In this presentation, nationally recognized researcher Dr. Valerie Adams-Bass and PA Humanities Education Program Officer, Julia Terry will debut and highlight takeaways from the new learning brief:  Teen Reading Lounge: Insights from 10 Years of Participatory Research and Evaluation.

They will share research-driven decisions PA Humanities has made over the 10 years of funding and supporting libraries in implementing Teen Reading Lounge, an informal youth book club and civic engagement program for teens ages 12-18.

This webinar will provide an overview of beneficial takeaways for youth-serving organizations and funders, including those that focus on engaging, understanding, and centering BIPOC/minoritized youth through the lens of Hart’s Ladder and Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework.


  • Introduce the Learning Brief and highlight key takeaways for youth workers
  • Share examples of best practices in professional development, partnerships, and evaluation
  • Expand considerations for equitable and inclusive youth engagement
  • Share tools to assess your current youth engagement practices

This webinar is designed for library professionals and administrators, youth development staff, educators, and funders. Attendees will receive free access to the Learning Brief publication.