[OYAN] College and Career Readiness (teens)

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Aug 18 16:01:27 PDT 2017

The following blurb is from ALA's Young Adult Library Services Association e-newsletter<http://mailchi.mp/ala/alaac17-new-volunteer-opportunities-youth-development-webinar-more-463949?e=0da9e8e774>.

YouthTruth Releases Findings On College and Career Readiness
YouthTruth analyzed student perception data from over 55,000 high school students across the country about their college and career readiness. These insights are available in the fifth report in Youth Truth's Learning from Student Voice<http://ala.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=b9b7f12a0545b1a14ef19a691&id=d2311e00b6&e=0da9e8e774> series, a free downloadable resource to improve practice

YouthTruth's lasted report indicates that 84% of the 55,000 high school students they surveyed want to go to college. The breakdown of data by race and ethnicity<http://www.youthtruthsurvey.org/college-career-readiness-2017/> is very interesting and worth taking 10 minutes to review-definitely things to consider when targeting library services to those who may need them most.

The report also indicates that students find support services helpful, but most students aren't actually using them! Here is my question to libraries....

*         Can libraries provide teens with college entrance exam prep, information/resources about possible careers, and help applying for college?

*         If so, how can we identify and engage the teens who aren't going to use these services without a little extra help or motivation?

*         What about the 16% of teens who don't want to go to college? How can libraries support their efforts to enter the workforce?

Katie Anderson
Youth Services Consultant
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