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Summer Volunteer Opportunity for Teens: Reading Buddies

June 5, 2017 | Debbie | Comments (2)

Summer Volunteer Opportunity for Teens!

Do you need to get your 40 hours?
Are you between the ages of 13 and 19?
Do you enjoy reading and would like to work with children to help them develop a love of books and stories?
Volunteer with Reading Buddies!

To join you must be available for these dates and times:
Fridays August 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2-3:30 pm

Pick up your Registration Package at Don Mills Branch or call 416-395-5710 for more information.

Space is limited so sign up soon!

Volunteer Hours: Tell TPL Teen Consultation

October 13, 2016 | Debbie | Comments (0)

Join a group of teens on November 5th for two hours and tell us what you think about the library and our digital services. All participants will receive volunteer hours for participation and transit assistance is available. Your input will help shape how the library serves teens and the opportunity is a unique experience to put on your resume.

Teen Zone Toronto Public LibraryAny person between 13 and 19 years old living in Toronto is eligible. You don't need a library card, but if you are a regular library user that is great too. Feel free to sign up with a few friends and make an afternoon of it!


Teens aged 13-19 who live in Toronto. Library users and non-users are welcome.


Tell TPL Teen Consultation: a two hour session where the library asks participants to share their experiences in small groups.


Saturday November 5th, 2016, 2:30-4:30 p.m.


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Northern District Branch
Room 200
40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, ON





Help the library develop excellent services for youth, develop experience participating in a consultation event and earn volunteer hours.


Add your name to our list by registering online, and we'll see you in person on November 5th!


Volunteer Opportunity

September 15, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Planned Parenthood Toronto

 Are you between the ages of 16-19 years old? Do you like to talk/write about sex? Then you should apply to be a peer volunteer with Teen Programming! Teen Programming volunteers run Teen Health Source, an information service for GTA youth with questions about sexual and reproductive health. At Teen Health Source, peer volunteers provide information to clients by phone, text, chat, and email. Volunteers also have a hand in creating new articles and content for the Teen Health Source website! Supported by PPT staff, all volunteers accepted into this program participate in a comprehensive training course, which will increase their knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and give them the necessary skills to help clients accessing Teen Health Source. In order to volunteer with this program, you must be able to commit to a minimum of three hours per week for one year.

 How can I apply?

For more details and to apply, please download the volunteer application from and e-mail it to: or fax it to: (416) 961-2512, or mail it to: Andrew Townsend, 36B Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1A9. The deadline to apply is midnight on Sunday October 9th, 2016.

Check the following link for more information on Teen Health Source

Hands up for the Toronto Youth Cabinet!

August 15, 2016 | YAG Facilitator | Comments (0)

       TYC Training Day 2016       

By a Toronto Youth Cabinet member

Everyone is political. Think about how you felt the last time you were on a streetcar. Were you relaxed? Frustrated? Did you send a funny text? Sigh in irritation? Whatever your reaction, it shows how we can be effected by the city and the public space around us. And, of course, we all have ideas of how the city could be better. Every second Thursday of the month, the Toronto Youth Cabinet meets at City Hall to advocate for a more equitable and youth-friendly city. The TYC takes on issues like funding programs that could help youth get jobs or whether Presto is better than TTC tokens and tickets. (Check out this excellent deputation by a TYC member about TTC fares and youth.)

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Volunteering with Cyber Seniors

August 7, 2016 | YAG Facilitator | Comments (2)

Post by Connor, Northern District Branch

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CyberseniorsCyber Seniors is a new program taking place in certain Toronto Public Library locations. The goal of the program is to help teach seniors how to make better use of new technologies, primarily computers. The program takes an individual approach by assigning each senior a ‘mentor’ (teen volunteer) to work with.

