An American Future: Library Service Opportunities for Immigrant Youth


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The Fairfax County Public Library and our partnering organization, Liberty’s Promise, were awarded a grant from 2008 - 2012 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Scope of the project
This multi-year project recruited 90 low-income, immigrant youth for 10-week paid internships in the library. The internships provided support for these youth while introducing them to the role of the public library as well as potential library careers.

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About our partners
"Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)"Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

"Liberty s Promise"Liberty's Promise
Liberty's Promise supports young immigrants in need while encouraging them to be active and conscientious American citizens. Our programs aim to make the immigrant experience an affirmative one for young newcomers while instilling in them a sense of pride and support for American ideals of democracy and freedom. By doing so, Liberty's Promise seeks to reaffirm our fundamental egalitarian and democratic traditions for future generations.


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