This fall YALSA is launching two brand new online courses! ‘ Amy Alessio, instructor for Tapping Youth Participation to Strengthen Library Services, chatted with me about the course.

Eve: You’re teaching a new class for YALSA that starts in October. Tell us about Tapping Youth Participation to Strengthen Library Services (TYP)?

Amy: TYP is an interactive online class where participants can learn’ about different types of teen volunteering in libraries and communities, from teen advisory boards to teen-designed spaces.’  So many places are dealing with tight budgets and fewer staff, so this is the perfect time to look at how we can best utilize our volunteers. Teens have very few places where they can find paid work these days, and volunteering at their library or media center is a good way to gain real-life work experience and confidence.

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