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teens leading change with balloons

Do you have a great idea?

Do you want to make a difference in your library, your community, or the world?

Start making a change by joining your library’s Teen Council! Teens Leading Change initiative works with and gives mini-grants of $100-$5,000 to library Teen Council projects related to:

  • Library Advocacy/Information Literacy
  • Cultural / Community Conversations & Archives
  • Know Your Rights
  • Immigration & Citizenship
  • Net Neutrality / Privacy
  • Voting Rights & Voter Registration

So far, the Teens Leading Change initiative has funded and launched nearly 20 projects across 24 branches including 8 projects across 11 branches that are happening now!

Current projects are being hosted by the following branches:

Contact your local branch library to join the fun and be the change you wish to see in the world!

The Past is our FUTURE

Teens create a new archive of Little Tokyo by taking first-hand oral history and testimonial through first-person accounting, then produce Manga books based on their stories and experiences. This project combines the teen’s interest in drawing Manga and their curiosity about the library’s community of Little Tokyo.

Northridge Trashbusters

Northridge Branch Library’s Young Adult Librarian Cindy Holsey gathered her teen volunteers to form “Northridge Trashbusters,” a group dedicated to cleaning up their community. Teens collected 25 large bags of trash and weeded numerous city planters along a half-mile stretch of Reseda Boulevard.

Tech for Seniors

The Tech for Seniors idea was developed during a brainstorming session at a library teen council meeting. The teens wanted their proposal to make the Westwood Branch more accessible to older adults who are physically unable to visit the library, and who wanted to learn to use the library’s e-media resources. At the same time, the teens aimed to address the issues of social isolation and loneliness among seniors.

Pacoima Mural

Marcia Melkonian, Young Adult Librarian, helped unite teens at the Pacoima Branch Library to create a visual voice for youth through TLC. During this pilot project, library staff chaperoned weekend field trips for Pacoima teens to visit museums, galleries and cultural institutions around Los Angeles to serve as inspiration for them to produce their own expressive art. The teens then attended library workshops with local muralist Kristy Sandoval to design a 25-foot mural focusing on environmental justice.

The Teens Leading Change Initiative is funded by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.