What does it mean to lead or to be a leader? It’s the action of leading a group of people or an organization and also the state or position of being a leader and when people look to you as being a leader.
There a lot of opportunities for teens to lead in their schools, libraries, outside organizations and more. What are some opportunities for teens to lead in their communities?
Teen Central has an opportunity called the Teen Leadership Council. It’s a youth-driven council that provides teens in grades 6-12 an opportunity to develop leadership skills, help to develop teen services and programs in Teen Central and connect with the community while volunteering with the library. The Teen Leadership Council meets every month on the last Wednesday of each month at 3:30. Want more information? Contact Jess firstname.lastname@example.org Teen Central also has opportunities during the school year; Teen Tech Mentor and Teen Gaming Specialists, where teens are hired, trained and then lead programs in the Lab and in the Media Lounge. Look for these opportunities in June.
Artists for Humanity hires teens to work collaboratively with mentors to inspire solutions-big and small. There are all kinds of programs teens can become involved in with Artists for Humanity working in studios and learning more about arts and technology.
The Mayor’s Youth Council provides teens with an active role in addressing youth issues, the issues that they deal with are real and they work in teams to try and solve the issues. The Council is also provided with a budget that they utilize to help solve the issues. Public speaking is also something the Mayor’s Youth Council is provided with as well as honing these skills.
The Boston Youth Service Network has a Youth Council that is a major component of Network activism and authentic alternative education youth voice. It is the only youth council in Boston representing the perspective of out-of school youth enrolled education diploma, GED/HiSET, and career exploration programs in the BYSN Network.
Generation Citizen works to ensure that teens receive an effective action civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills to participate in democracy as active citizens. Do you like debate and public speaking? There is a Student Leadership Board as well as other opportunities to get involved with.
Are you interested in poetry and/or open mics? Mass LEAP has a Youth Spoken Word Leaders Program that seeks to support the development of youth not only as artists but also as organizers and teachers.
Are you interested in learning more about leadership opportunities? The Boston Public Library, Teen Central has a Teen Leadership Council that meets monthly in Teen Central and there is a job help page that provides information on job opportunities, volunteer and internship opportunities.
Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.
*”Teens Leading in the Community” features interviews and stories about teens leading in their communities by Jessi, the Teen Services Team Leader, Central, on the third Tuesday of every month