Senior Young Adult Librarian New York Public Library
Traditionally, schools have offered postsecondary readiness programs to their students. However, with a national average of above 400 students per counselor, they often lack the resources to provide in depth help and instruction. Furthermore, time constraints at schools often leave students needing more support with the hard and soft skills that we as adults have learned but take for granted (like financial literacy and communication skills). Postsecondary readiness programming and resources in public libraries traditionally emphasized accessibility to resources that are far out of reach for many communities. This presentation will show how access to quality postsecondary readiness programs and resources can be directed at the most underserved communities in both urban and rural settings, helping to encourage increased representation in areas historically off limits to underrepresented populations. By providing additional support to teens, libraries can create a framework for success later in life. Programs and support can cover a wide-range of topics to meet teens' needs to make sure they are ready for whatever they choose as their postsecondary path.
This poster will include data from the numerous postsecondary programs at the New York Public Library as well as anecdotes from both staff and teens we serve.