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Youthprise, founded by The McKnight Foundation to increase youths’ learning opportunities beyond the classroom, has awarded Hennepin County Library a $20,000 grant. The grant will support afterschool programs at the Franklin Teen Center, including the Teen Tech Squad.
Hennepin County Library was one of 101 Twin Cities organizations to receive Youthprise funding.  According to a Youthprise news release:

“Grantees reflect Youthprise’s commitment to supporting programs that reach Minnesota youth at the greatest risk of experiencing disparities in opportunity. Recent research shows that an ‘opportunity gap’ in access to high-quality learning opportunities beyond the classroom exists, especially for low-income and youth of color. Afterschool and out-of-school time is an ideal venue for helping youth develop to their fullest potential and build 21st century skills that will help them succeed in school, work and civic life.”
Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson said, “Hennepin County Library is thankful to receive this grant and proud to be a part of a learning community that is exploring innovative approaches to help youth learn and develop leadership skills to ensure a successful future.”
The Franklin Teen Center, located in Hennepin County Library – Franklin, 1314 E. Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis, is a dedicated, drop-in space for youth offering daily programs and activities during out of school time. The Franklin Teen Center serves approximately 30 youths per day. Youthprise funds will support staffing at the Teen Center and enable the Library to hire a Teen Tech Squad that will increase opportunities for youth leadership at the Franklin Teen Center.
Teen Tech Squad offers teens an opportunity to build employment and leadership skills in paid positions as digital media educators at the Library. Three youth employees receive specialized training in the use of professional sound and video production tools from partners at the Institute of Production and Recording. Additional training from the Science Museum of Minnesota helps them build teaching and mentorship skills. These youth work alongside library staff to present digital media workshops for their peers.
Workshops led by the Teen Tech Squad invite youth to create, innovate and collaborate with peers by recording and producing songs, stories, spoken word, videos and multimedia projects representative of their interests and experiences. Teens can explore and experiment with technology, design and share projects -- while also building critical 21st century digital media literacy skills.
For more information about Youthprisehttp://www.youthprise.org/ 
For more information about Hennepin County Library:  www.hclib.org

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