Teen Leadership Council at Spokane Valley Library Offers Teens Chance to Make a Difference in Their Community

Posted on September 28, 2022 at 6:00 am

Teens waiting with flyers in their hands

What is Teen Leadership Council?

The Teen Leadership Council is made up of teens who are passionate about making their community better!

The Council is a self-directed group who can decide how they want to make a difference. For example, they can help shape library services for teens and kids by planning programs and putting them into effect, by working on projects that benefit others, and by advocating for youth services both at the library and in the community.

Who is eligible to participate in Teen Leadership Council?

Teens in grades 7–12 are eligible to join. Currently, the Council is located at Spokane Valley Library.

Why should someone join Teen Leadership Council?

The benefits of joining are many. Here are some examples:

  • Share your ideas in creative ways to make a difference in your community
  • Help plan library programs, events, displays, or service projects
  • Help shape what the library offers teens and how it serves them
  • Gain volunteer and leadership experience
  • Build your resume with community service
  • Gain a future job reference
  • Earn community service hours
  • Make new friends and have fun

What do Council members do? What are some possible Council-led projects?

What you do as part of Teen Leadership Council is based on your interests, skills, and enthusiasms and those of the other teens involved. So, you get to decide what the Council will do!

Some project ideas include:

  • Creating a Zine
  • Writing book reviews
  • Hosting a movie night
  • Planning a program for teens, such as a murder-mystery party or a book club
  • Planning and presenting a program for younger children
  • Helping the library make decisions that impact youth services
  • Planning a community service event and putting into action

These are just some of the possibilities. Ultimately, what the Council accomplishes will be determined by the members themselves.

What is expected of Teen Leadership Council members?

  • Regularly attend the monthly meetings, held on the first Wednesday of each month, 5–6pm. Or notify the librarian if you’ll miss a meeting
  • Actively participate in the group, share ideas, and interact in meetings
  • Model good behavior in the library
  • Help encourage other teens to explore what the library has to offer
  • Participate in at least one project or event per year

What is the time commitment to participate in Teen Leadership Council?

Teen Leadership Council meets once a month for an hour. Attending and participating in the monthly meetings is an important part of being a member. In addition to the meeting, Council projects might need up to 4 hours of additional time per council member per month.

How does someone join Teen Leadership Council?

You can attend a Teen Leadership Council meeting to check it out and pick up a Participation Agreement to fill out. Or you can pick up a Teen Leadership Participation Agreement at the first-floor reference desk at Spokane Valley Library.

You can also download the agreement: Teen Leadership Council Participation Agreement

Then, fill out the participation agreement and returned it to Spokane Valley Library during open hours or at a Teen Leadership Council meeting.

Interested participants will be contacted by the librarian who is supporting the Council.

Questions?

If you have questions about Teen Leadership Council, you can call Spokane Valley Library at 509.893.8400, or email Librarian Molly Moore at mmoore@scld.org.

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