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Earn Community Hours with the Teen Advisory Group!

Our volunteer program has a new look. Continue reading below for all the details!


 What is the Teen Advisory Group (aka TAG)?

The Teen Advisory Group at Milton Public Library is the perfect opportunity for teens looking to complete their high school community service hours. This year, we're going completely virtual so that you can earn your hours in a safe, but fun environment. Attend various workshops, and participate online to earn hours that you can put towards your 40 community hours for school. 

What Will I Be Doing?

All year long, we'll be hosting online workshops aimed at helping you learn more about community development, diversity, inclusivity, and how to be an ally to members of your community. Join in for lectures, discussions, and activities designed to help you grow, and to tackle important community issues. Have an idea? Let us know!

How Do I Apply?

Any student in Grades 9 to 12, who lives or goes to school in Milton is welcome to join in. Students are responsible for signing themselves up for each session, using our online registration system to do so. 


How Do I Get My Hours?

Post-program, students must complete an online reflection in order to receive documentation for their participation. This requirement will begin in January 2021. 

Staff then prepares documents for each individual participant. This includes a signed letter with details of your experience, as well as signed school forms where applicable. These letters will be individually emailed to each participant. It is the students' responsibility to submit them to their school office. 

We have large groups participating in our virtual volunteer programs, so we appreciate your patience while we prepare everyone's paperwork.

Current Workshops:


Truth and Reconciliation with The Legacy of Hope Foundation

Wednesday June 2, 2021 | 6:30-8:00pm | Zoom 

Grades 9-12. Please join us to hear our Guest Speaker: Teresa Edwards, (Young Fire Woman), is the Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel of the Legacy of Hope Foundation. She will speak about Residential and Day Schools, the Sixties Scoop, and other colonial acts of oppression, and how they continue to impact Indigenous Peoples today. Teresa will also discuss how to take action to be an ally and what can be done to foster Reconciliation in Canada. 

The program will be held via Zoom. Participants will receive their login credentials the day before the program. Please check your spam to ensure you receive them.

Register for Truth and Reconciliation with Legacy of Hope beginning May 15, 2021 at 9:30am.  


Building Inclusive Spaces and Allyship Skills with The Positive Space Network

Saturday June 12, 2021 | 1:00-2:30pm | Zoom 

Grades 9-12. This presentation will aim to help participants identify biases and feel prepared to challenge stereotypes about sexual orientation and gender identity. Through interactive activities, participants will learn more about the 2SLGBTQ+ community, some of its history, and how to create and maintain inclusive, positive spaces through active allyship skills! Presented by The Positive Space Network.

The program will be held via Zoom. Participants will receive their login credentials the day before the program. Please check your spam to ensure you receive them.

Register for Building Inclusive Spaces and Allyship Skills beginning May 22, 2021 at 9:30am.  


Food Security with Food For Life

Monday July 5, 2021 | 2:00-3:30pm | Zoom 

Grades 9-12. The importance of food is obvious and essential. Healthy food provides us the nutrients and energy to develop and grow, be active and healthy, to move, play, work, think and learn. At Food for Life , their focus is rescuing and distributing healthy and nutritious food through integral partnerships. Join us to learn more about food insecurity, and becoming a food ambassador in your community. The program will also feature a special segment by Chef Ken Samuels.

The program will be held via Zoom. Participants will receive their login credentials the day before the program. Please check your spam to ensure you receive them.

Register for Food Security with Food For Life beginning June 19, 2021 at 9:30am.  


Be a Difference Maker with the Rick Hansen Foundation

Tuesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 (4 sessions) |4:00-5:30pm | Zoom 

Grades 9-12. By joining this series of workshops you'll hear from an entrepreneur, an educator, an advocate and a Paralympian - all people living with a vision, hearing or mobility disability. Learn ways to become a difference maker in your school and community by creating a more accessible and inclusive world. Four amazing individuals will share their life experience, followed by an interactive exercise and discussion. This series is sponsored by the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Week 1: Personal Passions - Students identify personal passions and learn more about causes and passions related to accessibility and inclusivity. Featuring Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador, Joel Dembe.

Week 2: Overcoming Obstacles - Students identify the qualities and strategies that can be used to overcome obstacles. Featuring Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador, Jessica Kruger

Week 3: Power of Teamwork - Students take an in-depth look at Rick Hansen's Man In Motion World Tour to learn the extent to which a reliable, well-balanced team is essential to successfully achieving goals. Featuring Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador, Robert Hampson.

Week 4: Being a Difference Maker - Students create a step-by-step action plan for generating positive change in their school or community. Featuring Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador, Vanessa Pollard.

The program will be held via Zoom. Participants will receive their login credentials the day before the program. Please check your spam to ensure you receive them.

Register for Be a Difference Maker beginning June 19, 2021 at 9:30am.  


Break the Fake and Media Literacy

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

Grades 9-12. Media is a powerful force in our lives, and without the skills to critically analyze and evaluate what we see on tv, on social media, in the news, on Youtube, or in a magazine, how do we know the difference between what is real and what is not? How does this contribute to the spread of misinformation, and what can we do to break the cycle of fake content? Join your MPL librarians for a session of Break the Fake by Media Smarts, and develop your media literacy skills.

The program will be held via Zoom. Participants will receive their login credentials the day before the program. Please check your spam to ensure you receive them.

Register for Break the Fake beginning July 24, 2021 at 9:30am.  


Past 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






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Volunteer Responsibilities:

To be fully engaged in their opportunity, participating to the best of their ability and demonstrating enthusiasm for their event.

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