Youth Engaged in Library Leadership (YELL)

YELL: Youth Engaged in Library Leadership

Welcome to YELL, the summer leadership program for teens at San Francisco Public Library.

"Yes, I would recommend YELL to a friend because working with YELL has been a learning and rewarding experience to collaborate with creative and inspiring people. I genuinely enjoyed getting to learn about different careers and meeting new people." —YELL 2021 teen
“YELL definitely helped me meet others that had similar interests to me because we did group projects. Creating the social media posts and video projects also helped me practice my graphic design and content creation skills”. —YELL 2021 teen


What is YELL?
Youth Engaged in Library Leadership (YELL) is a workforce development program designed for older teens that requires a weekly commitment over the summer to work collaboratively with local librarians. Interns assist with content creation, support STEM and literacy activities and develop project-based youth led events.

What are the requirements for being selected for YELL?
YELL interns are required to attend weekly meetings, orientation and trainings that support content creation and development, execution and evaluation of a team project. Time commitment is 15-20 hours each week. Applicants enthusiastic about learning more about the Library, supporting our Mission Statement, and working to make our community and Library better for teens.  

What are the dates of YELL?
Site placement chats take place in late May. Bi-weekly meetings take place between June and August. It is required that you are present for all (or almost all) of the meetings.

Is this a paid internship?
Yes, interns will receive a stipend every two weeks. Every participant who completes the requirements for YELL will also be awarded a $500 scholarship deposited into their K2C or ScholarShare529 account in the fall after the internship is completed.

How does a teen apply for YELL?
We are proud to partner with JCYC and SF YouthWorks to coordinate application submissions. You must be entering grades 11 or 12 in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023; a Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 graduate; be a resident of San Francisco; and attend high school in San Francisco.

Applications are closed. For questions about the application process email

    Where can I learn more about YELL?
    Email We can't wait to hear from you.