As part of our coursework this term we were required to design, set up and mount a personal website that reflected an issue that we were exploring in our plenary session. My website is called Youth YYC and I chose to create a website that connected youth in Calgary to the community for the following reasons:
Firstly, I wanted to share some of the great resources I collected while attending the GEOEC (Global, Environment & Outdoor Education Council) Conference in 2010 on Creating a Legacy. This international symposium on global citizenship focussed on how our education system prepares students to live peacefully and responsibly in an interconnected and sustainable world.
Secondly, my parents were powerful role models with respect to volunteerism and civic engagement, and I learned first hand, the importance of giving back to your community. Many youth care about local and global issues and want to get involved, so through this website they can find out about some of the opportunities available for them to volunteer. I also had some great mentors as a youth who helped me to develop my leadership skills and encouraged me to become active in my school. There are many types of leaders in the world and as educators we must provide opportunities for youth to lead within their schools and community.
Finally, as a long time resident of Calgary, I wanted to provide information about some of the interesting (and perhaps, off-beat) events happening each month in the city for youth and families, and to highlight some of the great things that youth are doing to make this city a vibrant and exciting place to live.
Please share your resources and stories with me. Together will can empower youth to find their voice and take an active role in their community.
Created October 2012