The T4 program at Brooklyn Public Library is a unique volunteer opportunity for teens age 14 – 18 that are interested in technology and also public service. First, the teens attend a two week training program where they take courses in coding, 3d printing, Adobe Creative suite, LEGO robotics, oral history projects, library resources and databases and more.
They then work in a local branch library to assist the librarians, run programs, and help patrons. Teens must make a six month commitment and volunteer at least 3 hours a week. They earn community service hours for their time.
This program gives teens hands on experience and training with a variety of new technology that they my not have access to otherwise. They are also learning valuable customer service skills. But what really makes this unique is that the student becomes the teacher. The teen use their skills to help others and their community. It also gives them a chance to explore possible career options in technology, librarianship, and teaching.
Press Release – Seventy Graduates Complete Library’s T4 program