Opportunities for Teens
There are lots of ways that teens can be involved in the library.
- Teens of Distinction Program
- Volunteer Opportunities -- Be a Teen Library Helper
- Summer Youth Employment Program
Teens of Distinction Program
The DC Public Library offers part-time jobs for teens through the Teens of Distinction Program. Teens work 10-12 hours per week all year long, helping the library with important tasks and projects. The Teens of Distinction Program is now hiring!
To apply, you have to:
- be a D.C. resident
- have and maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average
- be 16 to 18 years old
- be able to work 10-12 hours per week
- be able to commit to working for DCPL for at least 9 months
Oh, and of course you have to impress us with your wonderful personality and intelligence!
Find out more about the Teens of Distinction Program.
Take a look at one of the latest projects the Teens of Distinction completed--Your Story Has a Home Here, an oral history and studio photography project with D.C.'s homeless population.
Teen Volunteer Opportunities
If you want to earn community service hours for school, become a Teen Library Helper at DC Public Library.
Teen Library Helpers work at either a neighborhood library or in a division of the Martin Luther King Library. Visit the volunteer page to get all the details and info on how to apply.
Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
The DC Public Library is a host site for Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2013 One City Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Every summer, teens work in the neighborhood libraries and at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (central library). The program will run from Monday, July 1 to Friday, Aug. 9.
Teens help library customers, shelve books, and learn lots of new skills to put on their college applications and resumes, such as program planning, blogging and media production.
Learn more about next year's program in early 2014.