Chair's and President's Programs
ALA Unit/Subunit: YALSA
Meeting Type: President's Program,Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
YALSA President Sandra Hughes-Hassell’s year-long initiative, Youth Activism through Community Engagement, is a call to action for library staff to support teens in developing the necessary skills, tools, and confidence to engage in enacting social change. This YALSA initiative recognizes that teens are experts on the issues facing their communities. This is especially true for youth who are experiencing marginalization due to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ableism, or other forms of oppression. As library staff, we can support teens’ desire to become positive agents of change in their communities. Attend this session to learn about innovative, teen-centered programs that foreground social justice and emphasize the development of teens’ knowledge and abilities to engage in advocacy and community engagement. Attain strategies, ideas, and resources to take back to your own library. The panel includes Gabbie Barnes, YOUmedia Manager and Teen Services Librarian at Hartford Public Library (CT), Jose Cruz, Middle School Services Librarian at Oak Park Public Library (IL), and Julie Stivers, School Librarian at Mount Vernon Middle (NC).