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Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club Pilot: Application Planning Resources

About Racial Healing Circles

The American Library Association (ALA) will work with TRHT GSC pilot libraries to arrange a racial healing practitioner(s) to lead at least one racial healing circle, session, or workshop with teen readers and program staff (i.e., librarians and partner organization staff who participate in the project).

As you are considering an application for a TRHT GSC pilot grant, it may be helpful to learn more about what a racial healing circle looks like and what its potential impact may be with respect to your local programming. A publication from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation entitled "Restoring to Wholeness" will be available in January 2018 and can help you understand more about what racial healing is and what racial healing circles can help you achieve in your program; you will find a link to the publication on this page when it is available. As you consider this content, you may wish to consider how you will sequence healing circles in the context of your overall reading and discussion program series, how many healing circles you are able to convene, and how you will advocate for inclusion of this work when speaking with library administration and partner organization staff. Additional planning support will be provided to grantees during the April 2018 Orientation Workshop.

Pilot library participants will also receive support from ALA about best practices for embedding healing experiences throughout the TRHT GSC program series.

Additional Funding Sources

Should you require additional support for your TRHT GSC program series, the following organizations may be a possible source of funding.

Community Partner Organizations

The following national youth-focused organizations offer resources for connecting with a local affiliate to forge an eligible library outreach partnership. Many other types of local organizations and agencies are appropriate partners for the TRHT GSC as well. Please contact ALA if you have questions or would like feedback on a prospective partner organization’s fit for the project.

General Program Planning Resources

Create your apply.ala.org profile to begin. You can use this profile for this project, and for future opportunites with the Public Programs Office. All you need to get started is an email address.

To get started, or to return to your application, sign in to your apply.ala.org profile. If you have applied for recent projects with the Public Programs Office, you can use the same email address and password.