We are an interdisciplinary group of learning scientists, educators, designers, and software developers based in Chicago, IL at the Digital Youth Network (Northwestern University) and at the Technology for Social Good Lab (DePaul University).

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Principal Investigator
Associate Professor
School of Education & Social Policy, Northwestern University

Co-Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor
College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University

Asia Roberson

DYD Project Manager
Digital Youth Network
Chicago, IL

Caitlin K. Martin

DYD Research Lead
Digital Youth Network
Chicago, IL

Ailiana Denis
Ambarin Mashhood
Amber Slater
April Addams
Bridget Traverso
Diane Gloss
Dimress Dunnigan
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick
Linabel Ramirez
Lizette Proa

MacKenzie Carlson
Magdalena Hernandez
Marlene Feussom
Martha Lazarski
Miriam Elkeeb
Nicole Harrison
Shai Moore
Shani Edmond
Sloane Smith
Sophie Mir
Zandra Vlahakis

Narrative Production
Anuradha Rana
April Knell
Jazmin Licea
Jen Kelly
Julia Dourgarian
Madelaine Schmitt
Natasha Tarpley
Pamela Dell
Paul Sullivan
Shivon Braswell

Platform & Web Development
Akili Lee
Tre Everette
Mark Ellul
LeAnne Wagner
Aneta Baran
Emmanuel Estipona

Research & Design
Denise Nacu
Jim Sandherr
Elaina Boytor
Katie Pingrey

Natalie Ybarra
Jen Kelly


We thank the participating girls and their families who contributed their time and invaluable perspectives to this work. We also thank the entire Digital Youth Network organization.

This work is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1433838. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.