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 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.
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 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 will be 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.
On Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm, the application for the 2014 SYEP will be available for District residents between the ages of 14 and 21. Applications can be accessed from any computer with a working Internet by visiting www.summerjobs.dc.gov.
All youth applications must be received by Saturday, February 15th in order to be considered.
Youth needing assistance with her or his application is encouraged to attend Midnight Madness -- the official SYEP application kick-off event.
Midnight Madness is Friday, January 24, 2014 from 12:15 pm until 12:00 midnight at DOES Headquarters | 4058 Minnesota Avenue NE. It is adjacent to the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station. DOES staff will be on hand to assist youth and their families and to answer any questions. For more information about SYEP, visit www.summerjobs.dc.gov.