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The Duke of Edinburgh Awards

August 4, 2016 | YAG Facilitator | Comments (1)

Post by Connor, Northern District

DofE logoThe Duke of Edinburgh Award is a program created by Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in the 1950s. The award is intended to motivate young people to improve themselves in mind, body, and soul, by learning a skill, participating in physical activity, and providing service to others. To further improve the experience, the award also requests an adventurous journey; a trip into the wilderness to get away from civilization and enjoy a more rural environment.

The skills section requires you to learn or develop a skill that is passive/non-physical in nature. This can be anything from playing an instrument, to learning a language, to computer programming. The physical section needs to, naturally, be physical, and includes activities such as sports, martial arts, and kayaking. The service section closely resembles the volunteer work required for high school. Anything that helps the community, without pay or expectation, is accepted. The adventurous journey is exactly what it sounds like: taking a trip to a new and exiting environment. Camping is a perfect example. The journey can be to almost anywhere in nature, as long as it’s rural, adventurous, and away from everyday life.

AdventureWhen I was first applying for the award, I wasn’t quite sure what to do. I couldn’t think of anything that would work well, and very nearly gave up then. However, I pushed forward, and before long I found everything falling into place. I asked my computer science teacher for help with my skill. I inquired at a local pool about fitness opportunities. And I asked at my library about volunteer work. The result? I would be learning C++ for my skill, swimming for my physical, and volunteering at a library program for my service.

Something interesting to note about the Duke of Edinburgh Award is that, unlike with community service hours, you’re allowed to have ulterior motives. I would’ve been learning C++ anyway, but that’s almost expected. The interesting part is that the swimming I was doing was also part of my qualification for becoming a National Lifeguarding Society swim instructor. This actually let me hit two birds with one stone, getting an NLS certification and the DofE Award at the same time.

However, if I were asked which experience I enjoyed most, I would have to say it was the volunteer work. I chose to help out with a new program at the Northern District Library called Cyber Seniors. The goal of the program was to help teach older people about computer technology, by giving them a teen mentor. The mentor was meant to help teach at a more personal level, and it worked amazingly well. Not only did the system allow the seniors to learn by their own pace, it also helped the teens connect with an older generation, which was an experience that I very much enjoyed.

All in all, the Duke of Edinburgh award provides a valuable experience to anyone who participates. Because you select what you will do for each category, it is very easy to create an experience that you’ll love, and you’ll get a prestigious award out of it too! I would highly encourage you to try it for yourself. To learn more, you can visit their website at


What's On at the Library- June 20-25th

June 20, 2016 | Monica | Comments (0)

Hi All! Looking for some fun and exciting things to do this summer? Keep any eye on the TPL Teens Summer Edition page all summer long, as we got you covered on the events taking place at the Toronto Pubic Library for Youth.

To kick things off, take a look at What's On at the Library from June 20-25th

  1. You Belong @ Your Library- LGBTQ+ & Allies Youth Group at the Fairview Branch

    Have you always wanted to be an ambassador for equality and empowerment in your community? Come join us to celebrate the unique and diverse LGBTQ+ youth of our community. In this WEEKLY youth alliance we will engage, lead and impact in inspiring ways in our library. Get involved and let's make a difference! Spaces is limited! Contact Sepideh Mckensy ( at Fairview Branch (416-395-5743) or drop in to reserve your spot.

  2. Teen Open House at the Pape/Danforth Branch

    Come and join our teen volunteers for two hours. You will enjoy the following:

    -Learn upcoming teen programs in the summer
    -Talk with teen volunteers about Youth Advisory Group
    -Know summer job opportunities in the city
    -Participate in teen summer reading branch display
    -Play board games

    Snacks are available.

  3. Duct Tape Crafts at the Cedarbrae Branch

    Use imagination and creativity to make a variety of crafts with duct tape. Free materials and instructions provided. Ages 11 to 19 years. To register, call 416-396-8850 or register in person at the branch.

Hope to see you all there!

