JCPL Teens Plan “De-Stress Week”


Since receiving an ETSU Elevates grant to fund their next Stories to Service project, your Library’s teen volunteers have been hard at work! They’re in the midst of planning “De-Stress Week”, a weeklong program that will focus on teen mental health and stress management.

In November, Teen Services Manager Katelyn Wolfe presented the group’s idea along with two teen volunteers, Taryn Parker and Diana Dalton, during the ETSU Elevates Pitch Competition. The competition is a Shark Tank-style event in which five different organizations present their proposed projects, and then audience members vote for their top three to receive funding. As one of the teams that was chosen, JCPL’s teens were awarded $5,000 to fulfill their proposed project!

Stories to Service volunteers decided to focus on teen anxiety after discussing their own difficulties dealing with stress and balancing their schedules. During the Elevates Pitch Competition, Taryn shared, “We [teens] are so stressed out and we don’t know how to cope. No one has taught us how.” This is a growing problem for teens; according to the National Institute of Health, nearly one in three adolescents will experience an anxiety disorder by the age of 18. (Learn more about teen anxiety here.)

To address this troubling issue, Stories to Service teens came up with the idea for De-Stress Week, a week of events held at the Library that will teach various methods for stress management and relaxation for teens. The week will include teen events every evening, such as after-hours gaming, yoga, and art workshops. There will also be daily pop-up demonstrations and special guests in the teen area, like therapy dogs, a DIY hot tea blend station, and massages.

The goal of the Stories to Service program is to engage the community through a combination of book clubs and service projects. Contact Katelyn Wolfe at (423) 434-4349 to become a Stories to Service volunteer or with questions about De-Stress Week. Stay updated on teen programs and collections by following Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram.

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