Opportunities for Teens

Opportunities for Teens

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

Teens of Distinction Program

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.

The Teens of Distinction Program is not accepting applications at this time. Applications are usually accepted each year in late August and early September.

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.

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

DC Public Library was a host site for Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2014 One City Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Every summer, teens work in the neighborhood libraries and at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Teens help library customers, shelve books, and learn new skills to put on their college applications and resumes.

The 2015 SYEP application will be available for District residents between the ages of 14 and 21. Applications will be accessible from any computer with a working Internet by visiting www.summerjobs.dc.gov. All youth applications must be received in February 2015 in order to be considered (date forthcoming).

If you would like to work at DC Public Library through SYEP, visit our table at the SYEP 2015 Career Exploration Fair. To be considered, you must also select DC Public Library from the list of host sites on your SYEP application.

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