We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a $7,500 grant from Bank of America in support of our Teen Leaders Initiative.  We began this initiative to provide Hartford teens a basic understanding of what is needed to achieve success in both their academic and working careers. With a strong emphasis on career education, job readiness skills, workplace expectations, project management, and personal finance, teens are firmly grounded 21st century skills. This grant will provide for the hiring of five teens that will work with library staff for nine weeks at five branches during the summer months.

Teen Leaders will attend a series of educational workshops that will improve their ability to make positive personal, academic and career decisions. They will participate in the Federal Lunch Program, provide daily library service, and help impact the lives of over 20,000 youth every year.

Teens will also assist with the 2013 Summer Reading Program by guiding and mentoring young readers and by coordinating youth programs and workshops.  In this capacity, they will serve as role models and peer tutors.  Furthermore, they learn educational and leadership skills that inspire the youth they serve.  The Summer Reading Program supports and motivates Hartford youth to achieve summer reading gains that decrease summer learning loss and improve grade-level reading proficiency.

“While the Teen Leader Initiative transforms the lives of a small group of teens, these young people impact the lives of many Hartford youth” said Matthew K. Poland, chief executive officer at Hartford Public Library.

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