«I get to know people who come from serious sides of the city whom I’ve never met,» said Yves, a junior at Jones College Prep High School.

Yves even got into a heated virtual battle with his online peers to claim bragging rights at the top of the «leader board» listing the top YOUMedia content producers. Think YOUMedia is the latest social media teen hangout? It is, and it’s housed on the main floor of the Harold Washington Public Library, 400 S. State St., in the Digital Space for Teens. The Digital Space offers eight desktop computers, 96 laptops, two PlayStation 3’s with a library of games, and musical keyboards and a recording studio so teenagers can create music, art and poetry, or jump online and talk with peers in the secure, password-protected YOUMedia forum.