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Become a VolunTEEN

The VolunTEEN Corps is a community service initiative that offers middle and high school students an opportunity for civic involvement. The VolunTEEN Corps consists of two programs that focus on different goals; these programs are the Frisco Action Board and the Frisco Advisory Board. 

VolunTEENs will enrich personal skills, enhance job skills and gain work experience that can be included on resumes. VolunTEENs develop a better understanding of city government, serve as ambassadors within the community, and accumulate community service hours for school.

Teen Advisory Board

Grades 6 – 12

The purpose of the Frisco Advisory Board is to allow teens in the Frisco area to give feedback to the Library including an opportunity to shape future classes and the direction of teen services in general. It is also a place to develop leadership skills, get to know fellow teens, and work collaboratively on a variety of projects. VolunTEENs will accumulate service hours for their contributions to the Frisco Advisory Board. 

Frisco Advisory Board Information

Application Process

Membership on the Frisco Advisory Board is a full academic year commitment. 

Applications for the 2017-2018 Frisco Advisory Board will be available in August 2017.

Space is limited and submitting an application does not guarantee selection. Due to the high level of demand for volunteer opportunities, the library will not be able to accommodate everyone who applies.

Service Hour Opportunities

Opportunities for service hours include attending Frisco Advisory Board meetings, writing book reviews, evaluating library classes, and participating in service drives.

Commonly Asked Questions

I need service hours in a short amount of time. Can I bypass the application process?

No, all new volunTEENs must follow the application process as described on the VolunTEEN Corps web page.

I missed the application window for this school year. Can I still apply?

Applications for the Frisco Advisory Board are only accepted during the posted application window.

I am not in 6th grade yet, can I still apply for the Frisco Advisory Board?

The Frisco Advisory Board is for students in grades 6-12 only.

Do I have to commit to being a part of the Frisco Advisory Board for a whole school year?

Yes, membership on the Frisco Advisory Board is for the academic year. Meeting dates are included on the application to allow for you to plan ahead.

Teen Action Board

Grades 9 – 12

The purpose of the Frisco Action Board is to allow teens in the Frisco area to enhance job skills, gain work experience, and grow as an individual while contributing to the Library. VolunTEENs will be credited service hours for time spent volunteering during scheduled shifts. 

Frisco Action Board Information

Application Process

Summer 2017 Session (June 1 - August 31)

Teens entering grades 9-12 for the 2017-2018 school year will be eligible to apply. Applications for the Summer 2017 session are available for download here or for pick up in the Teen Room. Applications are due before the end of May - plan ahead if you are interested in volunteering during the summer. Submission instructions are included in the application packet.

Fall 2017 Session (begins September 1)

Applications will be available in mid to late August.

Space is limited and submitting an application does not guarantee selection. Due to the high level of demand for volunteer opportunities, the library will not be able to accommodate everyone who applies.

Service Hour Opportunities

VolunTEENs will be credited service hours for time spent volunteering during scheduled shifts. Teens offered a position on the Frisco Action Board will be expected to volunteer for a minimum number of hours per calendar month.

Frisco Action Board tasks include:  

  • Sorting recently returned items or shelf-reading to make sure items are in the correct order on the shelves.
  • Cleaning toys used in Story Time classes or in the imaginative play areas for babies – preschoolers. This is a daily task and all volunTEENs will be assigned to assist with this regularly.
  • Straightening the library’s public areas. This includes making the library’s shelves presentable, picking up stray books, and putting toys away in the children’s play areas.
  • Assisting with a class or event led by a librarian.
  • Preparing crafts or assembling packets to be distributed during classes or events or as prizes.
  • Other duties that help support library classes and services.

The Frisco Action Board has several teams that each have specific tasks that support the library. If selected as a member of the Frisco Action Board, each volunTEEN will be assigned a specific team and will complete the tasks that are associated with that team. 

Commonly Asked Questions

If I apply, does that guarantee that I can volunteer at the Library?

VolunTEEN selection and team assignments are based on availability of positions on the Frisco Action Board, shelving skills assessment results, matching volunteers based on schedule limitations, volunteer history at Frisco Public Library, and responses to questions on the application.

I need service hours in a short amount of time. Can I bypass the application process?

No, all new volunTEENs must follow the application process as described on the VolunTEEN Corps web page.

I missed the application window for this session. Can I still apply?

Applications for the Frisco Action Board are only accepted during the posted application windows.

I used to volunteer at the Library. Can I bypass the application process and join again?

Membership on the Frisco Action Board is for one session only. All teens interested in continuing to volunteer or returning to the VolunTEEN Corps must submit an application to volunteer during a Frisco Action Board session. volunTEENs must follow the application process as described on the VolunTEEN Corps web page.

I am not in 9th grade yet, can I still apply for the Frisco Action Board?

Students entering 9th grade are eligible to apply for the summer session leading to the fall semester of their 9th grade school year.

The Frisco Advisory Board offers an alternative for all students in grades 6-12 but membership requires an academic year commitment. Refer to the Frisco Advisory Board Information for more details.

What tasks do volunTEENs on the Frisco Action Board complete?

The Frisco Action Board has several teams that each have specific tasks that support the Library. If selected as a member of the Frisco Action Board, each volunTEEN will be assigned a specific team and will complete the tasks that are associated with that team. These tasks could include sorting recently returned materials, straightening the Library's public areas, cleaning toys used in Story Time classes or in imaginative play areas, assisting with a hands-on class, and more.

Can I volunteer with a friend? Can my group volunteer together?

Due to the types of tasks and the volume of those tasks available for teen volunteers, a group volunteering together is not ideal. Anyone interested in joining the VolunTEEN Corps will need to apply as an individual. If accepted, you may be able to sign up for overlapping shifts with a friend but 90% of the tasks are independent assignments and you will likely be assigned different projects during your shift.

I have court-ordered community service. Can I volunteer at the Library?

Unfortunately the Library is not able to accommodate court-ordered volunteer requirements at this time. 

Contact the VolunTEEN Corps Coordinators

If you have a question about the VolunTEEN Corps that isn't answered on this page, contact the VolunTEEN Corps Coordinators by filling out the form below.

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