Youth Employment Services Information Session for Teens

July 29, 2015 | Christine | Comments (0)

Youth Employment Services LogoYES is the Employment Champion for Youth, and has the experience and expertise to deliver programs and services helping youth find a job or start a business. Specializing in career counselling and job placement YES is 83% successful in finding jobs, training, education, or business outcomes for youth. Come to this great presentation and find out the kinds of great services and programs YES has to offer.

Presented by Chris Douros

Where?: Thorncliffe Branch, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr.
When?: Friday July 31, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Who?: For teens ages 13 and up

For more information, please call 416-396-3865.

Learn about entrepreneurship as a career path

June 24, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Ever thought about being your own boss or starting a business? The 5 Star Entrepreneurship Program is FREE for high school students interested in learning more about entrepreneurship as a career path. Attend our June STAR Session to meet Casandra London, as she shares her story of success!

Friday, June 26, 4:15 p.m.
Youth Employment Service
555 Richmond St. W. Suite 711

Reserve your spot now by contacting Chris Douros
416-504-5516 x278

Casandra London is an innovative storyteller who uses multimedia journalism and theatre to spotlight positive stories to inspire families and individuals across the GTA.She is the founder of the CLN, which aims to inspire, give a voice to and create change for artists, youth, families and communities creating positive movements.

For the past five years, Casandra has written and co-produced plays under the mentorship of d’bi.young anitaafrika's dub theatre program and facilitated over 10 spoken-word, visual art and drama workshops at Arts for Children and Youth. Recently, she conducted a media literacy workshop for emerging artists and educators, and produced a monologue  entitles “Loving Myself,” a biomythical story that explores issues of abandonment, self-worth and acceptance.

Unreal Opportunity for Fashionistas

June 2, 2015 | Erin | Comments (0)

I almost wish I was a year younger and not a library employee. Then I could attend this summer workshop starting July 6th.

Modern Batik Art

is a FREE 5 week long workshop at York Woods Library for youth ages 13-29 that teaches you everything you need to know about designing and creating your own fabrics, and then using them to make a wide range of wearables and home decor pieces.



That alone is enough to sway me. Yet the bonus makes it even better:

The course will also teach you how to MAKE MONEY off of your creations.



Curse my being a librarian and turning 30!

Click the link above for more details and to register, or call York Woods Branch at 416-395-5980

Volunteer fair features Luminato, Jane's Walk and more

February 27, 2015 | Ken Sparling | Comments (0)

Volunteer_300x200Interested in new and exciting volunteer opportunities in Toronto? Learn how to volunteer for organizations in the culture sector including:


        Hot Docs
        Toronto Fringe Festival
        Jane’s Walk Toronto
        Inside Out!

Event includes presentations and a volunteer marketplace, plus attendees can stay for a FREE screening!

Date: Saturday, March 14
Location: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)
Doors Open: 10:30 AM
Event: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Please let the folks at Hot Docs know if you are planning to attend!

Volunteer at the PanAm Games!

February 5, 2015 | Alice | Comments (0)

PanAm volunteer-programLooking for volunteering opportunities around the city this summer? This is your year! 

The PanAm Games is offering Torontonians a whole lot of unique opportunities to be involved in a huge event and in a wide range of different capacities. 

Volunteer signup has already begun, so if you're interested, take a look at the flyer (downloadable below) for more information and get in touch with them, or browse volunteer opportunities on their website.

You could have a really interesting summer! 

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PanAm Games Job Fair This Saturday

February 3, 2015 | Alice | Comments (0)

Interested in working this summer? Job hunting this year may be easier than most in Toronto, thanks to the PanAm Games, which needs a whole lot of people to help keep the Athletes Village running. Some of these jobs require specific skills (chefs and cooks, for example), others are more general (porters and servers), so there may well be something for you. 

Interested people should go to the Sony Centre this Saturday at 10, noon, or 2 pm, and bring along their photo ID, SIN card, passport (if not a Canadian citizen), and a copy of your resume. 

