Free Afterschool Programming for Teens

  • Drop-in open studio hours
  • Meet-ups for teen creatives
  • Workshops & classes
  • Open mic nights (New! Thursdays starting 9/14)


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Four teens wearing headphones during a recording session.

When does Open Studio at the YMC take place?

Check our Google Calendar for official Open Studio dates.

In general, we are open five days a week as follows:

Day Time
Monday – Thursday 3–6 pm
Saturday 10–2 pm

What is Open Studio at the YMC?

Open Studio at the Youth Media Center (YMC) is a free afterschool program for teens interested in podcasting and media creation. If you are a teenage student in grade 6 – 12, then you are eligible to participate!

SLB Radio’s Youth Media Center is a state-of-the-art media center equipped with recording studios, professional audio equipment, media stations, books, games, and more – including friendly & knowledgeable staff.

Open Studio at the YMC is a drop-in style program, which means you can attend any Open Studio you wish – there is no long-term commitment or attendance requirement. Interested students simply need to fill out the Open Studio Registration Form before their first session.

What can you do during Open Studio hours?

During Open Studio, you can…

  • Create a podcast of your own.
  • Learn more about writing, recording, editing, and more.
  • Use the YMC resources & equipment for school projects/homework.
  • Be a part of the YMC community! Play a game, have a conversation, make a new friend.

…and so much more! Our specialty is audio, but the YMC is a place where creativity of all kinds can thrive.

Where is the YMC?

SLB Radio’s Youth Media Center is co-located in the Children’s Museum on Pittsburgh’s North Side (10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212).


Fill out the registration form, and we’ll send you complete information on how to attend your first Open Studio session.

Find a program you’re passionate about on our event sign-up page.


Send an email to one of our staff educators!

Alexa Bocek teaches workshops dealing with creative writing and mixed media art. You can reach her here:

Jozef Kukula teaches workshops dealing with technical skills and music production. You can reach him here:

For more general questions, both are happy to help.