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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: Springfield City Library

"Unite Teens," Springfield City Library, Springfield, MA

The library will provide a variety of inclusive activities for teens in a safe space and with consistent staffing to help the teens find connections with each other and with their community.

Project Details

Project Name: Unite Teens

Purpose: To provide consistent, inclusive activities for teens in order to encourage connections and a sense of community

Grant Funding Amount: $3,000

Key Elements: Fun activities, team building, inspirational programs, making connections, safe space

Target Audience: Teens, 13-17

Community Support: Make-It Springfield, Arise Springfield, United Way of Pioneer Valley, Office of the Hampden District Attorney, Women's Fund, NEPR Media Lab, Panera, Costco, Family Pizzeria Europa, McNair Business Machines, Minuteman Press

Use of grant funds: Modular furniture, whiteboard, program supplies

Why: Springfield teens report that they are feeling sad or hopeless (41% of females, 21% of males) and that they have engaged in self-harm (26% of females, 20% of males).

They are looking for consistency, community connections, and a trusted and safe space.

Team Members

Marisa Reichert, Shadd Jamison, Jennifer Johnston, and Ellen Sulzycki (not pictured)


Presentation Slide

Unite Teens

Thank you, IMLS!

Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant # RE-95-17-0068-17, in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

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