The Boston Public Library Foundation received a grant of $488,000 from the Highland Street Foundation to support new and expanded technology programs in the new Teen Central space, opening in late February at the Boston Public Library’s (BPL) Central Library in Copley Square. For three years, the grant will support the BPL’s Youth Technology Fund and two new youth programming positions: a youth technology coordinator and a youth technology librarian.
“We are proud to partner with the Boston Public Library to bring its new Teen Central space to life in exciting ways,” said Blake Jordan, Executive Director of the Highland Street Foundation. “The BPL has long been a hub for educational enrichment for children and adults alike, and the youth technology initiative is the next step in its commitment to provide innovative opportunities to learn.”
The Highland Street Foundation’s grant will have far-reaching effects on the Youth Technology Fund, designed to engage youth ages 12 – 18 in computer and technology training. The grant enables the ongoing purchase and integration of new, innovative products, programs, and technologies as they become available. Anticipated programs include 3D printing, video and music editing, computer programming, and video gaming.
“It is incredibly important to provide youth with programs that develop technology-based skills,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I thank the Highland Street Foundation for the resources that will prepare our young people for success.”