Recap of the Youth Event Working Group Checkin Chat | Friday 24 July 2020

Attending: @sunsand187 @danilong @kdrewien @carike


We Covered

  1. Updates from volunteers.
  2. Goals for the Year
  3. Needs of the Group
  4. Open Floor

Updates from Volunteers

Sandy: So far this year we have been brainstorming what we can do to create a youth platform for online events/async events

Goals for the Year

Our biggest goal this year is to create an online forum/platform that videos can live on for async learning. We also want to create documentation for first time camp leaders to have an easy way to spin up their youth events. We created the handbook last year for KidsCamps but we still need one for Teen events.

Dani: HIGH SCHOOL participants – consider working with school districts to show how an event might work meet state standards so students can earn credit for participating. Enlisting teachers in the arts, language arts, and computer science to review sessions/workshops and help define how they meet standards would be one way. (I used to teach and am thinking how this can help students who want to meet graduation credit requirements). If a series of async sessions were put together to teach HS students now to create a site, edit and add photos, write a blog and learn CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. to style it – playlists could be created that enable students to demonstrate competencies and thus submit a request for credit from their school. Getting into some of the CSS and PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. coding = Computer Science. Writing/blogging = English Language Arts. Photography, Digital Art, Blogging to show other manual arts = Arts, Woodshop, Metalshop, FACS (Family & Consumer Sciences [Home Ec to us ancient ones]).

Needs of the Group

There are a few things this group will need to be successful this year. Anyone who has these skills and is looking to contribute in a new way we would appreciate joining the team.

  • Research – laws surrounding minors at events globally
  • Writing – arts and crafts documentation, WordPress basics documentation, Parental Resources Documents
  • Video Creation – how to videos for WordPress, how to videos for Parents to get involved with their kids, Encouraging Videos
  • Editing – grammar, spell check, and general flow proof readers/editors

Dani: “One thing that is really critical is background checks. I’ve been a Girl Scout leader, a FRST Robotics leader, a 4H leader, a Trout Unlimited board member and a parent on field trips –> ANYONE interacting with minors MUST submit paperwork for a background check AND THE BACKGROUND CHECK MUST BE CARRIED OUT.

With respect to asynch/videos – I think shorter, small bites and a variety of playlists is a more manageable way to develop this, both from the point of view of creating them and consuming them.

Also, maybe there could be a color coding and intro/outro system to help categorize:

  1. Age group the video is directed towards  (Younger Elementary, Older Elementary, Middle, High)
  2. Topic (hmmmm…. Creating a site, CSS, PHP (Coding is the bomb!), Adding Images, Writing, Connecting a site to social media…)

By setting up a system that color codes by age group, playlists can be created for specific purposes to make the ‘small bites’ into more comprehensive units.”

Open Floor Discussion

This is when I would normally open the floor to others, but it looks like I am the only one here today. Please reply to this with any thoughts or post on the P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at on Monday. Happy to answer any questions. One thing to keep in mind is that this group does NOT work with the kids directly, but rather creates resources and support for those that do.

No additional Comments were made during this time.

Project Management Information

So I know a lot of people expressed interest but not everyone made it to todays meeting. I am sure more people will be getting involved over time. I did create a TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the team uses for example: Board so that we have some jumping off points for anyone to just dive in and start on micro pieces.


Next Meeting is Friday, 07 August 2020, 1400 UTC/ 10am EST. This chat will occur in the Make WordPress Community-Team SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel.

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