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Teen Subscription Packs

Free take-home activities and conversation starters for teens to de-stress, learn a skill, get creative and be the change, all while engaging communally through virtual hangouts, podcasts, and at the library.

Thanks to our amazing Teen Advisory Group who created a group vision of a new way to serve our community and obtained funding by writing grants and pitching their idea, we are happy to be able to offer more themed monthly subscription packs and internships for teens during the 2021-2022 school year. Scroll down to learn more!

INTERNSHIPS

Internships are part-time from early October 2021 through mid May 2022. We will review applications that are submitted after the deadline if an opening arises. 

Interns will work 8-12 hours per month depending on their role and the work that needs to get finished each week. Stipends start at $12 per hour. Other perks include snacks during in-person shifts, and real hands-on experience you can add to your resume such as project management, product development, and graphic design, and social media for an organization.

Read the details about the internships and the teams, then click the button below to apply by September 15. Watch your email for confirmation and a Zoom link.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

With Generator Z funding from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, the Teen Advisory Group is able to expand our project. We will pay stipends to other teens to help us fulfill our vision to get supplies to more teens in Ypsi and bring people together around topics that are important to youth. 

ABOUT THE WORK

The internships are designed for and intended for teens. Rising freshmen through rising seniors for the 2021-2022 school year are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will be passionate about serving the community, learning new skills, and working on a creative team to develop and promote supply packs and events. Interns will be assigned to one of three creative teams or the project management team described below. Creative teams will report to the youth-led Project Management Team. You will learn the skills you need on the job, but coming with an interest in learning about the work of a specific team is important.

Click on the buttons to read about the work of each team. 

Social Media Interns

You will be working to increase the reach of YDL’s programming and market our services, events, opportunities, and other projects through several social platforms. This includes creating presentable graphics, designing promotional materials, managing online posts, creating and editing photos and videos, and identifying ways we could better engage with our community. A good work ethic, collaboration skills, and a knack for planning are needed to best thrive in this position.

Skills to have or want to learn:

  • Creativity
  • Visual storytelling
  • Public speaking
  • Design skills (Use of Postermywall, Canva, etc)
  • Social media skills
  • Basic WordPress/web page layout skills
Product Development Interns

You will be working to create and assemble monthly themed subscription packs. You will be following a budget and coming up with creative contents for the packs. This can include researching for the most cost effective books, crafts, stickers, snacks, and other items related to the theme. This will also include coming up with informational flyers to go within the packs. A good work ethic, collaboration skills, working under a timed deadline, and a knack for planning and fully executing a project are needed to best thrive in this position.

Skills to have or want to learn:

  • Budgeting/Excel sheet usage
  • Researching skills
  • Creativity and problem solving 
  • Design skills (Use of Postermywall, Canva, etc)
Event Planning Interns

You will be responsible for planning, scheduling, and hosting events, both in-person and online, that bring youth together around the theme of the month. This could take the form of a workshop at the library hosted by a local expert, a youth-led meetup in-person or online where teens can exchange ideas informally, or a podcast teens can listen to from home. A good work ethic, collaboration skills, knowing local teens’ interests, and sticking to a timeline to complete a project are needed to best thrive in this position.

Skills to have or want to learn:

  • Budgeting/Excel sheet usage
  • Planning and hosting meetups and events
  • Creative brainstorming to assessing teens’ needs and interests
  • Bringing people together
  • Evaluating success
  • Podcast hosting and/or sound editing
Project Management Interns

You will help evaluate the project by designing user surveys, write reports to our funders, answer questions from teens and the media, and attend creative team meetings to make sure other interns are fulfilling their duties to keep the project on track by creating and distributing a new pack each month and hosting events to bring youth together. 

Skills to have or want to learn:

  • Leadership
  • Project management skills
  • Writing and speaking skills
  • Attention to detail and sticking to timelines

The Ypsilanti District Library is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse workforce, and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, or age. YDL has an internal workgroup dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion, with the goal of a diverse workforce that is representative at all job levels, of the citizens we serve, to support a more equitable future for all.

SUBSCRIPTION PACKS

Sign up to get a different themed pack each month, with a book and supplies to express your creativity and learn about topics that are relevant to today’s youth. Pick up is available at the library and through other youth-serving Ypsi organizations.

Email teens@ypsilibrary.org with questions!

PREVIOUS SUBSCRIPTION PACK THEMES

TAG You’re It Podcast

A teen-led discussion-based podcast that aims to engage youth in topics pertinent to our lives. The topics covered are loosely linked to monthly teen subscription packs, curated by the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at the Ypsilanti District Library.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our August theme is Back-to-School. Watch for the chance to make a back-to-school craft at the library and college application and scholarship workshops in the fall.

 

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