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Teen Leadership Council

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About Teen Leadership Council

What is Teen Leadership Council?

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

The Council is a self-directed group who 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 action, by working on projects that benefit others, and by advocating for youth services both at the library and in the community.

Who can participate in Teen Leadership Council?

Teens in grades 7–12 are eligible to join.

Currently, the Council is located at Spokane Valley Library and meets on the first Wednesday of each month, 5–6pm.

Why should someone join Teen Leadership Council?

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

  • Share your ideas in creative ways
  • Make a difference in your community
  • 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 as well as those of the other teen leaders 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 it into action

These are just some of the possibilities. Ultimately, what the Council accomplishes will be decided by the teens participating.

What is expected of Teen Leadership Council members?

  • Regularly attend monthly meetings, held on the first Wednesday of each month, 5–6pm. Or notify the librarian if you’ll miss a meeting
  • Actively participate, share ideas, and interact in meetings
  • Model good behavior in the library
  • Help encourage other teens the 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 meetings, projects might need Council members to work on them for up to 4 hours of additional time per month.

How does someone join Teen Leadership Council?

Attend a Teen Leadership Council meeting to check it out, and while there, pick up a participation agreement to fill out.

Or you can pick up the participation agreement at the first-floor reference desk at Spokane Valley Library.

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

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

After you turn in the signed participation agreement, the librarian who is supporting the Council will contact you.


If you have questions about Teen Leadership Council, you can call Spokane Valley Library at 509.893.8400, or email Librarian Alison Johnson at ajohnson@scld.org.

Teen Leadership Council Projects

2022–2023 Zine

More information to come