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.

Unfortunately no grant will be offered in 2018 due to a lack of funding from sponsors.

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


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Teen Tech Week: Lego WeDo 2.0

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Learn how to make the rover and program it using an iPad to respond to sensors and make sounds and different color LED lights. It is a 4-week session. Supplies will be provided. Limited space.Continue

Teen Tech Week @ ECHS

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TTW Posts from YALSABlog

Call for Volunteers for the Reenvisioning TRW/TTW Taskforce

On September 24th the YALSA board approved a Board Document that calls for the formation of a taskforce to reenvision the Teen Tech Week and Teen Read Week initiatives and create a larger advocacy/awareness campaign to promote the importance of year-round teen services. If you are interested in being a… Continue reading

Teen Tech Week: Four Steampunk Ideas

Teen Tech Week is finally here! “Libraries are for Creating” is a good theme for to introducing teens to Steampunk. Steampunk is not “punk” at all; the science fiction author, K.W. Jeter made up the word in the 1980’s. Think of it as science fiction meets Victorian Age. Jeter coined… Continue reading

Teen Tech Week: 9 Activities for Creating at Your Library

This year’s Teen Tech Week theme, “Libraries are for Creating,” highlights how teens can combine technology and creativity to create some truly unique products.  The ideas and resources here make for great program activities this Teen Tech Week and any time of the year. Paper Circuits This low-tech, low-cost project… Continue reading



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