Kansas City Digital Media Lab

Check out what KC teens are up to in the Digital Media Lab! Visit KCDML.org


KCDML has a vision to empower youth in Kansas City to create a life of meaning.

The mission of KCDML is to create a participatory, experiential learning environment at the Kansas City Public Library, with a specific goal to transform content consumers into content producers who can then connect their new skills to academic and professional opportunity. KCDML draws on the power of story, coding, digital media, and engaged mentors to achieve this mission.

Although KCDML offers next level technology and dedicated expertise, our primary focus is adolescent development, encouraging and supporting youth voice, and helping youth make connections between their interests and future academic or professional opportunity. The fundamental tenets that we hold as we work with youth are as follows:

  • You have to be an active participant in your own learning;
  • In order to grow in your craft you have to be willing to create, critique, and present your work;
  • Deep learning requires commitment, persistence, and play;
  • Technology is a tool, use it as a means to achieve your desired goals.


KCDML is an initiative of the Kansas City Public Library. It is free and open to youth ages 13-18.

Learn more and get involved at KCDML.org