Genius Labs @ GMCC

Digital Café


We believe every young person
has the capacity for “genius.”

Focused on the studio learning approach, Digital Café brings together technological access and youth-centered design to create opportunities that foster creativity, independence, critical thinking, and self-awareness. Digital Café is a laboratory learning experience designed for middle school youth and hosted on the top, newly renovated, floor of GMCC’s Ewald Center.

We are now accepting applications for 2021 Summer and Fall sessions.

About the 2021 Summer Session:

  • Where: GMCC Ewald Center, 1100 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • When: UPDATED — Tuesday-Friday, July 27 – August 6th, 10am-3pm + a Saturday Event on August 7th
  • Who: 16 middle school youth, ages 11-14 (1:8 Guide to Youth ratio)
  • Digital equipment, lunch, and snacks provided.

Deadline to apply for summer session: July 20th, 2021 – if you cannot meet this deadline but are interested in participating please contact Megan Young at or call at 612-276-1548
Applicants will be notified of admittance no later than July 22th.

Fall session dates and times have yet to be announced but families and youth are encouraged to apply if they are interested.

How to Apply

    • Youth must apply using the provided application and submit either:
      • electronically to Megan Young at;
      • by mail to Megan Young at 1100 E Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407;
      • or call 612-276-1548 to schedule time to come into our office.
    • Acceptance will be determined on a case by case basis with a focus on equity and prioritizing students who are excited about learning and motivated to gain new skills.
    • Upon acceptance families will be asked to complete a packet of onboarding materials including a media release, health/medical, and liability form.
    • Families will also be required to sign a commitment form stating that youth will commit to attending all sessions or risk being dropped from enrollment (with the understanding that sickness and emergencies may occur).
    • COVID-19 Youth: We are asking that any youth who applies and is eligible be vaccinated, do so.
    • COVID-19 Staff and Adults: We are requiring that any adult staff member, mentor, and/or volunteer be vaccinated in order to take part in Genius Labs @ GMCC – Digital Cafe. 


    Questions? Contact Megan Young at or call 612-276-1548.