Give $20 in 2020 to Support the Next Generation of Leaders in Library Services

Did you know? Your $20 donation to Friends of YALSA (FOY) can make all the difference as it can truly impact the lives of library staff and the communities they serve. Thanks to you and your donation, library workers serving teens may have access to programs and services that address the exciting challenges of the 21st century and creates pathways to share that knowledge with the entire Association. Each year, FOY donations fund over $15,095 in member awards, grants, scholarships, and stipends, and we are grateful for your generous support.

One program that YALSA participates in that is supported by FOY is the ALA Emerging Leaders (EL) Program. This program helps build the skills of library workers across the country by enabling library staff to participate in project planning workgroups, network with colleagues, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers. Thanks to your donation to FOY, YALSA is able to sponsor one member every year.

YALSA’s 2019 Emerging Leader Kacy Helwick, Youth Collection Development Librarian at New Orleans (Louisiana) Public Library, used her experience from the EL program to springboard her leadership skills and career opportunities. “I realized I don’t have to be a supervisor or manager to be a leader in my library system,” said Helwick. “After finishing my team’s project and coming back from ALA Annual last year, I volunteered to be part of my library’s strategic planning team, and helped to draft the plan that will influence the goals and objectives for our staff for the next three years. [Emerging Leaders] reinforced the idea that I should apply for the opportunities that interest me, because I definitely won’t get the chance to succeed if I don’t try.”

Emerging Leaders is not only about building practical skills. For YALSA’s 2020 Emerging Leader Sue Yang-Peace, Youth Services Librarian at the Las Vegas (Nevada) Clark County Library District, the program has also been a boost to her professional confidence. “I have felt as an imposter and that everyone could tell that I did not belong as a librarian. The Emerging Leaders Program has given me the opportunity to meet other librarians and to see that I am just like them; I do belong.”

Thanks to your donations, our Emerging Leaders have the opportunity to develop and grow. YALSA would like to continue to fund the Emerging Leaders Program, so as 2020 begins, please consider making a donation of $20 to Friends of YALSA and supporting the next generation of leaders in library services, and so much more. Our goal is to have 4000+ donators. This goal is based on the number of current YALSA members; however, you don’t have to be a YALSA member to donate! Your support is greatly appreciated.

-Chris Shoemaker
Financial Advancement Committee member

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