RECEIPT DEADLINE: Friday, February 16, 2018, 11:59 p.m. CST
Date posted: Monday, December 18, 2017
Questions? Contact the American Library Association (ALA) staff at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5045, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC), is a thematic reading and discussion program series that will engage teens who are facing difficult challenges through literature-based library outreach programs. An expansion of ALA’s long-standing GSC program model, the TRHT GSC pilot will feature books that explore the coming of age experience for young people in historically marginalized groups and support racial healing sessions with participating libraries, their community partners, and their teen readers. The TRHT GSC is supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Participating libraries will work with small groups of approximately 8-10 teens, provide three theme-related books for each participant to keep as their own, convene opportunities for exploration and discussion of relevant humanities content among peers, and offer at least one interactive session for program conveners and participants led by a racial healing practitioner(s). Book discussions will be led by an experienced programming librarian, often in cooperation with staff from a partner organization or department, such as teachers and counselors.
Because the TRHT GSC pilot seeks to engage libraries in different areas of the country, serving high-need and diverse groups of teen readers, ALA invites interested librarians to get in touch if there is a specific need for flexibility with the program model or requirements.
The goals of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club pilot are to:
The TRHT GSC pilot also seeks to make a positive impact at the institutional and community level by:
Up to 25 TRHT GSC pilot grants on the theme “Growing Up Brave on the Margins” will be awarded to eligible institutions around the country to support program implementation. Participating sites will host at least one reading and discussion event for each of the three core titles on the reading list, and at least one racial healing session led by an experienced racial healing practitioner or comparable expert. ALA will work with pilot libraries to arrange a racial healing practitioner(s) who is engaged with the TRHT process to meet with your TRHT GSC program group. The practitioner’s services and travel costs will be covered by ALA.
All TRHT GSC pilot programs must take place between May and October 2018.
For the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club pilot, participating libraries will implement “Growing Up Brave on the Margins: Courage and Coming of Age.” This series was developed by Susana M. Morris, Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology, in collaboration with GSC literature scholars and programming librarians and with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Growing Up Brave on the Margins
Growing from a child to a teenager to a young adult usually involves several rites of passage. While these events vary from culture to culture, they usually include educational milestones, parties that celebrate maturity, and special responsibilities that reflect newfound trust from one’s community. These moments can be both scary and exciting. Young people are not navigating these pivotal moments in a vacuum. Indeed, they are sometimes figuring out their morals, values, and increasing independence while living in societies that do not always value their newfound voices.
This circumstance is drawn into particularly sharp relief for young people in historically marginalized groups. Not only do they have to figure out all the “normal” stuff that comes with growing up, they must do so with the added burden of negative social pressure. Under these extra societal pressures, young people of color are forced to perform a type of high-wire act requiring more than the usual intelligence or even pluckiness; courage, bravery, and sometimes even heroism are required.
Growing up brave on the margins of society means moving forward in the face of fear and daunting circumstances. The books in this series feature strong protagonists who rise to challenges and fight for justice in the face of parents who may not always understand them, peers who doubt them, and communities who dismiss them or even find them dangerous.
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
“Kamala Khan is a geeky 16-year-old Pakistani girl in Jersey City with fairly strict Muslim parents, and she is tired of feeling like a weirdo for eating unusual food and having to stay home most weekend nights. She sneaks out one evening to go to a party, but a strange fog rolls in and the Avengers appear before Kamala, speaking Urdu, and they grant her wish to be like Ms. Marvel — right down to the blonde hair and skimpy outfit. Kamala spends the next few days trying to master her new shape-shifting powers, and she struggles with how to appear. Should she abandon her brown skin and Pakistani features in order to be more recognizable as Ms. Marvel? She opts to look like herself, and after updating her burkini for a superflexible costume, she embraces the mantle of protector of Jersey City. Wilson’s story touches on many issues bubbling up around comics today — diversity, gender, culture, sexuality — though never with a heavy hand. The story is the focus here, and together with Alphona’s playful and stylish artwork, Wilson offers a superhero comic full to bursting with heart and charm. Kamala is a supremely likable and relatable hero, and teens will likely line up for more.” -- Booklist review, December 15, 2014
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
“Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two very different worlds: one is her home in a poor black urban neighborhood; the other is the tony suburban prep school she attends and the white boy she dates there. Her bifurcated life changes dramatically when she is the only witness to the unprovoked police shooting of her unarmed friend Khalil and is challenged to speak out — though with trepidation — about the injustices being done in the event’s wake. As the case becomes national news, violence erupts in her neighborhood, and Starr finds herself and her family caught in the middle. Difficulties are exacerbated by their encounters with the local drug lord for whom Khalil was dealing to earn money for his impoverished family. If there is to be hope for change, Starr comes to realize, it must be through the exercise of her voice, even if it puts her and her family in harm’s way. Thomas’ debut, both a searing indictment of injustice and a clear-eyed, dramatic examination of the complexities of race in America, invites deep thoughts about our social fabric, ethics, morality, and justice. Beautifully written in Starr’s authentic first-person voice, this is a marvel of verisimilitude as it insightfully examines two worlds in collision. An inarguably important book that demands the widest possible readership.” -- Booklist review, December 15, 2016
MARCH: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
“Congressman Lewis, with Michael D’Orso’s assistance, told his story most impressively in Walking with the Wind (1998). Fortunately, it’s such a good story — a sharecropper’s son rises to eminence by prosecuting the cause of his people — that it bears retelling, especially in this graphic novel by Lewis, his aide Aydin, and Powell, one of the finest American comics artists going. After a kicker set on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965 (the civil rights movement’s Bloody Sunday), the story makes January 20, 2009 (President Obama’s inauguration) a base of operations as it samples Lewis’ past via his reminiscences for two schoolboys and their mother, who’ve shown up early at his office on that milestone day for African Americans. This first of three volumes of Lewis’ story brings him from boyhood on the farm, where he doted over the chickens and dreamed of being a preacher, through high school to college, when he met nonviolent activists who showed him a means of undermining segregation—to begin with, at the department-store lunch counters of Nashville. Powell is at his dazzling best throughout, changing angle-of-regard from panel to panel while lighting each with appropriate drama. The kineticism of his art rivals that of the most exuberant DC and Marvel adventure comics — and in black-and-white only, yet! Books Two and Three may not surpass Book One, but what a grand work they’ll complete.” -- Booklist review, June 1, 2013
The ALA Public Programs Office will make up to twenty-five (25) TRHT GSC grants to implement the series “Growing Up Brave on the Margins.” Programming requirements appear below under Requirements for Grantees.
