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2016-03-16

  Dave Graveline – Youth Intern
BIBLIOTHEQUE PUBLIQUE DE MOONBEAM - Bibliothèque publique de Moonbeam
Network 2

For the last 3 months, at Moonbeam’s public library, we offered Lego sessions for everyone who likes working with their imagination. I would give the kids a different subject everyday and without any example they would build something relevant to that subject. I should say that the amount of attendance actually surpassed our expectations. Between 4-9 kids would attend everyday and for a small community like ours, it is nice to see that people still have interest in what the community has to offer. It is really encouraging for us as a community and for me it was a really fun experience taking part of this internship.



2016-03-02

  Marcus Herbert – Youth Intern
Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre - Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre
Network 1

This month the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre and Seven Generations Education Institute embarked upon a collaborative undertaking to introduce children under the age of 12 to programming. This monumental task was accomplished via the Wonder League Robotics Competition: a competition in which children used an app to create drag-and-drop programs. These programs then controlled a colourful robot, guiding it through imaginative space themed missions over the course of several weekend sessions.
 While the competitive aspect of the official competition held no interest in the attending children, they absolutely enjoyed themselves and worked hard. All the while, participants encountered real world issues which plague the IT industry and were forced to overcome them. They discovered the value of: organization in their code, group discussions on the organization used, collaboration, functional tasking, taking advantage of other group members’ knowledge, having a project leader, and test driven development. 
 Overall, the program was a resounding success: leaving participants able to program in the drag-and-drop interface in a manner they found to be intuitive. Furthermore, several of the children went on to make even greater leaps. Some going as far as suggesting higher level programming concepts, which were outside of the scope of the competition, and realizing the value of mathematics in simplifying the development process. Most importantly, everyone involved enjoyed themselves thoroughly.



2016-03-02

  Marcus Herbert – Youth Intern
Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre - Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre
Network 1

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2015-03-31

  Kelly Carmichael – Youth Intern
Bruce County Public Library - BCPL (Chesley Branch)
Network 4

Working as a Youth Intern has been extremely rewarding and interesting. Every day comes with a new story and a unique challenge. One story that stands out to me is a couple that came to me, struggling to find their way around their new smart phones. They had gone into the Bell store asking for the most basic mobile phones available to make calls and text, and left the store with two brand new Samsung Galaxies.

The husband, Don, had been extremely hesitant to come in for training and was quickly frustrated and very non-confident in his ability to master the phone. They started coming in once or twice a week for all of December, and by the end Don and Arlene were playing games, sending texts to each other, and making calls. I couldn't help but notice that they were also having fun and joking with me and with each other about how far they had come.

This experience was one of my first successes with the Youth Intern Program, and their new found confidence really helped me value the work I am doing. Don had been convinced they were going to return “these darn cell phones,” but it has now been 3 months and it is safe to say that Don and Arlene have crossed the point of no return.




2015-03-31

  Kelly Carmichael – Youth Intern
Bruce County Public Library - BCPL (Chesley Branch)
Network 4

Working as a Youth Intern has been extremely rewarding and interesting. Every day comes with a new story and a unique challenge. One story that stands out to me is a couple that came to me, struggling to find their way around their new smart phones. They had gone into the Bell store asking for the most basic mobile phones available to make calls and text, and left the store with two brand new Samsung Galaxies.

The husband, Don, had been extremely hesitant to come in for training and was quickly frustrated and very non-confident in his ability to master the phone. They started coming in once or twice a week for all of December, and by the end Don and Arlene were playing games, sending texts to each other, and making calls. I couldn't help but notice that they were also having fun and joking with me and with each other about how far they had come.

This experience was one of my first successes with the Youth Intern Program, and their new found confidence really helped me value the work I am doing. Don had been convinced they were going to return “these darn cell phones,” but it has now been 3 months and it is safe to say that Don and Arlene have crossed the point of no return.




2015-03-31

  Kelly Carmichael – Youth Intern
Bruce County Public Library - BCPL (Chesley Branch)
Network 4

Working as a Youth Intern has been extremely rewarding and interesting. Every day comes with a new story and a unique challenge. One story that stands out to me is a couple that came to me, struggling to find their way around their new smart phones. They had gone into the Bell store asking for the most basic mobile phones available to make calls and text, and left the store with two brand new Samsung Galaxies.

The husband, Don, had been extremely hesitant to come in for training and was quickly frustrated and very non-confident in his ability to master the phone. They started coming in once or twice a week for all of December, and by the end Don and Arlene were playing games, sending texts to each other, and making calls. I couldn't help but notice that they were also having fun and joking with me and with each other about how far they had come.

