Ca.pture Facilitation Guide
Created by: Hive Toronto
The Ca.pture Project is supported by a grant from the Canadian Internet Registry Authrority (CIRA) Community Investment Program. CIRA’s Community Investment Program gives back by supporting initiatives and programs that help build a better online Canada.
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- Introduction to Thimble and basic code knowledge
- Creating safer spaces in formal and informal education settings to have conversations about cyberviolence
- Developing youth-centered self care practice
- Youth-driven program design which can be remixed to address a variety of issues in a commuity
- Age range: 13-18 years old
- Chart paper
- Dot stickers
1. What is the Ca.pture Project?
With the support of the Canadian Internet Registry Agency's Community Investment Program, Hive Toronto launched the Ca.pture Project, a youth-driven, digital storytelling program for educators designed to share the stories from our city using multiple lenses: survivor, bully, witness, and intervenor. Unique to the the project, Ca.pture utilizes youth at every tier of it's program.
The Ca.pture project is designed to support youth and educators in building safe spaces for dialogue about the effects of cyberbullying. Led by the Ca.pture Youth Council from across Toronto in partnership with Hive Toronto educators and community facilitators, The Ca.pture Project focuses on developing resources, a curriculum and a digital platform to share youth stories of cyberbullying.
The Ca.pture Project model utilizes 3 areas of programming to ensure the elevation of youth voices of cyberbullying and development of a variety of skills; program design, facilitation and code education.
- Building a Youth Council: Partnering with youth-serving community organizations representing 4 different Toronto neighbourhoods, we assembled a group of youth ranging from 13-18 to form a Youth Council who assume the role program co-designers and youth facilitators.
- Open-Source Community Incubation: Using open–source web tools such as Thimble, the Ca.pture youth council design and create a 3-day workshop series and facilitation resource to share the stories of Greater Toronto Area teens and how to build safer spaces in the community
- Youth to Educator Training: Youth facilitators and community partners create space for educators from the community are invited to learn from the youth how to create dialogue about safe use of the web.
The Ca.pture Project officially launched in October 2016. Over a 10 month period, Hive Toronto and its community partners have implemented the Ca.pture Project in four phases:
- Community Partnership Building and Youth Council Development: Over a period of 5 months, Hive Toronto in partnership with YWCA Toronto and Youth Empowering Parents (YEP) worked towards a barrier-free youth council application that would allow young people from across the city of Toronto to join the project. All successful youth applicants were asked to make a committment of attending four program design sessions and one facilitation training session. Transportation and lunch were provided during each session to ensure continued youth engagement.
- Program Co-Design with Youth Council: All program co-design sessions were held on Saturdays to ensure youth council members could attend regularly. Each session began with a committment to collaborative safe space facilitated by youth and community partners. Each council member actively contibuted a desciption of a positive quality or affirmation that they want emulated by peers in the group.
Community Implementation: In the third phase of the Ca.pture Project, the youth council were given agency to lead their own workshop series with their peers. This component was designed to allow youth to take what they learnt from the Capture Youth Council Co-Design sessions and teach it back out to other youth. Together with community partners and the youth council, 20+ youth from different communities were brought together in a shared interest of learning to code and share their stories of cyberbullying.
- Educator Training and Evaluation: In the final stage of the Ca.pture Project, local educators, youth leaders and other trusted adults, were asked to attend a session on what the Youth Council have learned about cyberbullying, building safe space, sharing stories, facilitating peer-to-peer workshops, building a personal narrative and coding for social change. This was designed to allow youth to inform educators, reversing the top-down system of education in acknowledging the need to involve youth at every stage in cyberbullying conversations.
2. Building the Ca.pture Youth Council
A pillar of the Ca.pture Project is to amplify the youth voice in the creation of safe spaces in formal and informal learning space to discuss cyberbullying. To ensure that a youth council would be inclusive to all young people, Hive Toronto, YWCA Toronto and Youth Empowering Parents actively outreached to their communities to recruit youth who would want to contribute to the project and gain valuable leadership, facilitation and code education experiencde.
Project facilitators, YWCA Toronto, YEP and Hive Toronto began outreach in October 2017, creating both online and physical forms for youth to apply to be part of the Youth Council. In this form, youth explained their interest and commitment to advocating for a safer web community and better dialogue involving young people and cyberbullying.
Benefits offered to the youth council included an honorarium gift card, a letter of recommendation from Mozilla and the opportunity to create workshops and tools on cyberbullying. In addition, all food and transportation was provided. This was important to ensure we eliminated enough barriers to allow a diverse group of youth to be able to apply and participate in the project. Capture youth council was created with 12-14 youth participants.
Each youth council member committed to attending 4-5 full day program design sessions where they would work with facilitators to design a workshop series and accompanying facilitation guide focused on better dialogue between adults and youth on cyberbullying and creating a space where youth could share their own stories.
To help facilitate the building of your own youth council, please find the following documentation and blogposts created by Hive Toronto and the Ca.pture Youth Council:
3. Open-Source Community Incubation
The second phase of the Ca.pture Project focused on equipping the youth council with the fundamental knowledge to write code and share their own stories of cyberbullying through various lenses; bully, victim, intervenor and witness.
In building the Ca.pture Project, it was essential that youth could develop and strengthen key web literacy skills including coding. To ensure we take into account different levels of code knowledge the Ca.pture Project focuses on establishing foundational code education skills and practices.
4. Youth to Community Training
In the second phase of the Capture Project, youth were able to lead their own workshop series with peers from their community. This component was designed to allow youth to take what they learnt from the Capture Youth Council Co-Design sessions and teach it back out to other youth.
Together with community partners and the youth council, 20+ youth from different communities were brought together in a shared interest of learning to code for social change. During the March Break camp youth facilitators led workshops on safe space, self care, collective definition of cyberbullying, how to share a personal narrative and how to code with Thimble.
The Ca.pture Educator Workshop was the final stage of the Ca.pture Project, we welcome educators, teacher candidates and community members to learn from the Ca.pture Youth Council about cyberbullying, building safe spaces, and coding for social change.
In this workshop, youth in collaboration with YWCA Toronto, Youth Empowering Parenrs and Hive Toronto shared the Ca.pture curriculum, from discussion of safe space and cyberbullying to leading an exercise in sharing and coding an educator perspective story. The educator workshop gave youth the opportunity to work with community members and educators to advocate for a better and safer space to deal with and combat electronic bullying.
5. Workshop Breakdowns
The following breakdown represents a workshop that can be run as a 1/2 day to full day. These workshops have been created to be led in order.