Make a Difference in the Community With Your Library
Teens ages 14-19:
When you join your local library’s Teen Council, you’ll have the opportunity to develop and participate in a civic action project and implement positive change in your community. Projects form in September, but you can join anytime.
Examples of past project topics include:
- Digital and Educational Inequities
- Environmental Justice Through Art- Pacoima Mural
- Food Insecurity/Community Gardens
- Student Support Squad
- Tenants’ Rights in Cypress Park
- Youth and Families Experiencing Homelessness
- And more! What’s your great idea?
What are the benefits of participating?
- Receive volunteer credit & community service hours
- Learn valuable leadership skills such as collaboration, problem solving, project management, and technical and digital literacy
- Gain knowledge about the library, local government and democracy in action
- Have an opportunity to receive a Teens Leading Change Library Leadership Award
- Make new friends and have fun!
Interested in being part of the Teens Leading Change? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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 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.
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.