The Great Stories Club gives underserved youth facing significant challenges the opportunity to read, reflect, and share ideas on topics that resonate with them. Organized by the American Library Association, the program has reached more than 700 libraries in 49 states and more than 30,000 young adults (ages 13 to 21) since 2006. Great Stories Club programs are conducted by libraries working in partnership with juvenile justice facilities, alternative schools, residential treatment facilities, group homes, and other community organizations that serve at-risk youth.
Great Stories Club programs on “Structures of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide" are being hosted by 75 libraries in 2017. Grantees may wish to review programming resources and access the online final report (coming soon!) in advance of the September 29, 2017, final report deadline.
Libraries that participate in the Great Stories Club receive 11 copies of three theme-related books to use in reading and discussion groups of 6 to 10 young adults; a variety of programming support materials; and online or in-person training. Training includes an exploration of the humanities content, programming tips and ideas, and expert and peer support. All types of U.S. libraries located within, or working in partnership with, an organization that serves at-risk youth are eligible to apply.
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