Tucson, AZ: Pima County Public Library

Teen 365 Helps Teens Create Pathways to Happy and Successful Adulthoods

Teen 365 is a year-round program for youth ages 12–18 that supports the vision and mission of Pima County Public Library services to young adults by ensuring that all YA programs support teens in developing skills, connections, and opportunities to create a successful and happy adulthood. The program has a holistic framework that addresses all aspects of teen development, from academic goals to social and personal interests.

The program is based on the principles of Connected Learning, a youth-centered approach to learning that provides interest-driven programming with connection to peers and mentors who support academic and/or career achievement. When YA programs are intentionally designed with these components, teens become deeply engaged in the learning process and outcomes are transformational.

Teen 365 also supports the wider community by increasing Pima County’s skilled workforce. This is accomplished by providing teens with the skills and experience needed to succeed in a 21st-century workplace. Through volunteer, internship, and youth leadership programs at the library, teens develop skills such as problem solving, communication, and critical thinking, all of which are necessary to succeed in a competitive, quickly changing work environment.

Read the full post by Kendra Davey on Medium
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