Volunteer as a mentor & support CoderDojoTo

Current Volunteer Opportunities at CoderDojo Toronto:

Awesome Mentor

Curriculum Content Contributor (C3)

 

Other Ways To Get Involved:

 

FAQ’s for Mentors & Volunteers:

How long does each volunteer shift last for?
We currently have one event per month, each volunteer shift lasts roughly 3 hours.

Volunteer explaining code at CoderDojo TorontoWhat skills are required to be a mentor?

If you haven’t tried it, the following two resources will give you a good start:

Creative Computing is an approach to learning how to be creative with computers, and is aimed at ages 8 – 12. Often, kids don’t know anything about coding, and we start them off with Scratch. This folder has 2 PDFs: the approx 50 page teaching guide, to a whopping 192 page workbook. Note: We have not printed this off yet, save the first 3 exercises which are how to sign up, and very basic walk getting starting hints.

Our Basic Game in Scratch exercise is delivered at all special events and is offered to first time students at the Dojo.

As students skills grow we have HTML, Python, and Arduino exercises printed on-hand. Coders who have worked with common languages are well equipped to handle most scenarios – though there have been a handful of kids who were already better coders than most. 🙂

What can I expect when I show up for the first time?

Show up 10 minutes early to look over the resources, and be able to speak to organizers before the rush.Things can get a bit nutty at the start of the event. In general, mentors and kids are paired to match the available mentor to student ratio. Each kid is unique, and you will be working with their strengths and weaknesses. Help them work through the resources, help them troubleshoot, and give them ideas and motivation – teach them to express their creativity with computers. 

Children's Literary Festival hosted Bi-annually by Toronto Public Library. This year held at Toronto Harbourfront, Queens Quay. With various Childrens authors, illustrators, and musical talent.I enjoy volunteering at CDT and want to know, how can I become more involved?

We encourage you to continue to volunteer at our monthly events and will let you know of any new and exciting events in the near future.  Fill out our session survey to give us your input on how the session went or any ideas you may have, join our Slack Group to get more closely involved with what is happening.

Can I bring a friend with me for my volunteer shift?

The more the merrier! We encourage everyone to register as a volunteer, but we’re also happy to have people show up on the day of the event to register.

What if I can’t attend the sessions, but still want to help?

We also need web content editors, curriculum developers, social media marketing, food, – you name it. This is a volunteer organization. If you have some tricks up your sleeve that you believe to be useful, let us know.

Can I still volunteer if I have no coding experience?

Yes! If your skills are more suited to greeting students, taking photos, or making sure snacks and coffee are available there is plenty to do. We also need web content editors, curriculum developers


img_0630Tips for mentors – the goal is simply to inspire them and teach them how to think about creating using code. Make it fun!

Though there is no need to prepare, keeners may want to look at the  Github profile for an overview of all our material.

https://github.com/CoderDojoTo/lessons

– Ask about their interests
– Integrate things they like (music, sports, animals…)
– Encourage them to put their thoughts on paper
– Show them resources to help them continue learning
– Don’t be afraid to get distracted

As the dojo is volunteer run it is hard to be exact in student:mentor ratios, but try to focus on 1 or 2 students only. It helps build connection and trust. If you can get them to work together – that’s ideal.