VolunTeen Youth Volunteer Program
The Ecorse Public Library is pleased to offer this volunteer program in an effort to connect with youth in the community, and to provide an opportunity for youth to connect with other members of their own community through technological assistance.
The VolunTeen Program also strives to meet the need for volunteer opportunities for students in Grades 9 -12 currently attending any high school in the City of Ecorse who need to fulfill their Community Service Hours requirement before graduation.
What is a VolunTeen?
A VolunTeen is a youth who volunteers to spend their time (on a regular basis) within the library to provide technological assistance (in areas not already provided by the library) to other library patrons with respect to digital gadgets, popular online websites, social media and other online or computer-based services.
Through VolunTeen Orientation sessions, these volunteers have a chance to learn about and play with devices such as eReaders and tablets which people often come to the library to get help with.
Who can become a VolunTeen?
To be considered for a VolunTeen placement, students/youth in the City of Ecorse can fill out an application form (on paper or online) and return it to any Library. They will then be contacted by Library staff to discuss current placement opportunities in the library location of their choice.
How does this benefit the teen volunteers?
Experience and skills can be added to resume
Teens will be able to connect with other teen volunteers and library patrons
The library will offer training/orientation in all areas of the program. Time spent in training also counts toward high school volunteer hour requirements.
How does this benefit the library?
The library is searching for more ways to connect with young people in ways they are more comfortable, capable and interested.
The library is working towards making our location more welcoming to teens.
Library staff cannot dedicate time to patrons seeking assistance with social media websites, or personal gadgets such as cell phones, etc.
The library will have a pool of youth to consult for future programs, opportunities and discussions.
How does the program work?
Teens just need to fill out an application and indicate their availability.
All VolunTeens must attend an initial VolunTeen Orientation Session before being booked for appointments with library patrons. Orientation Sessions are meant to let the VolunTeens know what will be expected of them.
Teens will fill out either the school hours forms or VolunTeen time sheets that any Library staff may sign to count toward community service hours.
Ecorse Public Library will promote regular appointment times to the public when VolunTeens are present to assist with technological questions.
The library may invite VolunTeens in for discussions (i.e.: teen programs, website improvements, etc. and this time will also count towards volunteer hour requirements).
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Reginald Williams, Director
Ecorse Public Library