Who We Are

The Kansas City Digital Media Lab aims to empower local teens to create a life of meaning by providing a participatory and experiential learning environment at the Kansas City Public Library with the specific goal to transform teens into content producers rather than content consumers.


As content producers of original digital media and stories, coding, technology and robotics with the help of engaged mentors, Kansas City teens can then connect their new skills to academic and professional opportunities.


The Kansas City Digital Media Lab is an initiative of the Kansas City Public Library, It is free and open to youth ages 13-19. KCDML is part of a national movement to use Connected Learning and HOMAGO (Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out) principles to engage our country’s youth in creative, pertinent, and powerful ways.  



Meet Our Team


Andrea Sherrel Ellis – Digital Youth Engagement Manager


Marcus Brown – Lead Educator    


Angelica DeSimio – Volunteer Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA



Our Partners and Collaborators


YMCA of Greater Kansas City

Union Station Kansas City

Science City at Union Station

KC STEM Alliance           

KC Engineering Zone

KC Social Innovation Center