“I have developed teamwork, leadership and communication skills as a result of volunteering at the Britannia Library that have helped me become more successful in school and at work.”

-Bronwyn, TAG member since 2013

Not only do VPL’s programs provide opportunities for teens themselves to learn, build literacy skills, and unleash their creativity—they give them a chance to give back to their community.

Teen Advisory Groups (TAGS) provide opportunities for young people to volunteer for programs such as Reading Buddies, a program where teens read together with a child buddy to help the child build confidence and reading enjoyment, and TASTE, where librarians and teens visit local seniors care homes and teach computer skills. In each of these programs, teens are able to foster connections, develop leadership skills, and feel good about helping others.