YALSA opens up 2019 summer learning and teen intern grant applications

For Immediate Release
Thu, 09/13/2018


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has opened up the applications for its 2019 Summer Learning Resources and Teen Summer Intern Grants.

Through generous funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, two grants are available: the Summer Learning Resources Grant and the Teen Summer Intern Program Grant. The purpose of the grants is to help libraries combat the summer slide, as described in YALSA’s position paper, “Adopting a Summer Learning Approach to Increase Impact."

Twenty-five summer learning resources grants, worth $1,000 each, will be awarded to libraries in need to allow them to provide resources and services to teens who are English language learners, struggling in school and/or who are from socio-economically challenged communities. Twenty-five teen summer intern program grants, also worth $1,000 each, will be awarded to libraries to provide teens a chance to build hands-on job skills while supporting the implementation of summer learning programs.

Interested applicants are invited to apply for the grants if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a YALSA member at the time the application is submitted and throughout the grant implementation process (not a member? Join here)
  • Summer learning program must be administered through a library
  • Summer learning program must be open to all teens in the community
  • Library must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store

Eligible applicants can apply now through Jan. 1, 2019. Recipients will be notified during the week of Feb. 18, 2019. For information about joining YALSA, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/join. YALSA/ALA membership starts at $65 per year.

To learn more about the grants and to apply, please visit YALSA’s Summer Learning website. To learn more about how the grants support summer learning programs, view a brief video featuring past grantees.

For years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided Youth Literacy Grants to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in hopes to provide assistance in implementing and expanding literacy programs for youth. For more information about Dollar General and its Youth Literacy Grants, visit www.dollargeneral.com.

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 www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.