Congratulations to Zach, Onica, Roshelle, Navneet who attended the library’s first graduation ceremony for TAB’s senior members. Two members, Emily and Joseph, could not make it because of work commitments. All six members leave big shoes to fill, as they have been excellent leaders of TAB.
These are just a few examples of the work they have done over the past year with TAB.
Roshelle and Navneet led the teens in organizing the successful Halloween Party where over 250 local teens attended at the library.
Onica and Joseph volunteered extensively and the most consistently for the past Summer Reading Programs.
Navneet and Emily took the lead in creating a TAB presentation and presented at school board meetings, classrooms and all staff meetings to spread awareness of TAB and recruit new TAB members.
All six of them have received youth development training with Rogelio Villagrana and the UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program. All TAB members receive training in public speaking, event planning, time management and leadership skills in order to effectively plan and promote library programs for youth and teens in the community.
During the graduation ceremony, each member was able to confidently give a small speech about what they liked most about TAB, what they learned from TAB and how this would help them in the future. Full disclosure- this part of the ceremony was impromptu, as they were asked to say a few words when they accepted their medals. Just goes to show how prepared and self-assured they have become. Ready for anything!
Parents and siblings where appreciative of the library’s program and how it helped their child to be involved in community service. Younger TAB members, Anoushka, Mia and Amber also attended to support their graduating peers. Anoushka volunteered her photography skills to take all the pictures of the event and Mia brought cookies to share.
Mayor Tom Stallard congratulated the teens on their accomplishments and future goals of attending college. He reminded them to visit their college’s libraries as they are welcoming places that will help them succeed in school.
Greta Galindo, the library’s Director, expressed gratitude to the teens for all their volunteer work in making the library a fun place for youth. Several library board members and Woodland High School’s librarian, Corinne, also attended to show support and congratulate the TAB members.
It was an intimate event filled with appreciation and accomplishment. Thank you to everyone that came to support the graduating TAB members. Congratulations to the class of 2016!