Many teens find that they are categorized by their peers, friends, teachers, and even family members. They might find they are thought of as goth or jock or overachieving or underserved.
Being professionals serving teens means making sure to serve all teens no matter what category they place themselves in, or are placed in by others.
The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action, published by YALSA, offers a look into information focusing on how we need to serve all teens today and tomorrow. Some of the quotes that jumped out at me as highlighting this need to actively work towards serving as many teens as possible include:
- “There are currently 74.2 million children under the age of eighteen in the united States; 46% of them are children of color.” p. 2
- “Today more than one-fifth of America’s children are immigrants or children of immigrants.” p. 2
- “The number of unemployed youth ages 16-24 is currently 22.7%, an all-time high.” p.2
- “More than 1.3 million children and teens experience homelessness each year.” Family alcohol /drug abuse, physical/sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, and homosexuality are reasons for them leaving. p.2
- “Issues like poverty, homelessness, failing schools, and bullying have physical and psychological ramifications for teens.” p. 4 Continue reading