Grants & Funding

YALSA will distribute grants of $1,000 each to encourage outstanding Teen Tech Week activities by providing financial assistance, while recognizing YALSA members for excellent library services for and with teens, especially those teens that lack access to up to date technology. Innovative proposals that help teens gain skills in using digital media, whether to help with school work, explore personal interests or prepare for careers are encouraged.

Funds may be used to purchase digital media, enhance the library's collection or support a particular program activity. Funds may not be used for salaries or for food/beverages.

The application deadline is January 1, 2017. Grant recipients will be announced the week of January 23, 2017.

The grant is open to both public and school libraries.

To determine if you are eligible to apply, you must answer yes to the following questions

  • Is your activity organized through a library?
  • Will you be the project coordinator for this activity?
  • Are you a personal member of YALSA?

Grantees will be expected to do the following:

  • contribute to a YALSAblog post about Teen Tech Week in Feb.,
  • submit a final report in April
  • submit program to YALSA's Teen Programming HQ site
  • create a YALSA Academy video that teaches or informs other library staff about one aspect of your TTW program.

New to grant writing? Check out these great tips!

Apply now through the online form.

The application period is now closed. Grant info is not available at this time.

To explore other funding opportunities, check out YALSA's grants page on the YALSA wiki.

Not a member? Join! Membership in YALSA/ALA starts at $61 per year. Join online or by phone, 800-545-2433 (press 5).

For more information, please contact Anna Lam at

Encourage teens to take advantage of all the great digital tools offered through the library to become content creators! #TTW18


Passive Program

Started by Valerie Gilbert in Sample Title. Last reply by Amy Ojserkis Mar 6. 1 Reply

Any ideas for a TTW passive program? We're a small branch and get a handful of teens.ThanksContinue

Successful High School Programs

Started by Karen Abraham in Sample Title. Last reply by Amy Ojserkis Feb 27. 4 Replies

I have always struggled to get a large turnout at my high school for teen tech week.  Any suggestions on how to draw them in?  Any ideas that have worked for other high school libraries?  Thanks!Continue

Tags: school, high

What are your planning for your public library for TTW 2017?

Started by Carla Avitabile in Sample Title. Last reply by Carla Avitabile Feb 27. 3 Replies

I have always felt that TTW can be many things. So many in fact it can be hard to focus on on aspect or another even when there is a theme. The public library where I work is located in a school…Continue

Open Source Media

Started by Dawn Abron in Sample Title Feb 6. 0 Replies

Teen Tech Week 2017 includes coding.  If you are looking for coding sites/activities for your programming, check out this article on…Continue

Tags: Coding


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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