Programming for Vulnerable Populations
Our communities are diverse, not only with culture, but with abilities. Is your library properly serving your residents if programming opportunities don’t reflect the whole community? People with special needs and mental health issues make up a segment of your population, but they are often forgotten when it comes to program development. I’m here to explain that programming for these groups doesn’t need to be daunting or difficult. This workshop will provide you with steps library staff can use to outreach and support at-risk populations in your area.
- Learn how to connect with the appropriate community partners
- Understand the needs of your vulnerable community
- Successful outreach strategies to your vulnerable population
- Potential training opportunities and strategies that staff may use during branch interactions with these populations
About the Presenter
Ryan Moniz is a Training Librarian for Markham Public Library in the beautiful city of Markham, Ontario, also known as Canada’s most diverse community. For over 10 years, Ryan has worked with children, youth and young adults including those with special needs, First Nations, and at-risk in a variety of settings. Since a young age he has devoted his time to enriching the lives of others, regardless of their situation, and worked to provide equal opportunities for success. Fun fact: Ryan shaved off his right eyebrow in grade 8 while trying to give himself a haircut. Never again.
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