Opportunities for Teens

Opportunities for Teens

There are lots of ways that teens can be involved in the library.

Teens of Distinction Program

The Teens of Distinction Program is full and is not accepting applications at this time.

The DC Public Library offers part-time jobs for teens through the Teens of Distinction Program. Teens work 12 hours per week all year long, helping the library with important tasks and projects.

To apply, you have to:

  • be a D.C. resident
  • have and maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average
  • be 16 to 19 years old
  • be able to work 12 hours per week
  • be able to commit to working for DC Public Library for at least nine 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 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.

Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP)

DC Public Library will be a host site for Mayor Marion S. Barry's 2016 Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP). Every summer, youth work in the neighborhood libraries and at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Youth help library customers, shelve books, and learn new skills to put on their applications and resumes.

2016 MBSYEP applications will go live on Wednesday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m. This year, MBSYEP will start on Monday, June 27, 2016 and will end on Friday, August 5, 2016.

The six-week program will consist of 29 days of work (Monday, July 4, 2016 is observed as a holiday and youth will not be paid for this day).

Applications will be accessible from any computer with a working Internet by visiting www.summerjobs.dc.gov. All youth applications must be received by a date TBD in order to be considered.

If you would like to work at DC Public Library through MBSYEP, you can visit our table at the MBSYEP 2016 Career Exploration Fair. To be considered, you must also select DC Public Library from the list of host sites on your MBSYEP application.

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