The Transforming and Scaling Teen Services for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion project brings together researchers and practitioners to study the development and dissemination of models necessary for scaling effective programs for underserved teens. The project builds on the connected learning (CL) approach—combining personal interests, supportive relationships, and new opportunities for academic, career, and personal growth. This research examines (1) the challenges library staff face in designing and implementing CL programming for underserved teens and means for overcoming these challenges, (2) ways library staff can use evaluative approaches to understand youth needs in CL programming, and (3) means of demonstrating the value of CL programs and building stakeholder support for increasing their scope and scale, particularly to serve equity goals.

This project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant, Award Number LG-250020-OLS-21.


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Mimi Ito

UC Irvine

Vera Michalchik

Stanford University