TRHT GSC pilot libraries will receive the following.
Applications will be accepted from all types of libraries (public, school, academic and special) in the United States and its territories that meet one of the following criteria:
NOTE: Applications from public libraries, high school libraries, community college libraries, or others that are submitted without an appropriate partner organization MUST INCLUDE a plan to recruit a high-need teen population to be considered. Please contact email@example.com prior to applying if you feel that your circumstances merit special consideration or discussion.
Individuals and organizations other than libraries are not eligible to apply. Late, incomplete, or ineligible applications will not be reviewed.
ALA will accept applications for a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club pilot grant between December 18, 2017 – February 16, 2018. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions before filling out an application.
To begin the application process, go to http://apply.ala.org/greatstories/home. To apply, you must complete the following steps:
Provide text to complete each section for the proposal narrative.
Using the table structure provided, include details about each program, event, or other activity described in your proposal. If you are selected to receive a grant, you will have an opportunity to adjust this schedule later.
Include library project director resume, partner organization contact’s resume, and a letter of commitment from the library’s administration. You may also include sample program or promotional materials from past reading and discussion programs, youth outreach efforts, or other related programs.
Before you access the application, you must register to create an application account.
2. Log In
If you have already registered when applying for another ALA Public Programs Office grant project, you may log in using your e-mail address and password.
3. Complete Project Director Information
Note: The project director is the person who will be responsible for coordinating the entire proposed TRHT GSC series. This individual will be the primary point of contact for the project at the applicant institution.
To complete Step 3, provide all the information that is requested on the Project Director Information screen. You must provide a shipping address in order to receive book collections and related materials. You must then save the information.
After clicking the “SAVE” button, you will be able to return to the application at any time and log in using your e-mail address and password. This will allow you to edit, save, and return to your application as needed prior to the February 16, 2018 submission deadline.
4. Complete Partner Organization / Teen Recruitment Information
If you will work with a community partner, please provide information about that organization in this section.
5. Write the Proposal Narrative
Before you compose the narrative section of this proposal, we strongly recommend that you read these guidelines carefully. If you do not, your proposal is unlikely to be competitive. You may also wish to review the TRHT Glossary of terms.
Please answer each narrative section, describing your plans for hosting this TRHT GSC reading and discussion program series at your organization. The proposal narrative consists of nine sections (described immediately below). Please note that each section of the narrative may not exceed 500 words.
The narrative sections are as follows.
6. Complete the Required Programs Schedule
Using the table generator provided in the online application, provide a schedule of the programs, events, and other activities described in your proposal. As applicable, please indicate the date, location, event type/format, brief description, and anticipated attendance for each program that will be hosted during your series. Grantees will have the opportunity to revise this schedule in April 2018.
7. Upload Supporting Materials
Upload a resume for the project director, local partner contact person, and any other key speakers/presenters described in the proposal narrative.
Upload letter(s) of commitment from your library’s administration. Other optional letters of support may be included here as well.
Upload samples of other reading and discussion programs, racial equity/healing/reconciliation projects, youth outreach initiatives, or other related efforts that your library is or has recently been involved with.
8. Certify Authorization to Submit Application
An application to host a TRHT GSC series is an application for an award from the ALA. ALA is required by law to ask applicants to identify for each application a certifying official who is authorized to submit applications for funding on behalf of the organization.
To complete this section, you must enter all of the information that is requested.
9. Review and Edit Your Application
The Review and Edit page summarizes all the information that you have entered, including your Project Director Information and your Proposal Narrative. From this page you can:
10. Submit Your Application
Once you have completed all parts of your application, you may submit it at any time by selecting the “Submit Application” button. All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, February 16, 2018. Applications submitted after that time will be considered ineligible.
Note that once you have submitted your application, you can no longer alter it. The application will then be submitted for review.
You will receive an e-mail confirming submission of your application. At the confirmation page you will be able to print out a copy of your application. Print and keep this copy for your records.
Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Another factor that may influence the final selection of libraries is the location of the sites. The selection team would like programs to take place in all regions of the country.
Applicants are encouraged to address questions about the selection guidelines, process, and requirements to the ALA Public Programs Office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5045, or firstname.lastname@example.org
IX. Review and Selection Process
Each application will be peer reviewed by programming librarians and ALA project staff. All applicants will be notified of their award status on Monday, February 26, 2018.
X. Award Administration Information