I just read an article about what teens may like to do for their New Year Resolutions. Now, I am much older than most of you and I know nine times out of ten, many older adults pick something related to health and nutrition. We are going to eat cleaner; we are going to work out 5 days a week. However a majority of us fail miserably and give up after the first month. So when I read this article I was refreshed on some of the tips and ticks they had to offer for teens. Hear me out, and before you jump into similar things that your older brother or sister are doing for this year, or should I even say, your parents?; Find some great goals for yourself in which YOU want to do, not me, not what older adults want you to do, but goals for you this 2021. Try them for a month and see where it takes you. Also, don’t be so hard on yourself, if you do not do the goals the entire 12 months of 2021. Even if you do it for a month, you are ahead of the game compared to previous years.
I am going to do a twist of the article. I will also leave a link to the article at the bottom of the page so you know what I am referring to and if you want to read it, go for it! Before I begin let me note that my twist has things related to the Library and how the Library can help you reach your goals. Also I picked four things for examples only. You do not have to do them, but instead think of them as examples that you can either try or do something similar. If you do come up with something different and you need resources, don’t be afraid to contact your local library for materials.
Here we go:
1. START TO VOLUNTEER
Did you know that the Library has a Teen Advisory Board, or what the teens call it: TAB for short?. Every Fall before school starts, applications go out to the branches for teens to join. You can pick up an application and join the board for a term of September – May. We meet once a month and it gives you a chance to say what teen programs you would like at your library. You also discuss how to make the Library a better place for all Teens. You have a voice, let it be heard!
Why join this group? It looks great on college applications, if you ever apply for a job, it shows that you take your extracurricular activities seriously, and finally if you need community service hours for school, you are good to go for an hour each month of service. Look for an application in the Fall of 2021!
If you can’t fit TAB into your schedule, find something that does and something that also interests you. It can be working with the elderly, serving with youth, or even working with animals. There are so many things out there that you can find to volunteer in.
2. LEARN A NEW HOBBY
“This site offers detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines. Content Includes: full text for nearly 2,000 magazines and books, more than 720 videos, more than 180 hobby profiles, and more than 10,000 recipes.”
3. LOOK FOR A PART-TIME JOB
Need some extra cash? Want to stop asking friends and family for money? Want to save money for a car or going to college? Now is a great time to start looking. Not only is the library here to help you with finding school information but we have already created a web page full of resources that will help you get that job you are looking for!
Job Searching and Job Skills:
Also check out our online database Learning Express Library, here are a few things the database can help you with when it come to looking for a job. Learning Express Library:
“Includes Job and Career Accelerator with tools and resources to create resumes and cover letters, learn about thousands of careers from a detailed listing of occupations, search job postings, and even work through an interview tutorial.”
When I was getting ready for college we did not have the resources that are available to teens today. I had no clue that you could stop into your local library and get test-prep books for college entrance exams. Looking for a scholarship? You can also find materials to assist in ways to pay for school! Finally, I am going to reference our databases again. If you can’t get to the library or you need to practice entrance exams after hours you can visit our College Prep Center. It is filled with so many useful resources that you can’t beat it, and it is FREE to use! All you need is your library card number.
College Prep Center:
“College admissions test preparation covering the ACT Test, SAT Test, PSAT/NMSQT Test, AP Exam, TOEFL iBT and IELTS Tests and college admissions essay writing.”
Here is the article I was talking about above:
New Year Resolutions for Teens
Did I give you some ideas? Are you ready to tackle 2021? You have got this! Again, take it one month at a time, one day at a time, and remember you can do anything you set your mind to!
Happy New Year!