Teen Leadership

Volunteer with Your Library!

Want to help make Your Library an amazing place for teens? Have community service hours to complete? Volunteer at Your Library!

Please note: Not all branches can accommodate new teen volunteers at all times. The more information you can give us, the better we can do at finding volunteer work for you!

Teen Volunteers help out at branches all around Oakland!

Stop by your local branch or fill an application online.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Join us!

Fill out Volunteer Form and select "leadership."

Teen Advisory Boards (TAB) meet monthly at branches.

We have TABs at many of our libraries. If you are interested in joining, stop by your local branch and let your teen librarian know. They'll be happy to tell you more!

Teen Advisory Boards (TABs) work with library branch staff to help make the branch the best place possible for teens. As a member you can be involved with library projects, help plan programs, meet other teens, and earn community service credit.

Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Program

The Oakland Youth Poet Laureate (OYPL) program celebrates teen voices!

Each year we accept applications from talented Oakland writers to join the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate program, a community of young poets.

The Laureate earns an educational scholarship.

The Laureate will, and all the Finalists are invited to, serve as ambassadors for literacy, arts and youth expression with ongoing opportunities for performances, projects, and peer support.

Every applicant is invited to stay in connection with the OYPL community.

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