MetaMedia Youth Center grand opening

MetaMedia, located in the McGaw YMCA, is a free after-school digital media lab and hang-out space open exclusively to middle-school youth. For weeks, it has been the buzz in middle schools; we recently hosted 100 youth in one afternoon! On March 21, the community will get to see what all the excitement is about.

The MetaMedia Grand Opening, held on March 21, will offer workshops and activities for the entire family. Doors open at 11 a.m., and a ceremonial ribbon cutting and dedication will start at 11:30 a.m. The event, which will last until 6 p.m, is free and open to all. Now is your chance to experience all that MetaMedia is offering to middle school youth, free of charge, six days each week. Visitors can:

  • Use 3D modeling software to design and print a customized keychain;
  • Produce short stop-motion animated videos;
  • Cut a track in our music studio with the help of our in-house audio engineer;
  • Share original poetry, raps, or songs at our first ever MetaMedia Open Mic;
  • Try the Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality headset to explore 3D environments.

MetaMedia connects youth interests with production-centered learning guided by adults who provide collaboration and critique. MetaMedia was developed in partnership with the McGaw YMCA, Northwestern University’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) and Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.).

The center’s creation was generously supported by the Lewis-Sebring Foundation and included the renovation of McGaw YMCA’s youth lobby into a modern, 3,000 square foot space just for middle school youth. This under-served population will not only enjoy the workshops, projects and time to hang out with friends and instructors in MetaMedia, they also gain access to the entire McGaw YMCA facility.

The McGaw YMCA (www.mcgawymca.org) is a cause-driven, charitable organization that seeks to strengthen community with a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our programs for children and teens support them academically, emotionally, and socially.  Through these programs, the McGaw YMCA has positively impacted the Evanston community for nearly 130 years. 

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