Ethnic Minority Immigrant Youth as Information Mediaries

InfoMe on IMLS Blog

“How do youth surface the information needs of others and provide the best information at the right time? How do they search, mix and curate information? How can youth be supported through app co-designing, information services, and policy making?”

This is the opening of a post about the story of InfoMe on the IMLS blog, UpNext. In this post Karen Fisher pictures the path she and the InfoMe team have been through for the past four years to shape the project into what it looks like today. She explains the philosophy, methods and goals of the project, research procedures applied in the process and the target group:

“Using co-design in library-community settings, the researchers have worked with over 50 immigrant and refugee teens from Asia and East Africa. Findings reveal the crucial information role youth play in helping friends, relatives, schools, NGOs, and even complete strangers. Youth derive immense satisfaction from helping parents find jobs and obtain medical care for their families, helping elderly neighbors get nutritious food, easing other students in transition into the public school system, and helping younger siblings achieve their academic dreams and feel safe in their new communities. But they also report feeling stressed, tired, and worried that their own education and social relationships may be suffering.”


Read the entire post here:

Immigrant and Refugee Youth Use Technology to Help their Families and Neighbors

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