This experience was one of my first successes with the Youth Intern Program, and their new found confidence really helped me value the work I am doing. Don had been convinced they were going to return “these darn cell phones,” but it has now been 3 months and it is safe to say that Don and Arlene have crossed the point of no return.




2015-03-31

  Kelly Carmichael – Youth Intern
Bruce County Public Library - BCPL (Chesley Branch)
Network 4

Working as a Youth Intern has been extremely rewarding and interesting. Every day comes with a new story and a unique challenge. One story that stands out to me is a couple that came to me, struggling to find their way around their new smart phones. They had gone into the Bell store asking for the most basic mobile phones available to make calls and text, and left the store with two brand new Samsung Galaxies.

The husband, Don, had been extremely hesitant to come in for training and was quickly frustrated and very non-confident in his ability to master the phone. They started coming in once or twice a week for all of December, and by the end Don and Arlene were playing games, sending texts to each other, and making calls. I couldn't help but notice that they were also having fun and joking with me and with each other about how far they had come.

This experience was one of my first successes with the Youth Intern Program, and their new found confidence really helped me value the work I am doing. Don had been convinced they were going to return “these darn cell phones,” but it has now been 3 months and it is safe to say that Don and Arlene have crossed the point of no return.




2015-03-28

  Joseph Belisle – Youth Intern
Corporation of the Township of Nipigon Public Library Board - Nipigon Public Library
Network 1

I met a very nice lady from southern Ontario who moved to Nipigon in search of job opportunities. I was able to help her set up a job interview through Skype for a job offered in Alberta. She came back to the library a few days later to tell me she was hired for the job and she was very grateful for my help. YI at CAS has allowed me to acquire public communication skills, teaching skills and computer skills. During my time helping people with computers I learned some stuff about computers that I never knew before. I believe the skills I have learned with help me with obtaining long-term employment.



2015-03-23

  Annika Roberts – Youth Intern
University Settlement - Grange Road
Network 16

I have been working as a Youth Intern at University Settlement for a few months now and I must say that it has been an amazing experience. When I was first hired as the CAP Youth Intern, I was extremely excited that I found an opportunity that would allow me to help individuals learn, grow and have fun. In addition to my excitement, I was also really nervous because I wanted everyone to enjoy the class. Therefore, I made sure that I made a lesson plan that would enable all of the clients to learn but also have fun learning too. Some of my lesson plans included computer basics, typing skills, mouse skills, Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and etc. In regards to my success story, I would say that everyday has been a success for me because I honestly cannot choose one time that there has not been a success. With that being said, every day is a success because I have the opportunity to teach something new that the majority of clients have not learned before. I really enjoy seeing the look of gratification of the clients’ faces when I teach them something on the computer that is beneficial to their everyday life.

In the beginning of March 2015, one client asked me when the program was ending. I told him that there are only three more weeks left. Based on his facial expression he looked disappointed and expressed to me that he would love to continue the program and wanted me to be the facilitator again. He said that I was a great teacher and I taught him a lot of things that would benefit him. By him expressing those thoughts really made me happy that I was able to succeed in this particular position. In addition to facilitating computer classes for seniors I also had the opportunity to facilitate computer classes for the After School Program. I was given the opportunity to create lesson plans for children in JK to grade 2 and grade 3 to grade 8. Overall, this position has been an amazing one and I am so happy that I had the privilege to do so many things in such a short amount of time.




2015-03-23

  Lathuchan Sinnarajah – Youth Intern
Parkdale Community Information Centre (PCIC) - Parkdale Community Information Centre - youth 1
Network 10

I was at the front desk of the Parkdale Community Information Centre (PCIC). A woman came to me and asked for her rights if her tenant was to kick her out. I went on the computer and searched up her rights and told her that her tenant can’t kick her out unless he has these list of reasons and also a court order. She was pleased with my answer and I asked if she needed anything else and she said it was fine. This program has also helped me gain my knowledge such as the legal rights for tenants in this success story, and I felt great helping the woman in need.



2015-03-23

  Kayla Beamish – Youth Intern
Selwyn Public Library - Bridgenorth Public Library
Network 12

I have been a Youth Intern for the past two years at the Bridgenorth library and it has certainly changed my perspective about my possible employment opportunities. I have always known that I have wanted to teach or assist people in one way or another and I am currently in a Concurrent Education program. However, being a Youth Intern makes me want to work outside the classroom, especially with teaching technologies to people of all ages. It is incredibly rewarding to see people use various technologies (phones, tablets, laptops, cloud services, photos, ebooks, e-mail, websites, dropbox, word processing etc.) and I want to continue this rewarding experience after I finish my degree because I am very excited about the possibility of teaching outside of the traditional classroom setting!



