MetaMedia is a digital media and maker space dedicated to helping develop the passions of the 6th-8th grade community. Our creative educators aim to enhance in-school learning by offering parallel learning opportunities that meet our makers where they are, while helping inform where they could go. MetaMedia provides a variety of programs throughout the year.

Current programs

MetaMedia Afterschool Program (Grades 6-8)

MetaMedia is the Y's digital media center and maker education program designed for middle-school youth. The MetaMedia Afterschool program features a curriculum based in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), social emotional learning, and creative explorations. Participants enjoy a daily snack, homework help, activity centers, physical activity, and field trips.

MetaMedia Afterschool is open on all regular District 65 school days.

Grades: 6th - 8th
Hours: School Dismissal - 6:00 p.m.

Program Locations:
McGaw YMCA Main Building
McGaw YMCA at Family Focus

Program Fee: Affordable and flexible pricing - contact us to learn more!

To enroll, call the McGaw YMCA MetaMedia team at 847-475-7400 ext. 196, or send an email to Teyona James-Harris at [email protected].

MetaMedia Field Trips

Bring your class to the MetaMedia Maker Space at McGaw YMCA and explore all we have to offer! We work with teachers and local schools to create a dynamic field trip experience for middle school youth.

With MetaMedia Field Trips, your class can spend a morning in our maker space where they will have the opportunity to explore, create, and innovate with hands-on projects. MetaMedia Field Trips are offered on Thursday mornings when school is in session. We tailor the experience for small groups of up to 25-30 students to provide careful supervision with equipment and ensure that your students get the most out of their time at MetaMedia.

Days/Hours: Thursdays, 9:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Program Location: McGaw YMCA Main Building


Book a MetaMedia Field Trip for your class today! Once booked, you will receive a confirmation email with information about arrival and additional details.

For more information, call the McGaw YMCA MetaMedia team at 847-475-7400 ext. 196, or send an email to Teyona James-Harris at [email protected].



1000 Grove Street
Evanston, IL 60201

847-475-7400 ext. 196


If you need assistance or have questions about our MetaMedia maker space or programs, please contact our team.

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