camellia is a hip-hop artist and singer. As a teenager, she struggled with behavior, became involved in Chicago's street life and dropped out of high school. She turned everything around by voluntarily participating in a six-month military leadership development program with the National Guard, graduating high school a year early. At 17, her digital media interests grew while interning as a camera operator, actress and video editor at the Gary Comer Youth Center. At 18, she mentored with the Chicago Youth Centers and developed a digital media program model. At 19, Camellia began recording original songs and performed in New York City opening for artists like Nas and Damian Marley. Because of her own journey, she has a special way with at-risk youth. Things on her radar: a college education, her first album and traveling. Camellia's hobbies include reading, walking along the lakefront, motivational speaking, and spreading knowledge and love.
Dan was 5 years old when he first saw Star Wars, and he's been a filmmaker ever since. Despite the second trilogy, Dan continued to pursue his dreams of making a name for himself in the film industry. His first big move towards his goal was to leave his hometown, Historic Downtown Wellington, Ohio, and join the bigwigs in Chicago. He has been living in the Windy City for three years, and he hopes to make it his home. Dan is motivated by pessimists and naysayers. He hopes to instill hope into as many people as he can, forging new relationships and encouraging all to seek wisdom.
Mr. Jeff (as affectionately called by the youth) is a true musician whose first love is the drums. He has extensive experience as a music director, producing music for various artists, as well as orchestrating musical events. Jeff’s love for music has caused him to lay the groundwork for his own music literacy foundation, which has been teaching digital music to both teens and adults for a number of years. He has worked with various organizations developing digital music curriculum and youth engagement strategies. Jeff expresses his artistry through creating and editing music as well as through other various audio productions. He understands that the power of music transcends all barriers and feels privileged for the opportunity to motivate this generation of youth through this medium. His passion is to engage teens to not only be consumers but makers and creators, too.