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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:

Building Financial Skills with JA Central Ontario

Saturday May 1, 2021 | 1:00-4:00pm | Zoom

Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about financial literacy and accountability with this session from JA Central Ontario. Learn to recognize how attitudes and beliefs impact your ability to make money management decisions that fit your life circumstances, increase knowledge, skills, and experiences with money to promote self-confidence, foster a belief you can act according to your interests, and see the value in managing money proactively. You’ll participate in an Innovation Challenge to further develop idea-generation, skills and collaboration techniques. Learn ways to establish innovative and potentially viable solutions by addressing current business and community related problems and challenges. Students work in teams to prepare and present innovative solutions to this proposed challenge

Program will take place online and login credentials will be sent our prior to the program. Please check your spam to ensure you receive them.  

Register for Building Financial Skills beginning April 2, 2021 at 9:30am.  

Facts, No Cap: Researching with the Archives of Ontario

Wednesday May 5, 2021 | 4:30-6:00pm | Zoom

Grades 9-12. Whether you’re doing a school project or helping your community, information from the past can add depth to your work – but where do you find it, and how can you assess your sources? Led by the Archives of Ontario, this session will help you understand and use archives, helping you build your skills as a researcher. FYI: archives are a super-important tool for students at the post-secondary level! You’ll learn what you can find in an archives and how to get it. We’ll also cover some basics of evaluating sources, so that you’re ready to think critically about information you find, and you’ll discover some of the many career options archives have to offer. Join us and get to know archives: a valuable resource for students, researchers, citizens, and communities!

 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 Facts, No Cap beginning April 17, 2021 at 9:30am.  

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.  

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 

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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