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 it was a good learning experience for me, meeting new people, earning money over the summer, and helping my community.” —YELL 2022 Intern
“I would recommend a friend to YELL because I feel like the work load is generous and flexible considering your wage pay, and also how it's overall fun.” —YELL 2022 Intern


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. Interns work collaboratively with local librarians and 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. Teens must:

  • Live in San Francisco
  • Attend 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2024 or Spring 2025
  • Be a recent graduate in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024

Applications are now open and close April 12, 2024. In order to be considered for YELL be sure to: 

  • Select San Francisco Youthworks (SFYW) for Program you are applying to on page 1.
  • Review the description of Library – Youth Engaged in Library Leadership (YELL) and click on the box to choose participating library on page 5.

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