The Mandell Family Foundation awarded a grant to the Hartford Public Library for the creation of a mini YOUmedia at the Library’s Albany Avenue branch.
YOUmedia Hartford is a next-generation-digital-learning-and-maker space for teens ages 13-19. Its combination of professional tools, eager learners, and skilled mentors, sets the bar for out-of-school learning. Partnerships with secondary schools and businesses create pathways for students beyond the library walls and beyond high school.
“Our family foundation is pleased to support a new Youmedia site at Hartford Public Library’s Albany branch,” says Bruce Mandell, president of Data-Mail, a company started by his parents, Joyce and Andrew Mandell.
This new space will enable Hartford teens to learn through experience and explore new opportunities. Funds will also ensure that branch staff receive enhanced training to work with teens. Trainings will cover emotional intelligence, customer service, trauma informed service, communication styles, and coping with negative interactions.
“We are so thankful for this generous gift, which will enable us to bring our successful and impactful teen experience to the Albany Avenue Branch Library,” says Bridget Quinn-Carey, chief executive officer for Hartford Public Library.
“Hundreds of teens will benefit from the support of the Mandell Family Foundation. And what better place to have teens gather, learn and explore than the Hartford Public Library — a place like no other.”