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Summer Youth Volunteer Program

The deadline to submit an application for our 2022 Summer Youth Volunteer Program has passed. Thank you for your interest and we invite you to apply for our fall program when the application goes live.

What is the Summer Youth Volunteer Program?

Youth volunteers help staff in various duties around the library. Most youth volunteers traditionally assist the Youth Services librarians with programs and/or program preparation. Duties may include lesson planning, preparing programming materials, program set-up and take down, supervising and assisting participants during programs, re-shelving books, and light clean up. Volunteer duties and positions will vary depending on the summer and the location. Applicants requesting a reasonable accommodation should complete the Volunteer Accommodation Request Form

What are the program dates and times?

The program runs eight weeks, June through July each summer. Youth volunteers work a four hour shift once per week and are not paid for their volunteer work. Individual schedules will be determined by supervisor availability, library needs, and the youth’s availability. Youth are placed Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

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What are the program locations?

Many APL locations--although not all locations--will host an APL Summer Youth Volunteer. Possible reasons why some locations will not be included are: closures for renovations or the location is working with another youth placement program. 

Who can participate?

In order to participate in the Summer Youth Volunteer Program, you must:

  1. Be 13-17 years old on or before the March 31 prior to the summer. Those 17 years of age may also separately apply to the Adult Volunteer Program.
  2. Complete a Summer Youth Volunteer application.
  3. Complete an additional Volunteer Community Service Request Form (in addition to our required youth volunteer application) and/or Volunteer Accommodation Request Form if applicable. 
  4. Complete an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator if your application is chosen to move to the second round. 
  5. Complete a successful background investigation. This will include fingerprinting (ages 15 and older) if the applicant has lived outside the state of Texas in the last ten years.
  6. Attend a mandatory volunteer orientation.
  7. Commit to volunteering one day per week, for four hours per volunteer shift, during the program session (June through July).
  8. Commit to having no more than two absences during the program session.
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How do I apply?

Our application will be posted at the top of this webpage when it becomes available. 

E-mail the completed application and any additional forms as a .pdf attachment to APL.Volunteers@austintexas.gov.

Please do not mail a paper application.

Once Volunteer Services receives your application, we will contact you via e-mail to set up an interview date and time if your application is chosen to move to the interview round. 

When will I know whether I am accepted?

We receive more applications than we have placements. Completing this application and attending an interview does not guarantee a placement. E-mails will be sent to all applicants notifying them of their status in the program. Applicants will have three business days to respond, and may accept or decline any placement offer. After three business days Volunteer Services may rescind the offer in order to fill the placement with another qualified candidate.

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Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please contact Volunteer Services Coordinator Paul Lopez at 512-974-7443 (or Relay Texas 711) or APL.Volunteers@austintexas.gov with any questions you may have.