2015-03-23

  Brittney Remillard – Youth Intern
Community Opportunity & Innovation Network Inc. - reBOOT Peterborough
Network 12

My time as a Youth Intern with the Community Opportunity and Innovation Network (COIN) has proven to be a life-changer for me. In working with COIN, I’ve had the opportunity to learn what community development really means, and in doing so I found my calling to work in the non-profit sector. I’ve been lucky enough to help develop training programs for people who face barriers to employment, taught classes on resume building and customer service skills, and developed a communications newsletter to help share COIN’s story. These have not only developed my personable skills such as public speaking and writing, but have also enhanced my technical skills in web programming and database management. These skills are in demand and I’m happy that I was able to use my experience as a Youth Intern to further develop and refine them.

I have always loved helping people, for as long as I can remember. With my experience at COIN, I am happy to say that I feel like I have satisfied and ignited this passion even further. I really feel that social enterprises and working somewhere where you feel that you are making a difference are important. The Youth Internships at CAS program really helped me gain valuable work experience for future opportunities, gave me a solid foundation about the inner workings of a non-profit organization, and provided me with room for personal and professional growth. I can now use the skills that I’ve learned to better not only myself, but also my communities as I continue my education in hopes of working in the non-profit sector.




2015-03-23

  Austin Flagler – Youth Intern
Douro-Dummer Township Public Library - Douro-Dummer Public Library – youth 2
Network 12

Thanks to the Youth Interns program, I have found out just how much I truly enjoy helping and assisting people with technology. The program has helped me see that I really enjoy this type of work and I am considering continuing this line of work throughout my post-secondary education. I enjoy learning more and more about technology along with teaching others about how useful it can be in everyday life. I get to teach people about the technology and this is very satisfying for me to know that I am helping people. Without the Youth Intern program I most likely would have never even considered this type of work as a continuation of my education and possibly a full time job later on in the future.



2015-03-23

  Marcie Beall – Youth Intern
Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes - Y-BGCKL
Network 12

This program has been an amazing experience for me. I am very grateful for the funding to be able to run this program as I have experienced and done so much that I probably would not have gotten the chance to do if it wasn't for this program. Some things that I have been able to do through the program are:

•Help youth develop resumes and cover letters and send them to job sites •Helped youth navigate the process of finding employment through online job sites and resources •Plan programs for Rogers Raising the Grade •Assist our REACH Youth Support Worker with planning and implementation of programs and program plans •Input the stats for our youth and tween members •Research and create programs for youth (Art Attack, March Break programs) •Navigate the website and update information and pictures •Update social media (Twitter and Facebook) •Research programs for our tween members - create a binder of programs •Develop a Warehouse Youth Centre YouTube channel •Assist in the development of a computer program

When assisting the youth with resume and cover letter building and helping them to apply for jobs it not only benefits them in new skills they are learning, but it also benefits me; I am able to develop an important relationship with these youth. While building a cover letter we may discuss why they want or need a job - this can lead into a deeper conversation about them (this may include personal or family struggles they are experiencing). When I assist in planning programs for Rogers Raising the Grade I can see how this program will benefit those involved - a simple field trip to a College or University may help a youth decide on their future. Implementing programs through Rogers Raising the Grade allows me to see firsthand what is working and what isn't and then make changes.

When inputting the stats for our Tween and Teen members, this allows me to keep track of who we are serving and how many times they access the centre. By doing this I know how to better assist them. For example, if I see that a youth who used to come every day for a month is not coming as much I can have an informal conversation with them; simply asking them what they have been up to, why aren't they accessing the centre as much. This could also lead into a deeper conversation. By having this conversation I may be able to assist them with their needs that they may not have been comfortable asking for help for.

When doing research for programs for our youth, they are often the ones to come to me and ask if I can research a program for them and help them to bring it into the club. It benefits all involved, including me because I then get more program planning and implementation experience.

Through my role in maintaining the social media - I am able to connect with the community in a way that incorporates a larger amount of people/agencies. I have been taking pictures of programs such as speakers we have in for Rogers or our cooking program and uploading them to the website so future members can see all that we have to offer. As well, through my role of updating our social media pages (Twitter and Facebook) I have been able to connect to community resources/agencies. Just last week we had a reporter from our local newspaper come in and take pictures of our cooking program and interview a few of our youth. The reporter said that she had seen and followed my tweets about our dinner menu and programs.

