Transforming Teen Services Online Training

As part of the Transforming Teen Services project from YALSA, over the next 2 years, Catherine Boddie from Arapahoe Library District and Beth Crist from the State Library will offer sessions about teen growth and development, connected learning, cultural competence, computational thinking, and more. Take advantage of this opportunity to build and develop services for and with teens that will help guarantee that the adolescents you support have what they need for future success. Watch for these sessions at upcoming conferences and regional workshops–the first one being Breaking Down Barriers: Computational Thinking for Teens at the CAL Conference on Sept 10, 2:45-3:45!

In these very interactive sessions (online for now), explore the importance of connected learning: linking relationships, youth interests, and real world applications for effective youth programming. Get inside the heads of your teens to explore later stages of youth development and how it affects their interactions with the library, and learn about their changing needs and assets. Understand computational thinking–it can be a scary term but is really just a way of critical thinking that can be used to solve problems across all disciplines, and is very useful for all ages. In all of the sessions, come away with new, attainable ideas for youth programming, fostering relationships for everyday teen services, and developing language for advocacy.

These sessions will be rolling out this fall and winter; you can also request online sessions for your library jurisdiction or region. If you’re interested, please contact Beth Crist at We hope to see you at a session in the near future!

This training is part of the YALSA/COSLA IMLS grant funded project “Transforming Teen Services: a Trainthe Trainer Approach.”