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Earn Community Hours with the Teen Advisory Group!

Applications for 2022-2023 TAG close on October 1! Continue reading below for all the details! 

 What is the Teen Advisory Group (aka TAG)?

The Teen Advisory Group at the Milton Public Library is the perfect opportunity for teens looking to complete their high school community service hours. Teen Advisory Group Members support staff with the delivery of programs for children and teens at the Milton Public Library. A range of opportunities are available and are divided into the following 3 streams:

Leading to Reading

  • Volunteers assist staff in the delivery of a reading practice program, working one on one with school age children in order to develop their reading skills. The volunteers will also deliver fun, learning based games that help reinforce the joy of reading.
  • In person training session will take place at Beaty on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Weekly sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings at Beaty from 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Fall session runs November 9, 2022- December 14, 2022
  • Winter dates TBD

Teen Zine  

  • Use your voice to speak up about the issues that matter to you!
  • In partnership with PFlag Halton, members of the Teen Zine Stream will work together to publish a regular Teen Zine!
  • Teen Zine meetings will take place at Main
  • Monthly Sessions will take place on October 25, November 22 and December 20 from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
  • Winter dates TBD

Advisory Committee

  • Volunteers in this stream meet monthly with the Teen Services Librarian, acting as representatives of the larger teen community
  • Members advise on the current needs of youth as well as how MPL can work towards fulfilling these needs, assist with program development by advising on current trends and interests, and advocate on behalf of MPL within their teen communities.
  • All members of the program are welcome to attend monthly meetings, which will rotate throughout the 3 branches of MPL (Main library, Beaty Branch, Sherwood Branch).
  • Meetings will ne help on the fourth Thursday of each month
  • The first meeting will be Thursday, October 26, 2022 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Main Library

What Are My Responsibilities?

  • To attend scheduled shifts regularly and on-time, and to communicate with staff in advance regarding any absences or conflicts
  • To be fully engaged in the opportunity, participate to the best of your ability and demonstrate enthusiasm
  • To act as a positive role model and teen advocate within the community and as representatives of Milton Public Library 
  • To provide feedback to staff about volunteer opportunities and the program in general. 

Minimum Qualifications

Completed Grade 8 but not graduated from High School

A resident of Milton, or attending a Milton High School

Passion for community involvement

Conscientious and reliable

Friendly and welcoming attitude

Strong communication skills

Openness to learning new skills and taking on new opportunities

Able to work independently in order to fulfill assigned tasks

Able to work well as part of a team in order to fulfill assigned tasks

Able to illustrate respect, empathy, and patience with others, regardless of age group

How Do I Apply?

Any student in Grades 9 to 12, who lives or goes to school in Milton is welcome to apply. Please download the application on September 12, or pick up an application in person at any MPL Branch. 

Download the 2022-2023 TAG application here

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Past Virtual Volunteer Workshops:

Every Child Matters: Reconciliation Through Education

Saturday October 3, 2020 | 1:00-4:00pm

Teamwork and Leadership with VPI Working Solutions

Saturday November 14, 2020 | 1:00-3:00pm

Milton's Culture Plan: Imagine the Possibilities

Wednesday November 18, 2020 | 6:30-8:30pm

Mental Health Advocacy: Changing the Conversation with CMHA

Saturday January 23, 2021 | 1:00-3:00pm

Journey to Human Rights with the Canadian Museum of Human Rights

Saturday February 6, 2021 | 12:00-1:30pm and 2:30-4:00pm

Lived Experiences Past and Present with Halton Black History Awareness Society

Saturday February 20, 2021 | 1:00-2:30pm

Climate Change Conversations with the Halton Environmental Network

Saturday March 6, 2021 | 1:00-3:00pm

Virtual Career Lab with the Halton Industry Education Council

Monday April 13, 2021 | 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm 

Building a Financially Capable Generation with JA Central Ontario

Saturday May 1, 2021 | 1:00-3:30pm

Research Skills with the Archives of Ontario

Wednesday May 5, 2021 | 4:30-6:00pm

Halton Youth Impact Survey Community Consultation

Tuesday June 1, 2021 | 7:00-8:30pm

Truth and Reconciliation with the Legacy of Hope Foundation

Wednesday June 2, 2021 | 6:30-8:30pm

Inclusive Spaces and 2SLGBTQ+ Allyship with The Positive Space Network

Saturday June 12, 2021 |1:00-2:30pm

Food Insecurity with Food for Life

Monday July 5, 2021 | 2:00-3:30pm

Be a Difference Maker with the Rick Hansen Foundation

Tuesdays July 6, 13, 20, 27 | 4:00-5:30pm

Break the Fake: Media Literacy

Saturday August 14, 2021 | 1:30-3:00pm

Youth-Led Anti-Racism Workshop

Wednesday August 18, 2021 | 4:30-6:00 pm

Sustainable Cities

Thursday Aug 26, 2021 | 4:00-5:30 pm

Facts No Cap: Research Skills with the Archives of Ontario

Wednesday September 29, 2021 | 4:00-5:30pm | Zoom 

Media Literacy and Propaganda

Tuesday November 16th, 2021 | 6:00-7:30pm | Zoom 

Lessons & Legacies of the Holocaust

Thursday January 27th, 2022 | 6:00pm | Zoom 

Roots of Hate and Intolerance

Thursday February 17th, 2022 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Zoom 

Gender Equity

Thursday March 15th, 2022 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Zoom 

Genocide and the Power of Action

Thursday April 12th, 2022 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm | Zoom 

Everyone Everywhere with the Rick Hansen Foundation

Wednesday July 13, 20 and 27, 2022 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | Zoom 

 Non-TAG Volunteer Opportunities

Garden Ambassadors Volunteer Program 

Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00pm at Beaty

Volunteer to help maintain our Indigenous garden at Beaty!

This year Milton Public Library is the proud recipient of $50K in funding from the Government of Canada’s Healthy Communities Initiative. Collaborating with local Indigenous organization Grandmother’s Voice, MPL recently planted a new Indigenous Garden with Miinikaan (‘the SEED in Ojibwe). The purpose of the garden is to inspire a more inclusive, inviting and vibrant community space and to offer an opportunity to cultivate the garden.

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Garden Volunteer Opportunity 

 Thursdays, 6:00pm- 7:00pm at Beaty 

Help us maintain our Indigenous Garden at the Beaty Branch! Join us for each Thursday in July to cultivate the garden, and help create a open, inclusive, and inviting space for the community. 

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