Teens of Distinction Program

Teens of Distinction Program

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

The Teens of Distinction Program is DC Public Library's year-round employment program for D.C. teens. Teens of Distinction are expected to be leaders in the library and among their peers. Check out the links for more info. Am I eligible to apply?
To apply for the Teens of Distinction Program, you must:
  • be a D.C. resident
  • have at least a 2.5 grade point average
  • be 16 to 19 years old (teens “age out” of the program when they turn 20 years old)
  • be able to work 12 hours per week
  • be able to commit to working at least nine months at DC Public Library
  • be generally available for trainings on Saturday mornings and/or afternoons
What would I be doing?
Teens of Distinction are assigned many tasks within the library. The basic job responsibilities are:
  • Help keep our materials organized (put materials back on the shelves, etc.).
  • Give great customer service by answering customers’ questions, checking out their materials, etc.
  • Create and lead programs for the public.
  • Get customers excited about our collections, by creating displays and marketing our materials.
  • Promote the library to your peers, so more teens come to the library.
  • Participate in focus groups about different topics, so we can make the library better.
What will I get in return?
Teens of Distinction get paid $10.51 per hour. In addition to that great wage, you also:
  • Learn the ins-and-outs of a library—including research tricks that will impress your teachers and professors.
  • Cultivate great customer service skills that you’ll be able to apply to any other job.
  • Learn how to communicate better with all kinds of people—including adults and peers.
  • Get training in things like college prep, managing your money and résumé writing.
  • Meet other incredible teens from around the city.
Where would I be working?
You’ll be assigned to one library—either the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library or one of the neighborhood libraries around the city. You let us know which libraries you’d prefer as a work site, and we try to match you.

How do I apply?
The Teens of Distinction Program is full and is not accepting applications at this time.

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