WEEK 1: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
SESSION 1: Opening Keynote: How Teens Can Make a Difference
2:00-2:30 PM ET
In this stirring opening session of Empowering Teens, you’ll hear what inspires teens to act in their communities and how library programming can support their efforts. You’ll come away with practical ideas for stoking the passions of your teen patrons rooted in their authentic interests and aspirations to influence change.
Diana Haneski, Librarian/Media Specialist, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (FL)
SESSION 2: Protecting Students’ Rights
2:30-2:45 PM ET
Do you know what rights your teen patrons have when they protest? Find out during this essential session presented by the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), creators of the useful “First Amendment Rights for Student Protesters” resource. You’ll learn how you can support students in their quest to make change in their community while protecting their rights.
Abena S. Hutchful, Youth Free Expression Program, National Coalition Against Censorship
2:45-3:00 PM ET
SESSION 3: Building Teen-Driven Social Justice and Community Programs
3:00-4:00 PM ET
How do you use young people’s passions and interests to implement a teen-driven campaign that will benefit not only the library, but also the community at large? Speakers will share resources, best practices, and ideas on how to engage young adults in programs and events that can inspire them to make a lasting and impacting change on society.
Part 1: 2:45-3:30 PM ET
Izabel Gronski, Oak Lawn Public Library (IL)
Regina M. Townsend, MLIS, Forest Park Public Library (IL)
Part 2: 3:30-4:00 PM ET
Jane Gov, Youth Services Librarian, Pasadena Public Library, Central Library (CA)
Deborah Takahashi, Librarian, Pasadena Public Library (CA)
WEEK 2: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
SESSION 1: Building Partnerships To Encourage Teen Advocacy
2:00-2:30 PM ET
Empowering teen advocates requires the support and buy-in of collaborators, including educators, library staff, and local organizations. The presenters will provide ways that attendees can forge long-lasting partnerships, acquire library/school buy-in, and create strong relationships with experts who will help teens invest in their own future as they find their adult voice.
Angel Tucker, Youth Services Manager, Johnson County Public Library (KS)
SESSION 2: Complex Conversations: Library Programming that Encourages Teens to Speak Up
2:30-3:00 PM ET
Supporting teens in the pursuit of finding their voices is a crucial role of those who work with youth, and the library can provide an ideal setting to encourage critical thinking around pressing community concerns and help teens to establish their voices. This session will cover how can you support critical and complex conversations within the library context, scaffolding new ideas, fostering dialogue, and encouraging teens to include their voices in the conversation.
Erin Hoopes, Library Supervisor, Free Library of Philadelphia
3:00-3:15 PM ET
SESSION 3: Closing Keynote: How to Foster Teen Activism and Create Leaders of Today
3:15-4:00 PM ET
Teens are often told that they are the future, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that they aren’t just the future, but the present. How can we support teens in their civic involvement and encourage them to access the power of their voices today? In this inspiring closing session of our workshop, you’ll learn how to help teens tap into their potential to change the world around them, starting now.
Wick Thomas, Manager, Teen Programs, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (MO)