Teen Literacy

General Overview

  • Lack of enriching opportunities during out-of-school time
  • Programs that provide after-school services, including literacy focus include Boys and Girls Clubs and your local YMCA
  • Strategies are needed to address students/schools with the most critical needs.
  • Increase after-school programming and parental involvement programs ensuring that learning activities link to classroom activities
  • Develop regionwide performance measurement and evaluation system for services across the lifespan

Fast Facts

  • Young people spend only 20% of their time in school; how they spend the remaining 80% of their time impacts their learning.
  • Libraries serve an important purpose in the community and especially in the K-12 landscape.
  • Libraries serve, and are not just a source of literacy services. They are also a safe place to go after school.

Information taken from the Literacy 2030 Midlands Needs Assessment, 2012.

Developmental Milestones

Grade Level Programs

  • Grade Level Programs
    Extracted from the Promising Practices Guide, which provides programs and best practices for different demographics of library programs around the state

Potential Partners

Grant Opportunities

  • South Carolina State Library: A great resource for local and state grant research.
  • American Library Association: ALA not gives grants of its own, but it also links to federal grants, including Gates, IMLS, National Endowment for Humanities, OCLC, and more.
  • Grants.gov: A centralized location to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. The system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets applications for 26 federal grant-making agencies.
  • Scholastic Grants: A frequently updated listing of public and private library grants that support library programs and initiatives that help young people.
  • K-12 Grants: Financial awards available for U.S. schools, continuously updated by THEJournal.com.
  • Finding the Funds: Renaissance Learning provides valuable advice on writing grants for educational initiatives, plus a comprehensive list of funding opportunities.
  • LibraryWorks: A variety of time-sensitive and ongoing grant opportunities for libraries.
  • IMLS Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services offers a searchable database of grants available for libraries across the United States.