Teens can earn $800 and make a positive impact on themselves and the community

(Tucson, AZ) Youth, ages 14 to 22, are invited to join the Woods Memorial Library's Health Action Team. Participants will receive an $800 stipend. Applications are due before August 22, 2022

Using writing, art, and the media arts, participants will play a role in changing the conversation in Tucson about youth health. The completed projects will make a positive impact on local youth and the community, and will help the Library in its mission of transforming lives by educating, inspiring, and connecting people.

How to participate:
  • Apply before August 22 to join the team.
  • Youth interns must attend over 60% of the sessions to receive the stipend, which will be paid in monthly installments. 
  • For more information about participant responsibilities, see the Scope of Work
  • Mandatory orientation is Saturday, September 10, 2022, 2-5pm. Participants will register as a vendor with Pima County and sign a Professional Services Agreement.

Projects will run through the 2022/2023 school year. Writing and art workshops, conversations, and planning will take place on Saturdays from 2 to 5 pm and open labs will be held on Wednesdays after school to 5:30 pm

Potential projects include:
  • photo and video journalism
  • podcasting and conversations
  • book trailers and short films
  • social media advocacy
  • creative non-fiction
  • zine making and low-tech media
  • poetry and writing
  • art and photography
  • 2D and 3D design

This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is being led by Young Adult Librarian Matt Landon and Tween Librarian Heather Severson.

According to Matt, "Teens have been especially hard hit by the pandemic. They’ve lost valuable in-school time and time with friends. Their mental and physical health has suffered as a result. The Health Action Team is a chance for youth interns to work closely with the library on art, writing, and media arts projects that bring focus and attention to youth health issues." 

Heather says, "It's always inspiring to see the range of ideas that youth come up with. They are experts in taking care of themselves and their friends. I have a lot to learn from their creativity and persistence in these hard times." 


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