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.
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.
Marcus Herbert – Youth Intern Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre - Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre Network 1
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Joshua Gauthier – Youth Intern Cochrane Public Library Board - Cochrane Public Library Network 2
During March Break last year, the library hosted our first “Minecraft Night” for the kids. It was a simple set-up; the kids were logged in under a free DEMO account and got a chance to play the game (most didn’t have accounts because their parents wouldn’t pay for it or didn’t want their kids to have an email address at their age). Though because the accounts were free, each was playing in their own little world and there was no interaction in-game.
Fast-forward to March Break this year and, after much deliberation with our library’s CEO over the past few months, we now have MinecraftEDU available on all of our public computers. It’s a full copy of the game with no cost or account required to the library patrons (of all ages)! During our Minecraft Night this year, we hosted a server for the first time and finally the kids could play together in-game interactively. I have never personally seen children so happy.
Now the library is going to Minecraft Night each month. If I don’t work those hours, then I plan to volunteer to help out anyway. This is my first project that will help kids learn in an addictively fun way throughout the year and I want to see it through for as long as possible.
Coral Pelto – Youth Intern Schreiber Public Library - Schreiber Public Library Network 1
Schreiber Public Library has a children’s program called Readers Roost. It is a Story Hour. The program coordinator reads a book and completes a craft and fun activities with the children. This fall, I combined the CAP program with the Readers Roost program. Six children ages 5 to 7 participated in it. Every Friday afternoon for one hour, I read the children a book related to the theme of the week (such as Halloween, winter, or Christmas), and in addition to doing a short craft, we would have a Cyber Camp. For 30 minutes, I would reserve the public computers and headphones. One week we watched children music videos on YouTube. A couple of times, we visited the electronic resources Pebble Go and Tumble Book Library on the Library’s website. I showed them how to use the printer, and we printed activity sheets. Schreiber Public Library has a subscription to Brainspace magazine. It includes a free App called Layar, where you can scan the page and discover interactive content. The information on the page turns to video on your iPad! The content is usually for children ages 8 to14. I brought in my iPad and showed it to the Readers Roost children. Each week we visited different websites and explored different technologies. During one session we listened to Robert Munsch books on CD and visited the “The Official Website of Robert Munsch”. In the Contact section, we sent a message to Robert Munsch! Throughout the six-week program, the children had a lot of fun while learning. The program with the Cyber Camps was very successful, uniting the traditional Story Hour and technology.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Throughout my time working at the library I think I would have to say my greatest success was when I put on the Halloween Craft. Quite a few kids showed up, which was pretty surprising because there aren't very many kids here. We made paper plate masks and haunted houses. I think the kids had a good time and so did I.
Shaelin Mills – Youth Intern Wawa Public Library - Wawa Public Library Network 2
So far, the most fulfilling moment of this job is when I did a CyberCamp for Remembrance Day. On the first day we watched some YouTube videos explaining the significance of the poppy and then did a craft. But what stuck with me was the second day. After contacting the legion in my town I was given a list of local names and addresses for active military workers or veterans. So for the second day, the kids were able to write letters to all of the veterans and some of them have written back!
Adrienne Fisher – Youth Intern Organization for Literacy in Lambton - Organization for Literacy in Lambton Network 15
At the Organization for Literacy in Sarnia Lambton I run tutoring groups for children grades 1-7 called Skill & Drill. We work on both language skills and math. For one of the language sessions I taught a little lesson on cyberbullying. We discussed what cyberbullying was, how it affects us, and what the possible consequences are. Some of the students even shared their own accounts of cyberbullying. It was unfortunate to hear that some of my students had experienced this type of bullying, but this also reassured to me how important it was to be discussing the topic. After this discussion we made up anti cyberbullying posters. The students really enjoyed this activity and made some beautiful posters. The students who had experienced cyberbullying in some way were especially passionate about the activity. I believe it is extremely important to talk to students about cyberbullying today, even from a young age. Discussion leads to prevention.
My success story of the week is gaining a young grade 5 patron as a student for one-on-one computer lessons! His school offers no computer class until grade 7 and his mother wants him to learn the basics about internet safety, computers, typing and proper posture.
My success story would be the upcoming cake decorating CyberCamp I have planned. I have had a lot of interest and enthusiasm about this. The registration filled up overnight, and plenty of children are excited and telling me they wish it would come faster. While planning this, I was searching for safe sites for children to look at creative but simple ways to decorate their cakes and came up with an idea. I figured a safe way would be to have the children go to our branch’s Pinterest page and look at a board I had created just for this CyberCamp.
Today I held the Music CyberCamp in Straffordville here and had four girls show up. We used my guitar and the girls, after being on the computer working on music-focused sites, wrote a song for us to play on the guitar. It went really well and the girls enjoyed it!
Lisa Williams – Youth Intern Boys and Girls Club of Peel - Colonial Terrace Network 9
We had an increase of participants in the CAP program, which was delightful. As always the kids are excited to learn and explore with the computers. I have observed a lot of progress in each child in regards to the use application. The kids are applying what they have learned and are enthused in helping each other. A highlight and something the kids have been working on is making Christmas cards for their family and friends!
Samantha Fischer – Youth Intern Boys & Girls Club of London - Boys & Girls Club of London Network 13
I have helped children navigate the internet, search for different sites, and improve their spelling. I feel that I have had an impact on the community with getting to know each child that I work with and getting to connect with them on a personal level.
Justin DiPersio – Youth Intern Powassan & District Union Public Library - Powassan & District Union Public Library Network 3
Our Lego Club has turned from a small group into a handful of children very quickly. In such a small town like Powassan, there’s not really a lot to do; our Lego Club gives children a way to socialize with others from around the town while flexing their creative minds. At such a young age it’s essential for them to get their energy out, and other than the Lego Club, Powassan doesn’t really have much to offer for that. The Lego club in Powassan is growing at a fast pace and all the kids seem to love it. We’ve just recently introduced, “LegoBucks,” which are like a currency just for the kids ranging anywhere from $1.00 - $10.00. The children earn their currency from either completing or winning challenges, being helpful, and doing exceptional jobs.
Heather Blonde – Youth Intern Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club Inc. - Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club Network 9
In the computer room, we want to be able to teach the children different programs and educate them on computers. However, it has been a struggle as they want to play games and go on facebook. Recently, we started running a positive rewards program in the computer room. This includes things such as helping cleaning up, being kind, and most importantly participating in the website/computer program of the week. Our staff that is in the access site researches different sites to use each week, and the kids have enjoyed making their own website, creating video games, and designing pokemon cards. For each activity they do and positive behavior they receive tickets. The tickets can later be redeemed for small prizes or extra computer time! They’ve responded well and absolutely love the concept!
Julie Gervais – Youth Intern Chapleau Public Library - Chapleau Public Library Network 2
We are planning a "Santa letter workshop" for the kids. What this consists of is having the kids over at the library one afternoon. During that afternoon, they will write letters to Santa and have access to our help. We will then have a snack and crafts.