Growing, Managing, and Defending the Young Adult Budget

How can I gain support for teen initiatives among library management and friends? Where can I find grant money for teen programs and materials? How do I construct a grant application that funders will want to sponsor? These are common concerns for librarians whose budgets are stretched thin in tough economic times. Participants in this course will learn a two pronged approach to building and growing a young adult services budget. Students will learn how to advocate for the YA budget to important library stakeholders, and students will learn how to gain financial support for teen services from grant-funded sources. Students will also learn tips for maintaining the relationships that keep the funding flowing long after this course is complete.

Learning Outcomes

Students in this course will:

  • Learn how to defend the teen services budget to the library director, board of directors, or friends.
  • Expand their knowledge of available grant opportunities.
  • Understand how the unique characteristics of their community relate to available grants.
  • Learn how to identify appropriate national and community resources to aid in developing programming and acquiring materials for their particular community.

Who Should Attend

Young adult librarians, school librarians, teachers, administrators, and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and tweens.

Course Requirements

Participation is this course will require approximately 2.5 hours (asynchronous) per week to:

  • Read the online course material
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete online exercises


Profiled in 2010 by Library Journal as one of 50 Movers & Shakers, Monique Delatte has authored and co-authored nearly $60,000 in grants. She works as an adjunct reference/instruction librarian and grant writer at the Rio Hondo College Library while concurrently serving as the full-time children's/teen/reference services librarian for the La Puente Library and an interim teen/children’s services librarian for Sunkist Library, both of which are County of Los Angeles Public Libraries.

Date(s) & Time(s)

This course is not currently scheduled to be offered, but is available to be licensed for presentation to your library by contacting Nicole Gibby Munguia at or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 5293.

Course Length

Four weeks


  • $155 YALSA members
  • $195 ALA members
  • $215 nonmembers

Course Pairings

Interested in other management classes? Check out Tech Tools for Teen Leadership.


Registration for this course is not presently available.


Nicole Gibby Munguia, YALSA's program officer for continuing education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.