About Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.

Celebrate the next Teen Tech Week with the theme "Be the Source of Change," March 5-11, 2017.

This year's theme encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital resources offered through the library to make a positive change in their life and community.


2017 Teen Tech Week Grants

Posted by YALSA on November 8, 2016 at 12:41pm 0 Comments

Apply now for YALSA's 2017 Teen Tech Week Grant. Each grant will be worth $1,000 each to help support Teen Tech Week programs and activities. Apply by January 1, 2017.

Learn more here.

Funding for Makerspaces in High Schools

Posted by YALSA on March 14, 2016 at 10:55am 0 Comments

Apply for funds to create a makerspace in a high school.  Learn more at http://www.ctemakeoverchallenge.com/

Share Your STEAM ideas & you could receive an Innovation Fellowship

Posted by YALSA on March 11, 2016 at 9:34am 0 Comments

The Innovation Collaborative is collecting innovative lessons, units or projects from K-12 teachers and librarians as part of the first national effort to develop a framework for effective practices at the intersections of arts, sciences and humanities. The resulting matrix will include validated effective teaching practices that are often referred to as STEAM. These will then be tested in classrooms and used to develop educational materials. Submissions will be reviewed by researchers and practitioners, and those with the top entries will be named Innovation Fellows. Fellows will become the Collaborative’s national models, will receive a stipend, and also will have the opportunity to contribute to future project initiatives.


Submission deadline is May 31, 2016. For more information on the Collaborative, the current research and the form to submit, please visit the…


Extend the Learning Beyond TTW

Posted by YALSA on March 7, 2016 at 3:46pm 0 Comments

Check out these two funding opportunities to help you continue to offer STEAM related activities for and with the teens in your community:

  1. The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, today announced a $700,000 open international challenge to scale connected learning through innovative learning playlists that close the opportunity gap and help learners succeed in today’s connected world. The interdisciplinary alliance HASTAC will help to administer the competition on behalf of UCHRI. Applications are due May 13, 2016.  The 6th Digital Media and Learning Competition-- Playlists for Learning - will offer year-long development grants ranging from $25,000 to $125,000. Winning teams will design connected learning playlists that provide viable alternatives to traditional learning pathways while scaling experiences and content to…

Latest Activity

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Dawn Abron replied to Dawn Abron's discussion Empowering Teens With Hashtags
"Great idea, Aaron"
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Aaron Volner replied to Dawn Abron's discussion Empowering Teens With Hashtags
"In February I usually do a passive program for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month where I take some of the quiz resources from the love is respect website and put them out for the teens to do. We aren't allowed to do any of our own social…"
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Appy Hour

At my library, our teen love the Cream & Sugar photo app.  It resembles old timey photo booth strip.  Teens can hold up pictures of empowering messages and you can add text to the bottom-a hashtag perhaps.  Cut them out and put them in books as bookmarks.What are some of your favorite apps for teens?  How can you use them for social empowerment?See More
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Dawn Abron shared their discussion on Facebook
Nov 3

Encourages teens to visit the library to use all of the great digital resources offered to make a change in their life and community. #TTW17

Perks for TTW Site Members

By joining this site, you're eligible for these benefits & resources:

  • Free digital download of themed posters, bookmarks, and more!
  • Free access to archived webinars and opportunities to participate in an upcoming Teen Tech Week webinar
  • updates about grant opportunities
  • materials from TTW Partners, such as database trials, books and more.


Empowering Teens With Hashtags

Started by Dawn Abron in Sample Title. Last reply by Dawn Abron Nov 14. 2 Replies

What social awareness programs have you done at your library? What hashtags did you use to spread the word?Continue

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Appy Hour

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At my library, our teen love the Cream & Sugar photo app.  It resembles old timey photo…Continue

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Donation Letter--Urgent

Started by Terrialynn Cannon in Sample Title Apr 4. 0 Replies

To Whom It May Concern:We are hosting our Teen Tech Week on April 18-22 at New Brunswick High School. We already line up some speakers for this event. We want to have a prize drawing each night. For…Continue

Public Library Programs

Started by YALSA in Uncategorized. Last reply by Rosanne North-Jack Mar 25. 40 Replies

Do you work at a public library? Use this space to find and share ideas for TTW programs that are hosted through public libraries!Continue


TTW Posts from YALSABlog

Instagram of the Week – March 14

A brief look at ‘grams of interest to engage teens and librarians navigating this social media platform. Last week from March 6-12 marked this year’s “Create it at your library” Teen Tech Week celebration. Sponsored by YALSA, this yearly initiative aims to connect teens and libraries, and encourage teens to make use … Continue reading

Create it at Your Library: Preparing for Teen Tech Week 2016

Teen Tech Week is YALSA’s yearly initiative encouraging libraries to engage their teen community with resources that enhance their digital literacy skills. During March 6-12, libraries across the country will be buzzing with tech programs, STEM activities, and will be showcasing their digital resources with pride. Not only does this … Continue reading

Teen Creative Writing & Art Contest for Teen Tech Week

As part of Teen Tech Week, YALSA is teaming up with the Connected Learning Alliance, Deviant Art, the National Writing Project, and Wattpad for the Twist Fate challenge. The challenge is to get young people (ages 13-17) telling stories about what happens when a hero becomes a villain, or a … Continue reading



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