In 2019, the 22×20 Taskforce was established as YALSA’s in-kind contribution to the work of the 22×20 campaign. This TF remained active for two years and went through many changes as they faced challenges, including the pandemic. At Midwinter 2021, the TF submitted a recommendation to create a committee that focuses on teen civic engagement that was approved by YALSA’s Board of Directors.
YALSA leadership is now seeking volunteers to serve on the Teen Civic Engagement Committee. The committee will create resources, training, and events that support members in centering engaging diverse teen voices and elevating issues that are important to them.
According to a study done by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, California teens who are engaged in civic life are healthier and are more likely to consider attending college. This study, and others like it, show how vital the work of this committee will be. If you are currently a member of YALSA, and creating resources to support our members in this work sounds fun, then I encourage you to apply. This promises to be an exciting opportunity! Volunteer Here.
For additional information please visit the committee’s webpage. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com with any questions about this committee. Applications are due April 23rd.
Melissa McBride is currently an elementary school librarian in Long Island, NY. She is a member of the YALSA Board of Directors.