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Library Offers Job Readiness Programs for Teens

In partnership with YouthWork, the City/County/DPS initiative that gives teens and young adults real world work experience, Durham County Library is offering a series of Job Readiness programs to young people ages 13-19.

The series includes programs on Job Applications, Social Media, Mini Mock Interviews, Resumes, Job Readiness, Job Hunting and Volunteering. In addition to the programs, teen librarians in each library will be available by appointment to work one-on-one with teens.

“Many young people have little or no experience filling out job applications, writing resumes, interviewing or even interacting in a professional environment,” said Placedia Nance, the teen librarian at the Main Library. “They also may not realize that many of the things they’re learning in the classroom are imperative in the workplace – writing, math and organizational skills are all invaluable. We help them make those connections.”

Jennifer Brannen, the teen librarian at South Regional agreed, “Some aspects of job hunting and job readiness are things teens have never even thought about. We tell teens things like, ‘Make sure your email address is not Kittens&’ Many are not aware that they need a professional email address for employers to take them seriously.”

The first job readiness series will run through May 15, but teen librarians will likely expand the series and offer one-on-one appointments to teens year-round. The library has been offering job readiness training to adults for years, but with the YouthWork summer jobs program launching on Feb. 17, this is the perfect time to extend the training to the next generation.

Said Nance, “Teens are tomorrow’s business people and leaders. Our goal is to empower them by providing information that helps them become marketable for employment today and in the future.”


* Registration Required. Click links to register.

Saturday, March 8, Teens 13-15, 9 – 11 a.m., Teens 16-19, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. @ Main Library
Teens, join the Durham County Library and the City of Durham for empowering job-readiness sessions on Feb. 17 at the Main Library Auditorium. The session for younger teens, ages 13-15, is in the morning, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. The session for older teens, ages 16-19, is in the afternoon, from 11:35-3:30 p.m. Information in each session will be age and experience appropriate, so please pre-register for the age that’s right for you! Topics will include: Branding and Social Media, Communicating with Confidence,Volunteering and Customer Service

Wednesdays, Mar. 12; Apr. 9; Tuesday, May 6, 4 – 5 p.m. @ Main Library
Teens, do you need assistance completing a job or volunteer application? Learn strategies to make the application process seamless.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 11 am – 12:30 p.m. @ Main Library
A Real Life Simulation is a workshop that utilizes a real life situation to provide students with guidance around how to make strategic choices to create a real plan for their future. This workshop is designed to engage students in a way that is fun and creates awareness around the importance of making decisions that are smart, thought-out and create better outcomes.

Thursday, Mar. 20, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. @ North Regional Library
Join us to learn skills to prepare you for the real world. This month we will explore how to use social media beneficially.

Wednesday, Mar. 26, 4 – 5 p.m. @ Main Library
Practice your interview skills with the librarian. Learn how to interview effectively.

Thursday, Apr. 10, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. @ North Regional Library
Join us to learn skills to prepare you for the real world. This month we will learn and improve interview skills.

Monday, Apr. 21, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. @ East Regional Library
Do you need help creating your resumé? Drop in and learn how write a resumé.

Monday, Apr. 28, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. @ Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center
*Tuesday, May 13, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. @ Stanford L. Warren

Hey teens, interested in finding a summer job? Join us for an information session, and make it happen!

Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, 2 – 4 p.m. @ South Regional Library
Teens, looking for a summer job? Get practical tips for job hunting, filling out applications, interviewing and creating a resumé. Also find out about employment resources at the library.

Thursday, May 15, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. @ North Regional Library
Join us to learn skills to prepare you for the real world. This month we explore teen volunteer opportunities.

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3 Responses to Library Offers Job Readiness Programs for Teens

  1. L. Gunn March 6, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    I am registering my grandson. He will not be 13 until April I just want him to be exposed to these opportunities. Looks like a great event for Durham youth..

  2. L Hamilton May 3, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    The days and the dates listed for the month of May don’t match up. Is it Tuesday May 12 and Saturday May 16?

    • Durham County Library May 4, 2015 at 9:12 am #

      This program occurred in 2014. This is the old blog post from February of 2014. As far as I know, we are not offering that program this year. Sorry for the confusion.

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