July 25, 2023
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LA County Library & LA County Library Foundation Partner with Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Uchenna Nwosu
Generous Gift Funds My Brother’s Keeper Peer Advocate Position at Carson Library
LA COUNTY, CA – LA County Library is excited to announce that Seattle Seahawks player Uchenna Nwosu is partnering with the Library and LA County Library Foundation to fund a My Brother’s Keeper Peer Advocate position at Carson Library for the next three years.
Nwosu, who grew up in Carson, said his gift celebrates his hometown library and community. “I have great memories of visiting Carson Library when I was younger. Carson Library helped me and so many other young people learn and grow, and now it’s time for me to pay it forward.”
Established in 2018 in response to former President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Challenge, LA County Library’s award-winning MBK Peer Advocate program brings young people of color into libraries as advisors and liaisons. Peer Advocates serve their communities by connecting with young people in their local library, supporting library programs and services, and enhancing their own skills through training, program development, and outreach.
With Nwosu’s support, Carson Library will recruit its own MBK Peer Advocate. Nwosu encourages applicants: “This is a great opportunity for a young person of color to support Library projects, create programs that impact youth and the greater community, and gain real-world skills that can be applied to school and work.”
“We are so grateful to Uchenna Nwosu for supporting our MBK Peer Advocate Program,” said Library Director Skye Patrick. “With his support, our program will continue to provide access, training, and resources that help shape the trajectory of young people’s lives. We are thrilled to offer this exciting opportunity to the customers of Carson Library.”
“Uchenna Nwosu is a leader on the field and off,” said LA County Library Foundation Executive Director Andrea Carroll. “We’re very thankful for his gift and the positive impact he’ll make.”
Once hired, this MBK Peer Advocate will work out of Carson Library, which is anticipated to reopen to the public in late fall. Interested individuals with a high school diploma or GED who want to make an impact in the Carson community can learn more about the MBK Peer Advocate position and complete an interest form at LACountyLibrary.org/MBK.
About LA County Library
Founded in 1912, LA County Library is one of the largest and most innovative library systems in the US. It provides culturally responsive and dynamic collections, programs, and services to meet the literacy, information, personal enrichment, and entertainment needs of all residents across Los Angeles County. Dedicated to reducing barriers and increasing equitable access for all, LA County Library serves 3.4 million residents across 3,000 square miles through its 85 community libraries, 1 institutional library, and mobile fleet of 15 vehicles, including 4 Bookmobiles, 6 MākMō (maker mobiles), 3 early literacy vehicles, and 2 mobile outreach vehicles. To learn more, visit LACountyLibrary.org and follow @LACountyLibrary on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.
About LA County Library Foundation
LA County Library Foundation raises funds and creates partnerships to support LA County Library and the millions of children, teens, and adults whose lives and communities the Library enriches with free resources. The Library is a dynamic and unifying force in Los Angeles County, with LA County Library Foundation a vital partner. Public dollars don’t cover all the Library’s costs for services it provides. The Library Foundation works to bridge that funding gap – with gifts from private sources, including corporations, foundations, and individuals – and builds deep-rooted community support for the Library and its role as a civic cornerstone. Donations to LA County Library Foundation are investments in literacy and lifelong learning, a stronger workforce, creativity, and a more inclusive and just community.