Teen Issues

We believe that in order to be a good teen services librarian, you need to know and understand teens.  This means not only understanding the basics of adolescent development, but also knowing about the world that teens live in and the issues that affect them.  Below are some of the posts that we have done on various teen issues.  If you would like to share your experience with an issue affecting teens, please contact Karen Jensen (kjensenmls@yahoo.com) to discuss doing a guest blog post.

An A to Z guide of Teen Issues


Addiction
Understanding the Wild Child: A look at addiction, including technology
Wild Child Conference 2011: The Power of Presence
Wild Child Conference 2011: Drug use update
Wild Child Conference 2011: Teens and Sexual Addiction

Adolescent Development
Adolescent Development resources
Adolescent Stages of Development
Inside the Teenage Brain on Frontline/PBS
The Teenage Brain

AIDS/HIV
Sunday Reflections: World AIDS Day

Aliteracy
Bibliotherapy: What if we read more?

Autism and Libraries
Teen Issues: Autism and Libraries
On the Spectrum and @ Your Library (Guest post by Matthew Ross)
Teen Issues: Teens and Autism and Future Horizons
Autism & Libraries: A Q&A with J. D. Kraus
Teens and Autism: What does it mean to be "typical"?
Atticus Was Right: The remarkable story about a boy with autism, a bully, and a book (Guest post by Amianne Bailey)
Book Review: Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown (sibling with OCD)
The Power of Reading: Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

Body Image and Eating Disorders
Top 10 teen titles dealing with body image and eating disorders
The Girl in the Fiberglass Corset; a story about scoliosis and eating disorders
Sex Sells, but what are we selling?
Let's Hear it for the Boys 
Pop Culture and Body Image Issues for Gay Teens, a guest post 
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: True confessions from a recovering anorexic
Every Day by David Levithan, a book review
Butter by Erin Jade Lange, a book review
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, a book review
Skinny by Donna Conner, a review
A Second Opinion: Every Day by David Levithan
10 Titles that deal with Obesity and Body Image (with links to some good articles)
Today is Love Your Body Day
The Effects of Pop Culture on the Body Image of GLBT Teens
Body Image and Weight Loss 
Sex Sells, but what are we selling? Pop culture and body image issues in tweens and teens 
Take a Second Look: Books that encourage teens to look beyond body image 
Abercrombie and Fitch, Brave and Body Image: Part 1 and Part 2 
Skin and Bones by Sherry Shahan
How I Came to Love School Uniforms: a discussion of girls, boys and the dangerous message of school dress codes 

Bullying
Join the Fight Against Bullying
A Letter to Teens About Bullying
Quotable Ra: Stop Bullying. Period.
When is a Prank More Than Just a Prank?

Censorship
A Banned Books Week Primer
Banned Books Week: Teen fiction is . . .
What if Amy wasn't pretty: A tale of censorship
Let's Talk Access! And why libraries are radically unsafe places and that is a good thing
The Sacred and the Profane: profanity, self expression and teen programs

Consent (see also Sex and Sexuality below)
This is What Consent Looks Like
How to Talk to Teens About Consent
Because No Always Means No
Who Will Save You? Boundaries, Rescue and the Role of Adults in YA Lit. A look at consent and respecting boundaries in relationships outside of just sex.

Developmental Assets
Asset Builder's Coalition Support Materials
Is there power in the message? Putting positive images of teens in the media
Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Connected Learning)

Diversity
Racial Stereotyping in YA Literature
Race Reflections, Take II
Building Bridges to Literacy for African American Male Youth Summit recap, part 1
Friday Reflections: Talking with Hispanic/Latino Teens about YA Lit
See also the Diversity in YA Tumblr by Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo

Faith and Spirituality
Because you gotta have faith
Top 10 Titles: 'Cause You Gotta Have Faith

Family
Siblings? We don't need no stinking siblings Family size in ya lit
Multigenerational relationships in ya lit

Gender Issues
I'm Just a Girl? Gender issues in YA Lit
Girls Against Girls
Teach Me How to Live: talking with guys about ya lit with Eric Devine
Let's Hear It for the Boys: Boys and body image
Who Will Save You? Boundaries, Rescue and the Role of Adults in the Lives of Teens 
The Curious Case of the Gender Based Assignment 

GLBTQ
You want to put WHAT in my YA?
Taking a Stand for What You Believe In
Annie on My Mind and Banned Books Week on My Calendar
Queer (a book review)
Top 10: For Annie and Liza (Annie on My Mind)
A YA Resource guide by Amanda MacGregor

Hazing
Hazing and PRESS PLAY, by Eric Devine

Human Trafficking
Fear in Writing, Fear in Life by Kim Purcell
Human Trafficking, you can get involved and help by Kim Purcell

