For immediate release | March 30, 2016

Participate in YALSA’s Summer Learning Programs Contest

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

In celebration of summer, YALSA will be 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. Submit a program now through May 1, 2016.

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 2016 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs.

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. Winners will be notified in the first week of June and the official “top ten” list will be revealed mid-June.

Questions regarding the contest and submission process can be addressed to the Teen Programming HQ’s member manager, Jessi Snow at

YALSA’s Teen Programming HQ is 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

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and library staff to engage, serve and empower teens. 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:


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)