When I research programs for our Tween members this allows me to better know what it is that they want. What types of programs will benefit them and they will enjoy.

A new project that I am starting is to put together a Youtube Channel. This will be displayed to and viewed by our youth every Friday. In developing this channel I will be researching Youtube videos (music, funny, inspirational, educational etc.) and making a playlist. This is a way for our youth to connect with one another and for everyone to be included.

As well, another March program I will be working on is assisting a youth who will be working with his mentor to develop a computer program. This program will teach our youth how to make a computer from scratch and it is our hope to then match our youth with a senior mentor; our youth will teach their senior mentor how to access sites such as Facebook. We are just waiting to hear back from all the people involved and to make a list of materials needed.

When I first started in this position I didn't see how my work made a difference within the club. Now looking deeper into the tasks I do, I see the differences it makes and the relationships I can build with both our members and our community. This is all made possible through this program and the funding that is provided for my position. I am so very thankful and grateful for this opportunity and this position.




2015-03-17

  James Colwell – Youth Intern
Community Opportunity & Innovation Network Inc. - Learning Disabilities Association - Peterborough
Network 12

The majority of my work has been to assist each student at becoming more capable and confident when using assistive technology. Although the main focus has been on assistive technology software, I design each session differently so that it best fits the needs of each student. The following are some of the resources that I have been using with the students:

Essential Skills (excellent practice for reading comprehension, math and literacy) Mavis Beacon (excellent typing practice, plus the students love the typing games) Inspiration (great practice for creating webs or organizational charts) Smart Technologies (the students love the smart board!)

For the students in grades 7 and 8, who I am preparing for high school, are able to use Inspiration to create “webs” to organize their ideas and thoughts and goals for high school. Picture the following as a web organizer:

Question: Who are my resources? Branch: Teachers Branch: Learning Resource Teachers Branch: Guidance Counsellors Branch: Administration (head secretary, vice-principal etc.)

Each student whom I tutor absolutely loves using the smart board. I am a strong believer in active/interactive learning, which means that I prefer to have students creatively participating in their learning, rather than giving them a worksheet while sitting at their desk. By following this method, I have been able to engage the students in their own learning by doing one simple thing; making it interesting for them.

Here is one short story:

When Samantha first came to me, she was struggling to understand her multiplication tables. So, I came up with every idea I could think of to ensure that Samantha would know her times tables by the time our sessions were over. We started out on cue cards. I had Samantha solve each multiplication table starting with the ones…all the way to the tens. Along the way, I gave her tips and tricks, showing her which ones were easy to remember, and which ones she would have to memorize. For some fun practice, Samantha and I play a card game. Each person puts one card down on the table, and she has to multiply the two numbers together. Samantha no longer fears multiplication, and she has been able to memorize about 80% of the times tables to date.




2015-02-25

  Tamika Malcolm – Youth Intern
Boys and Girls Club Peel - Acorn Place
Network 9

We have been teaching the youth "safe online shopping" while using things they are interested in, for example, cooking. We do a cooking class every Tuesday, looking up recipes from safe sources. We teach them what to look out for and what not to look out for that can lead to hackers. On top of that, we do a lot of e-commerce with the children and show them how to download educational films and other fun-filled material online that will not harm their computer.



2015-02-06

  Meagan Shwetz – Youth Intern
Rehabilitation Foundation for the Disabled - March of Dimes Canada
Network 1

I’ve been working as a Youth Intern at March of Dimes for a few months now and one particular client stood out to me as being a very positive influence for the warehouse. The Warehouse Project is a community program offered by March of Dimes that allows participants living with disabilities to build upon their social network and enjoy various activities such as, art, woodworking, cooking, recreation, community outings and many other events. The purpose of the program is to build confidence and create a safe and comfortable environment for participants as well as, get involved in the community by volunteering, furthering their education or possibly pursuing employment. One of the main goals of the program is to accept and include others in all activities so bully awareness would be a great feature to the warehouse.

I been working with a client, Tanis, for a couple weeks now and she’s really passionate about bully awareness and making sure everyone is being treated fairly. She really wants to make sure her friends know that they can come to her if they are being bullied or if they just need someone to talk to. We decided to give her desire to help others some purpose and made an informational brochure to give out to her friends in the warehouse to explain what bullying is and how to deal with it. The brochure includes the reasons why people bully, how it might make you feel, how to be a good friend and what you should do if you are being bullied. She also wanted to add to the brochure by having an incident report available for others to use if they ever witness bullying or get involved in it. We decided to print the Kids Help Phone bullying incident report they had available on their website and they are now available for others to use in the warehouse. It’s been so rewarding for me, as well as my client, to be able to contribute to bully awareness and ensure a positive environment in the March of Dimes warehouse!




