Participate now in YALSA’s Summer Learning Programs Contest

For Immediate Release
Mon, 06/12/2017


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO — Individuals with innovative summer learning program ideas are invited to submit it now through July 15, 2017 to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teen Programming HQ for its Summer Learning Programs Contest!

In celebration of summer and National Summer Learning Day on July 13, YALSA is holding a contest to find the “top ten” summer learning programs. Programs with focuses on STEM/STEAM, digital literacy, college and career readiness, service learning, or aimed at underserved or underrepresented populations in your community are of particular interest.

Interested individuals may enter the contest by submitting an outline of their program via the program template on the Teen Programming HQ site. After submission, programs will be judged by the Teen Programming HQ's member manager and its group of content experts who will select the top ten ideas that will become YALSA’s official 2017 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs. Submit a program now through July 15, 2017.

All ten winners will receive a gift pack full of great YALSA resources and swag. Additionally, one lucky individual from all submitted entries will be chosen at random to receive a $50 Amazon gift certificate. The official “top ten” list will be revealed in early August.

Questions regarding the contest and submission process can be addressed to the Teen Programming HQ’s Member Manager, Angela Veizaga at

YALSA’s Teen Programming HQ is a free, one-stop shop for library staff to find and share program ideas and to network with one another around issues related to planning, implementing and evaluating library programs for and with teens. The site aims to promote best practices in programming by featuring user-submitted programs that align with YALSA’s Teen Programming Guidelines and Futures Report

The Teen Programming HQ website is funded through a sponsorship from Best Buy and a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. To learn more about the contest, visit the Teen Programming HQ website at

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: