Friends of YALSA is happy to introduce the 2022 Campaign, With You in 2022 .

 This campaign reflects the growing importance of YALSA’s mission and work in the following areas:

  • Advocacy: educating members, library workers, the general public and policy makers about the importance of providing excellent library services to teens, and the critical role that library workers and libraries play in helping teens develop key literacy skills and a lifelong appreciation of reading.
  • Continuous Learning: creating opportunities for all members and library workers to grow through grants, providing scholarships to those in need and offering distance learning and institutes.
  • Planning for the Future: helping to attract new members and retain existing ones, creating public awareness campaigns, planning and carrying out new initiatives to pursue excellence in library service to young adults, and more.
  • Research: guiding and promoting research in the field of young adult librarianship through grants, publications and other means to ensure that the field of librarianship has the necessary knowledge to meet the needs of teens.
  • Teen Literacies: sponsoring literacy initiatives such as Teen Read Week, YALSA’s booklists and book awards, and guaranteeing YALSA’s place in the forefront of our nation’s adolescent literacy campaigns.

What else does Friends of YALSA support? 100% of your donations fund FOY’s initiatives, which includes YALSA’s Awards and Grants:

  • 2 Spectrum Scholars
  • ALA Liaison
  • Young Adult Services Symposium Stipends
  • 1 Emerging Leader
  • Frances Henne Research Grant
  • Innovation Award
  • MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens
  • Writing Award
  • Collection Development Grant

You may donate by credit card via the ALA Development Office’s secure website, or send a contribution by mail by downloading and completing the paper form. Send your donation to: Friends of YALSA, 225 North Michigan Ave, STE 1300, Chicago, IL 60601.

Thank you in advance for your support, gift, time and generosity.


~Kelly Czarnecki (she/her), YALSA President 2021-2022

~Joel Shoemaker, YALSA Financial Advancement Committee Chair on behalf of the Financial Advancement Committee

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