In the spring of 2018, I taught a six-week website basics course at the Jeron X. Grayson Center in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood, alongside fellow PhD students Stephanie Rose and Aisling Quigley, and undergraduate student Joe Valdecanas. Using a GitHub classroom, we worked with students ranging from grades 6-12 to create personal websites using basic HTML skills.
Our six-week course functioned as a form of pilot for an ongoing partnership between the Grayson Center and the University of Pittsburgh. For my own part, I was eager to take advantage of an opportunity to work with teens again. Prior to pursuing my MLIS, I worked for two years with teenagers in a mentoring program at the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association, and it is an age group I have since missed. Helping students at the Grayson Center build websites also allowed me to explore some of my favorite topics, including information architecture and personal privacy, with a new community.