Congratulations to the ‘Giving Teens a Voice’ Team!

“Giving Teens a Voice’ was a two-part conversation on race for teens that was developed by the Coalition’s Coffee House Discussion team in collaboration with Keisha Miller, Teen Librarian at the South Orange Public Library and Emily Witkowski, Children’s Librarian at the Maplewood Memorial Library We thank them for their leadership in this program and for taking the initiative to submit this valuable program to the New Jersey State Library for its Multicultural Program Award.

Each of the libraries will receive $500 as well as recognition at the state conference. The State Library representative noted in the award announcement, “Your joint program “Giving Teens a Voice” was truly outstanding and received high praises from the judges.”

The Coalition is proud to have played a part in this acknowledgement for the work that these librarians do with SOMA youth, and we look forward to future collaborations. South Orange Library Director Melissa Kopecky agreed: “The best part of working with the coalition is that our partnership brings our different ideas, experiences and backgrounds together to work towards shared goals.” And Maplewood Library Director Sarah Lester responded, “Thank you all for this award winning collaborative effort. We look forward to continuing the conversations and to giving our teens the space and resources to make their voices heard.”


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