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So You're Looking for a Job This Summer...

January 27, 2015 | Alice | Comments (0)

No surprise that a lot of teens and young adults are looking for summer work every year. It can fit neatly between school years, earn you some full-time money for a few months to help pay for the next year, and keep you busy (and your parents happy) while you're not swamped with homework and classes. Sweet! 

But... how do you go about finding that summer job you want? 

There are a few agencies around town that specialize in youth employment, which means a stronger understanding of youth needs, employers who have the right kind of work, including summer seasonal work, and how to market limited experience on a resume. 

It's definitely worth getting help from these people, who are helpful and total pros in what youth need. Here are few good contacts and resources to know about: 

Youth Employment Services

YES could be your best friend in terms of getting you ready to find work. They have resume help, interview prep, and job search boards at your disposal, and because they work with youth, they really know how to figure out where your skills lie even without much official work experience to draw on. They also offer support for entrepreneurs & training or internships, so even if you have your own idea, they are good people to talk to. Book an appointment, check out their workshop schedule, or scope out their job board

Ontario Government

Ontario not only gives incentives to employers to hire youth during the summer, they also have a job searching service. To get some information, check out their site, which also has links to job placements, including summer work, on a page just for youth. They note there that the hiring dates vary by employer, but often begin in early April, so again, worth starting to get soem advice on preparing yourself now, while you've got plenty of time! 


AYCE, part of Tropicana, is geared toward youth employment, and offers lots of help online and in person. Their website offers resources, job boards,and a calendar of their events and workshops on job search skills. They also offer resume and letter critiques and mock interview sessions by appointment, which can be very useful in polishing your self-presentation. 


The TDSB website's Focus on Youth page includes a list of resources for students looking for employment, which has some great links on it to other job sites including some summer job partners, as well as information about their own hiring. TDSB hires about 500 youth each summer for its summer programmes, so it's a good source of emplyment, as well as information. Their hiring calls happens at the beginning of April, so it's definitely worth being prepared and getting applications in early in March, if this interests you. 


Hiring for Summer Starts Now!

January 23, 2015 | Alice | Comments (0)

Summer seems a long way off, especially when it's really still the chilly depths of winter, but don't let that fool you, employers are preparing for summer already, and some are starting their hiring now! If you don't want to miss out on a chance at a job this summer, you are going to need to get started, too, and we are here to help. 

Kicking it off, a an important source of upcoming hiring going on: 

City_of_Toronto_LogoToronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation

Toronto's recreation programmes are a major source of youth employment in the city, particular in the summer, when camp counsellors are hired, as well as lifeguards and other programme leaders. 

Toronto now has online job listings and an online application process, making it easier to apply for positions you'd be interested in. 

The deadline for this comes early - February 3rd! If you're looking for summer work, especially if you don't mind working with children and want some leadership experience for future resumes, it's definitely worth going to get started now, so you have a couple of weeks to find positions you want to apply for and get your application shaped up and ready. 

As you're preparing, it's also worth taking a look at the city's suggestions on what to expect in their hiring process, preparing for an interview, and their accessibility commitments and information

Volunteer Opportunity: Youth Health Action Network

October 11, 2014 | Alice | Comments (0)

Looking for volunteer opportunities?

Here's an interesting one open this month, working with Toronto Public Health.

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What's On Wednesdays

October 8, 2014 | Alice | Comments (0)

Another week, another round of fresh programmes cropping up across the city!

Here are some informative ones, some exciting one, and some for aspiring writers and illustrators:

Skills for Emplyment and Life Beyond School

Employment Essentials Series for Teens, Richview Branch

Sat Oct 11 & 18,11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Join Youth Employment Services (YES) for the three part program series "Employment Essentials."


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Summer Volunteering for Teens - Be a Reading Buddy

January 23, 2014 | Ray | Comments (0)

Does this cold snap have you dreaming of summer?  And the air conditioning of the library?

