LIBR 542E (1)

SERVICES FOR YOUTH: SERVICES TO AT-RISK AND SPECIAL NEEDS YOUNG ADULTS

Offered on an irregular basis

PREREQUISITES:

MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: Completion of MLIS Core or permission of SLAIS Graduate Advisor

MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser

GOAL: The three essential goals of this course are:

  1. To provide students with a deeper understanding of at-risk young adults and young adults with special needs
  2. To provide students with an understanding of the importance of including and involving special needs and at-risk young adults in all library planning, programming, and services
  3. To provide students with an introduction to collections, programs, and partnerships with other youth-serving community agencies for special needs and at-risk young adults

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the various categories and needs of special needs and at-risk youth – for example, homeless and street young adults, young adults with disabilities, young adults in foster care, incarcerated young adults, socio-economically disadvantaged young adults, First Nations young adults, immigrant and minority young adults, delinquent and/or violent young adults, abused youth, GLBT young adults, teen parents, etc.
  • Describe how to build collections for special needs and at-risk young adults
  • Assess programming for and outreach to special needs and at-risk young adults
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of networking with other youth-serving agencies

CONTENT:

  • Categories and needs of special needs and at-risk young adults
  • Categories of at-risk behaviours
  • Role of the public library in meeting needs of special needs and at-risk young adults
  • Collection management
  • Programming for special needs and at-risk young adults and their parents and caregivers, and involving special needs and at-risk young adults in the planning process
  • Outreach services and liaisons with schools and youth-serving agencies