10 September 2008

Grant Opportunity - Great Stories CLUB

The Great Stories CLUB is a reading and discussion program that targets underserved, troubled teen populations. The program reaches teens through books that are relevant to their lives, inviting them to read and keep the books, and encourages them to consider and discuss each title with a group of their peers. Its ultimate goal is to inspire young adults who face difficult situations to take control of their lives by embracing the power of reading. The program is built on partnerships between libraries and a variety of organizations that serve troubled teens, including juvenile justice facilities, drug rehabilitation centers, nonprofits serving teen parents, alternative high schools, agencies serving teenaged foster children, shelters serving homeless and runaway youth, and other agencies.

Applications for the current round of grants will be accepted online from September 9 through November 14, 2008. Award notification will take place on December 15, 2008; 230 grants will be awarded. Visit the Great Stories CLUB website for guidelines and application information.

The Great Stories CLUB is organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office (PPO), in cooperation with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Major funding for the Great Stories CLUB has been provided by Oprah’s Angel Network.

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