Growing, Managing, and Defending the Young Adult Budget

This course is not currently being offered as part of this year’s course schedule; however, for groups who have 20 or more individuals interested in taking the course, we can offer it exclusively to your organization!

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

  • Teen services librarians
  •  Public library workers
  • School library workers
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Literacy-focused professionals who work directly with teens and tweens


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.



With a group offering, all registrants, regardless of membership status, will receive the YALSA member rate.

Group offering without CEUs - $155 per person
Group offering with CEUs - $175 per person


How to Register

This course is currently available only as an organization-exclusive offering. For inquiries about how employees at your organization can participate in an offering exclusive to your group, please contact Program Officer, Continuing Education Nicole Gibby-Munguia at or 1-312-280-5293.

Payment is accepted via check, money order, purchase order or credit card. Fax registrations are accepted for credit card and purchase orders only.

Tech Requirements

This e-course is hosted through Moodle.


For organizations requesting an organization-exclusive offering of the course, an application for CEU credits may be filed upon request. This four-week course may be eligible for 1 CEU credits.


Contact Nicole Gibby-Munguia, YALSA's Program Officer, Continuing Education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.