Love helping younger kids develop their own love of reading?

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This summer:

If you need your 40 hours of volunteer time, are aged 14-19, and enjoy reading with younger children...sign up to be a Reading Buddy!

Reading Buddy is a summer-only volunteer opportunity for teens at North York Central Library

What else?

  • Program runs for six Thursdays in a row during July and August
  • If selected, you'll get trained with help of Frontier College
  • Volunteer applications are available at the Teen Zone Desk at North York Central Library - Just ask for one.  Once completed, return your application to Teen Zone Desk at North York Central Library


Space is limited.  Call 416 395 5784 or send an email with your name, age and telephone number to for more details.


Love the library? Bubbling with ideas? Become a Teen Advisor

November 14, 2013 | Ray | Comments (0)

Toronto Public Library is looking for two teen volunteers to help the Library to improve its services for youth!

If you are between 15 and 17 years of age, apply to become a Teen Advisor and consult with youth across the city to strategize on how the library can improve its services for youth. This is a great opportunity to build your leadership, communication, and civic engagement skills, and become involved in the library’s strategic planning process.

So what are the volunteer benefits? 

Great experience, references for jobs & school applications, volunteer hours, and knowing you have contributed to improving youth services across the city. 

How do I apply?

Apply online or complete the attached Word or PDF Application and hand it in to any Toronto Public Library Branch.

Deadline to apply is December 9th, 2013.

Here's more information and all the details!

Summer Job Search - GO!

May 1, 2013 | Ray | Comments (0)

Are you prepping for a summer job? Want one but have no idea how / where to start looking?

NEW. We have a list of resources for youth seeking jobs -- with opportunities in Toronto, across Canada, and beyond. 

See our Jobs page!



Out of school, looking for work?

April 9, 2013 | Ray | Comments (0)

YeslogoAre you out of school, out of work? Meet a professional employment specialist from Youth Employment Services to prepare winning resumes, develop your job hunting capabilities and interview skills. Drop In.

Wed April 17

Job Hunting - Marketing Yourself

March 15, 2013 | Ray | Comments (0)

Here's a post from Linda at TPL's Career & Job Help blog:

1001 Phrases you need to Get a JobYou are in the Career and Job Search Help blog, but have you checked out the Job and Career Help pages on the Toronto Public Library's website?

It is broken down into sections -- Job & Career Help; Market Yourself; Job Searching; Career Training; Success -- each full of helpful tools, links, online sources, books, and many other resources to help you in your job search.

In the Market Yourself section, for example, there is a listing of New Job Interviewing titles now available in the library. 

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Out of school, out of work?

March 12, 2013 | Ray | Comments (0)

YeslogoAre you out of school, out of work? Meet a professional employment specialist from Youth Employment Services to prepare winning resumes, develop your job hunting capabilities and interview skills. Drop In.

Upcoming Dates:

Wed Mar 13
Wed Apr 17

Job Fair - March 7th, North York Central Library

February 22, 2013 | Ray | Comments (0)

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  Opening Doors to Your Future Job Fair

  •      When:  Thursday, March 7, 2013
  •                  9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  •      Where: North York Central Library
  •                  5120 Yonge St.
  •                  2nd Floor Auditorium
  •                  Admission: FREE. Just stop by.


Network with employers and apply for a variety of jobs. Dress appropriately as interviews may happen on-site. Bring electronic and hard copies of your resume.

Employers include: Canadian Tire, CN Tower, Desjardins Securities, Paragon Security, Real Canadian Superstore, Stock Transportation, UPS, Zylog, and MORE.....

Out of school, searching for work?

February 12, 2013 | Ray | Comments (0)

YeslogoAre you out of school, out of work? Meet a professional employment specialist from Youth Employment Services to prepare winning resumes, develop your job hunting capabilities and interview skills. Drop In.

Upcoming Dates:

Wed Feb 20
Wed Mar 13
Wed Apr 17

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