Read reasons #1-4 here, and #5-8 here.

We asked YALSA members to share their top reasons to give to YALSA, and here are some of them:

Reason #9:  Grants and scholarships

Yep, you heard that right. There’s money out there. YALSA offers nearly $200,000 a year in awards and scholarships to members. Some of these are sponsored by library vendors, like Baker & Taylor, and Greenwood, but others are sponsored directly by the Friends of YALSA. YALSA supports Spectrum Scholars and Emerging Leaders, and gives grants to members so that they can attend conferences and Library Legislative Day. By supporting YALSA, you are supporting members who are working directly with or on behalf of teens. Find out more here:

Reason #10:  Recognition and Awards

In addition to scholarships and grants, YALSA acknowledges the good work that YALSA members do in a variety of areas. The YALSA Writing Award acknowledges the best writing each year in YALSA’s blogs and journals. The Volunteer of the Year Award acknowledges the contributions of YALSA members who have demonstrated outstanding service to the mission, goals and work of YALSA during a given service year.  Awards are given out for chair, member, and/or a group as a whole.

Reason #11:  Making your voice heard

YALSA has lots of opportunities for members to be heard and to have an influence in the YA community. With two blogs (the YALSA Blog and The Hub) and two journals (YALS—Young Adult Library Services and JRLYA—The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults) plus wikis, the Teen Programming HQ, the Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week nings, and several active email discussion lists, you have plenty of opportunities to share ideas, opinions, best practices, and more.

Reason #12:  Get a mentor/be a mentor

YALSA’s Virtual Mentoring Program pairs an experienced librarian with a relatively new one and encourages them to share skills and knowledge with one another over the course of a year. Although mentors and protégés establish their own preferred mode of communication, YALSA provides training, a handbook, and other resources to help mentors and protégés set goals and collaborate on activities.

YALSA has a lot to offer its members, but all of these excellent programs have costs—in time, and in money. By donating to YALSA, you enable us to continue to provide these programs and activities to our members, and to support young adult services in libraries. Check out YALSA’s giving page for more details on how to give to YALSA.

Sarah Flowers is a YALSA Past President and currently serving on the Financial Advancement Committee.

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