Hunger and Poverty
Can We All Just Stop Saying the Internet Is Free Now Please? 
Rich Teen, Poor Teen: Books that depict teens living in poverty 
Working with youth who live in poverty 
Sunday Reflections: This is what losing everything looks like
Sunday Reflections: Going to be hungry
Sunday Reflections: A tale of two libraries
Sunday Reflections: Are schools disriminating against the poor?
Sunday Reflections: Poverty doesn't always look the way you think it does
Sunday Reflections: All I Want for Christmas is the Chance to Go to College
Feeding Teens at the Library: Summer and Afterschool Meals
The Economy as Villain in The Year of Shadows by Claire LeGrand
Book Review: PANIC by Lauren Oliver
Book Review: HUNGRY by H. A. Swain
Not All Educations Are Created Equal 


Sunday Reflections: Dasani, Poverty, and Education (by Robin)
Sunday Reflections: Torchwood Children of Earth, a reflection on how we think about children in poverty among us

Additional Sources:

Social Mobility:
MSNBC
NYTimes
Washington Post

Cycles of Poverty:
Breaking the Cycles of Poverty in Young Families
Cycle of Poverty Hard to Break in Poorest U.S. City
The Cycle of Poverty and Poor Health

How Poverty Affects Schools:
How Poverty Affects Behavior and School Performance
 
Poverty and High School Dropouts

Incarcerated Youth
Racial Stereotyping in YA Literature
Working with Incarcerated Youth Take II, a reflection
Understanding Justice 
Take 5: Doing Time

Mental Health
Top 10: Books dealing with mental health (guest post by Kim Baccellia)
How Mental Illness Tried and Failed to Ruin My Life (guest post by Robison Wells)

Obesity and Body Image
Every Day by David Levithan, a book review
Butter by Erin Jade Lange, a book review
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, a book review
Skinny by Donna Conner, a review
A Second Opinion: Every Day by David Levithan
10 Titles that deal with Obesity and Body Image (with links to some good articles)
Today is Love Your Body Day
The Effects of Pop Culture on the Body Image of GLBT Teens
Body Image and Weight Loss
Sex Sells, but what are we selling? Pop culture and body image issues in tweens and teens
Take a Second Look: Books that encourage teens to look beyond body image
Abercrombie and Fitch, Brave and Body Image: Part 1 and Part 2

Politics
Occupy the Capital: Engaging Teens in Politics
How Blackout by Robison Wells Led Me to Question What Teens May Be Learning About the Government
Fight the (abuse of) power: government in YA fiction

Popular Culture
Reflection: Teen issues and the celebrification of celebrity

Poverty
Can We All Just Stop Saying the Internet Is Free Now Please? 
Rich Teen, Poor Teen: Books that depict teens living in poverty 
Working with youth who live in poverty 
Sunday Reflections: This is what losing everything looks like
Sunday Reflections: Going to be hungry
Sunday Reflections: A tale of two libraries

Pregnancy
Having a child with a chronic health issue
Pregnancy complications: Hyperemesis Gravidarum and termination
What does October 15th mean?
Shelftalkers: Knocked Up Teens

Reluctant Readers
What is a "Reluctant Reader"?
Tips from a Librarian parenting a "Reluctant Reader"
Take 5: Resources for Working with Reluctant (Teen) Readers
The True Confessions of a NON Reluctant Reader, a librarian parenting a reluctant reader
Top 10 Tips for Parents (and teachers and librarians) for Helping Your Reluctant Reader
What if We Read More?
What if it's more than Reluctant Reading? A tween's struggle with dyslexia
Challenge Accepted! A school librarian talks about Reluctant Readers


Sex and Sexuality
The #SVYALit Project Index
What It's Like for a Girl: How Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama made me think about the politics of sexuality in the life of girls
Sexual Assault Awareness Month, talking to teens about consent and rape part 1 and part 2
Should there be sex in YA books? 
Plan B: What Youth Advocates Need to Know 
Because No Always Mean No, a list of books dealing with sexual assault
Who Will Save You? Boundaries, Rescue and the Role of Adults in YA Lit.  A look at consent and respecting boundaries in relationships outside of just sex. 
Incest, the last taboo 
This is What Consent Looks Like
Street Harassment
An Anonymous Letter to Those Who Would Ban Eleanor and Park
Take 5: Difficult books on an important topic (sexual violence) 
Sexual Violence Resource Guide

Shoplifting
Discussions in Trinkets by Kirsten Smith 

Social Justice and Innovation
Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters 

Suicide
13 Reasons Why: Teens and Suicide
O Captain, My Captain: A reflection on Robin Williams, depression and suicide

Teen Participation
Draw It: Teen Summer Reading Club art contest
Putting the "Teen" in your Teen Space
Teens Got Talent: Empowering teens and creating buy in
Teen volunteers
Youth Empowerment: social campaigns aimed towards getting teens involved

Violence
The Day After: resources to help kids cope
Bibliotherapy: What if we read more? 
Sexual Assault Awareness Month, talking to teens about consent and rape part 1 and part 2

1 comment:

  1. I think all this information is awesome. Very helpful. Keep up the good work

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