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YART Stipends

The Young Adult Round Table (YART) is excited to offer the following annual stipends to offset the cost of members’ professional development. The purpose of these stipends is to encourage participation in YART and the professional development opportunities offered by TLA.

TALL Texans

Annual Conference

DESCRIPTION

To offset the expense of participating in the TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute, YART offers ten (10) stipends of up to $600 each.

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DESCRIPTION

To offset the expense of attending the Annual Conference, YART offers:

  • Ten (10) stipends to cover complete conference registration (5 for YART officers and 5 for YART members) and
  • Five (5) Travel Reimbursement Awards of up to $300 each

ELIGIBILITY

To qualify, you must:

  • Be currently employed as a library worker focusing on teen and young adult services in Texas – Grades 6-12.
  • Be a member of TLA and YART.
  • Not previously awarded YART funds during the current association year (i.e., between the conclusion of the previous TLA Annual Conference and the conclusion of the upcoming one).
  • Be accepted to the upcoming TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute.

ELIGIBILITY

To qualify, you must:

  • Be currently employed as a library worker focusing on teen and young adult services in Texas – Grades 6-12.
  • Be a member of TLA and YART.
  • Not previously awarded YART funds during the current association year (i.e., between the conclusion of the previous TLA Annual Conference and the conclusion of the upcoming one).
  • Work more than 120 miles away from the location of the coming Annual Conference.

DEADLINE – August 1 at 11:59 PM

DEADLINE – January 1 at 11:59 PM

TIMELINE

  • May 1 – Application form available
  • May 31 – TALL Texans Application deadline
  • August 1, 11:59 PM – YART Stipend Application deadline
  • August 15 – YART will notify the recipients and the TLA office.
  • August 27 – YART notifies all other applicants.
TIMELINE

  • November 15 – Application form available
  • January 1, 11:59 PM – Application deadline
  • January 15 – YART will notify recipients and the TLA office.
  • January 22 – YART notifies all other applicants.
  • May 31 – Travel reimbursement awardees shall submit their documentation to the YART Chair within 30 days of the TLA Annual Conference.

PREPARATION

Please use the attached planning sheet and evaluation rubric to organize your application.

PREPARATION – (coming soon)

Please use the attached planning sheet and evaluation rubric to organize your application. 

Evaluation

YART is committed to intentionally choosing a group of recipients to enhance the diversity of participants in professional development. Recognizing that diversity in attendees helps ensure that YART’s professional and career development foundation supports the needs of all young adults in Texas, the goal is to bring in as many historically underrepresented perspectives as feasible. Thus, we’ll consider how each suite of awardees reflect the following: 

  • Variety of TLA districts: YART currently prioritizes members of Districts 1, 2, 6, and 8.
  • Contribution from historically underrepresented perspectives such as low socioeconomic status, gender diversity in the library ecosystem (i.e., male, nonbinary, or transgender applicants), BIPOC, diversity of sexuality, religious minority, and disability status
  • Balance of school and other library environments
  • Balance of library service area sizes (i.e., small vs. large)

Issuance

Stipends shall be issued directly to TLA, whereas travel reimbursement awards shall be made available to the recipient upon the submission of receipts. 

Travel reimbursement awards may provide one-time funding to offset expenses for travel within Texas, incidentals (transportation, shuttle, tolls, parking fees, etc.), and meals to facilitate attendance. Please note the following regarding the travel reimbursement award: 

  • Rates for meals and incidentals will be compensated at the per diem rate the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) sets.
  • All mileage must be verified by Google Maps, showing any needed car travel, and will be compensated at the rate set by GSA.
  • Applicants working within 120 miles of the conference location are not eligible.

Please use the YART Travel Documentation Tracker to submit your expenses by May 31. Furthermore, you may want to use an app such as Adobe Scan to capture your receipts during the conference conveniently.

YART will make every effort to provide recipients with the requested amounts and reserves the right to provide partial funding based on the number of applicants and budgetary limitations.

Application 

For more information, please contact [email protected]