Career & College Readiness Project: Apply to Participate

Rural, small, and tribal libraries can apply now through September 1, 2017 for the Association of Rural and Small Libraries’ (ARSL) and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) “Future Ready with the Library: Connecting with Communities for College & Career Readiness Services” project.

The ultimate goal of this project is to plan, implement, and evaluate a college and career readiness (CCR) service for the tween and teen middle schoolers in your community.

Types of eligible libraries include any one (not all three) of the below:

  • Small = any library with a service area of 15,000 or less
  • Rural = any library more than 25 miles from an "urbanized area" (as defined by the US Census) [see The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States]
  • Tribal = any library established by an Indian nation or a public library on tribal lands
    If you have a question about your library’s eligibility, contact Linda W. Braun, Future Ready at the Library Project Manager, at

Interested in applying? You can can watch a recording and view the slides and chat transcript of the July 2017 informational webinar.

Application due date: September 1, 2017.
Apply here

30 successful applicants will participate in a year-long experience that kicks off with a two-day orientation in Denver, CO, February 8-9, 2018.  Each of the 30 will receive:

  • funds to travel to Denver
  • funds for their library to use to hire temporary staff to cover their absence while in Denver
  • a stipend to purchase college and career readiness (CCR) materials for their library
  • a stipend to use towards a professional development activity, such as attendance at a state conference

Those who are selected to participate in 2017 will be in a cohort of 30 learners. Cohort members will have the opportunity to:

  • Hone their skills to support service for and with youth in the community
  • Create or expand services that specifically support the CCR needs of middle school students and their families
  • Advance relationships with community partners
  • Build relationships with colleagues across the country
  • Access customizable tools to support your specific community’s needs
  • Access resources just right for supporting the CCR needs of middle school youth and families
  • Attend a face-to-face meeting at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO in Feburary 2018
  • Build a small collection of materials to support CCR in the community with funds provided for by the grant
  • Attend conferences or other training opportunities in their local area to learn more about supporting CCR needs, with funds provided for by the grant

To learn more, visit YALSA's Future Ready with the Library FAQ.

Next year, ARSL and YALSA will also recruit cohort members for 2019. Sign up to receive email notifications about the project, including an announcement of when the next round of applications opens, via their online form.

• ALA Member News: Rural, small, and tribal libraries invited to apply for college and career readiness project
• YALSA's Future Ready with the Library FAQ
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