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The St. Louis Public Library will use the funds to support several programs that serve middle school youth in St. Louis City.
* Homework Helpers – Now in its twelfth year, Homework Helpers staff provide children with assistance in completing their homework. This consists of sitting with children one on one, assisting with computer skills so children can conduct online research for projects and papers and creating age-appropriate projects and crafts for those children who have completed their work.
* Read It Forward – Twice each year, the St. Louis Public Library staff selects a Read It Forward author and book title. Copies of the book are purchased and provided to area schools and teens who sign up for the program. Teens are encouraged to read the book and pass it on to a friend. The Library then brings the author to area schools and a St. Louis Public Library Branch to discuss his or her book.
* UAACD Teen Writing Workshops – Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development Inc. (UAACD) will present a series of after-school writing workshops for teens ages 12-17 at the Julia Davis Branch of the SLPL. Each workshop will run for two weeks and focus on a different subject (e.g. hip hop journalism, poetry, creative non-fiction and fiction).
* Summer Reading Club – Summer Reading Club encourages children to improve their literacy skills over the summer months."Middle school is a pivotal point in young people's development," said Dennis White, president and CEO, MetLife Foundation. "High quality, out-of-school time programs can support their healthy development. MetLife Foundation is pleased to recognize these organizations and enable them to provide middle school youth with opportunities for hands-on learning, skill development, community service and fun during out-of-school time."