2014-01-27

  Ariel Root – Youth Intern
Kenora Public Library - Kenora Public Library CAP
Network 1

For the last month, I have been working in collaboration with St Thomas Aquinas high school in Kenora to give seminars and tutorials to the students of various classes regarding the databases and online resources we offer at Kenora Public Library.

It came to my attention at the beginning of the month, that our databases are seldom being used, and those who are using them are very very rarely students. Having recently finished my undergrad, this struck me as strange. And I thought it really was too bad that these great resources aren't being used whatsoever. How could we fix that?

I contacted the vice principals at our local high schools, and one of them responded shortly after. We arranged that I could come into the school and meet with their librarian to start arranging some sort of tutorial for the students on how to use the databases we offer at KPL. The librarian was also very much on board with the idea. She forwarded the ideas to some staff members. The 12U English teacher said that it fit right in with a project she assigned her students, and I began to work on a presentation for her class. She gave me an outline of their assignment so I could make the presentation relevant for their purposes.

On November 7, I gave a seminar at TA high school to a class of 25 grade 12U English students. It was a great time. Some of them had questions, and some of them took notes. It was a great opportunity for myself, and a really good learning experience for them. All of the students were then given an assignment to make an annotated bibliography relevant to their research project, and were required to use the library's resources. As a result, we've seen almost all 25 come into the library so far to get a library card.

The English teacher said the presentation was awesome, and that she will highly recommend it to the two 11U English teachers. One of the other teachers approached me outside of the school saying that he would like to hear more about the presentation to see if it could fit into his classes at all. The whole experience has been awesome, and very successful.

The attached photo features (left to right): Cheryl Hicks (12U English teacher), myself, Caroline Heyens (TA high school librarian)



2014-01-19

  Brittany Stillar – Youth Intern
Bonnechere Union Public Library - Bonnechere Union Public Library
Network 3

On December 18th, I was busy teaching students at our local high school about our online databases that are featured on our website. It was the FIRST time in BUPL history that a YI had successfully managed to get permission to visit the school. I made a tri-fold with examples of databases that I thought would be helpful to students, as well as pique their interests. I set up a table in the library during their lunch hour and one period after. I handed out fruity candy canes as well with our URL attached, as incentive and thanks for visiting our booth. Students were really in to it and I received some great feedback!



2014-01-19

  Walden Kummer – Youth Intern
Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Drop-In Centre - Employment 1
Network 16

I really believe the CAP youth program is really great for the community and its members. We get various clients in our location that really appreciate what we do for them in terms of helping them with their needs.

Most of our clients are from low income families that have little or no computer skills that truly need our assistance for employment, settlement and other things in their lives. You can truly feel their frustration when they come with their needs to us and they feel lost and don't know what to do or where to start.

We all know everything today is mostly done online and our clients do need assistance in things like resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, applications online, job searching online and etc.

Everyday, I feel like I'm making a difference in my community and its members with the help I give them, even if just by a little. You could see in their faces and smiles how that little help we provide them is making a huge impact in their lives.

Situations like helping a frustrated job seeker on social assistance get a job by helping them with resumes, job searching, cover letter and other things they need after being unemployed for many years is something words can't explain. Situations like helping a newcomer with settlement issues they are facing and the feeling you get and the reassurance in your mind that you are making their future in Canada a great one because of that little assistance is priceless. Situations that include a youth in school who has hundreds or questions about what to do and you providing them with options and referring/guiding them to the right services that would help them is something really amazing.

I feel like every day I worked in Cap Youth is a success story. Every situation I help a community member is a success because that little assistance I provide is making a difference in their lives. I thank you and everyone at Youth Internships at Community Access Sites for helping people.



2014-01-19

  Faith Braun – Youth Intern
Elgin County Library - Straffordville Library
Network 15

My success of the week was working with the young patron on her homework assignment. I showed her how she could type it out in various ways, attach pictures, and recover her file after failing to add extra time. She plans to use this information for future assignments and projects she will work on.



2014-01-19

  Laura O’Gorman – Youth Intern
Elgin County Library - Port Stanley Library
Network 15

I helped some youth with looking up some fun games on the computer by providing them with age-appropriate sites to look them up on. I also helped to show them how to play the games by helping them understand the tutorials and showing them the controls they should use. They had lots of fun playing these games, so I am very glad I was able to help them.



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