Real Talk is a for-youth by-youth conversation forum that is the centerpiece of teen programming at the Waltham Public Library Teen Room.
Twice a month, four teen leaders lead their peers in activities that promote youth voice, encourage socioemotional learning, and develop awareness of social justice issues in our community.
Over the three years we have run this program, we have developed a curriculum to sustain the work of our founders and support librarians in developing similar programs in their libraries.
Real Talk events fall into three units...
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We’re sharing this framework in the hopes that it will serve the needs of your youth and your community. If it does, we want to make sure we know about it. So stay in touch. Let us know how you’re using the framework. Let us know what’s working and what isn’t. We've tried to make the lesson plans as clear as possible for new folks, but if anything is confusing, we'd love to clarify. We want your feedback and input to refine the program and the documentation. And if this proves to be a valuable tool for librarians and other educators, we hope to build a network of support for Real Talk programs and initiatives across the country.