Youth Event Working Group Chat/Office Hours Recap from April 9, 2020

You can follow along with the hours in chat here: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C02RQC7RN/p1586466443111000

We started office hours talking about an idea @chriscct7 had about doing a virtual KidsCamp in May. @michelebutcher-jones and @camikaos and I all chatted about what that would mean.

Michele noted that we might want to limit the age range to 10+ as 7-9 may have a more difficult time with being online for an extended time.

Cami mentioned that we can think outside our normal box on these events as we do not have to do things all in one day or one session or event. We can make it a mini series of sorts. Here’s her comments:

I think one of the most important things about implementing this will be giving the kids and their families solid expectations leading up to this. When Sandy and I discussed previously I said I’d like to see a “worksheet” checklist for kids to have completed before the event and some follow-up “worksheets”  for after.

5:21I also think that we might be thinking too much inside the box of what we normally do.

5:22ordinarily we have these kids for so many hours on one day in one place. Right now families are really looking for content to keep their kids engaged. Especially those who are not used to homeschooling and suddenly thrust into it.

5:22This could be something we do once a week for 90 minutes for a month and really give the kids an opportunity to learn and grow into it working at their own pace and meeting back each week

5:23anyone have any thoughts or feels on those ideas?

So we shifted to talking about creating videos or content to fill this need as a team. Each person could do what they do best to fill this void for parents and kids including: blog posts, videos, webinars, breakout sessions, etc.

Michele mentioned this looking kind of like a WP101 of video tutorials that are easier to digest. That way everything is in smaller more manageable bits of information for the parents and kids.

We discussed Michele looking into a partnership with 4-H to see about getting those kids on board to test it and/or use it as a class.

Let us know your thoughts, comments, and feelings about this topic. I know there are a lot of parents looking for wholesome creative things for their kiddos to do. This could be a solid path for that. Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.

And always feel free to reach out to @camikaos or myself ( @sunsand187 ) if you want to get involved with the Youth Working Group!

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