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Monday January 26th, 2015

Posted at 7:32pm

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The Woodslee Community Center received a $10,000 Community Builder grant to help fund their Advancing Together leadership program.

“Technology advancements over the years have been so rapid to the point that what seems basic to youth can be rather overwhelming to generations older than theirs,” says program manager Patrik O’Brien. “This program will help the youth become leaders and assist those in the community in using the technology at our fingertips to benefit every day activities.”

Monies from the Libro grant will be used to purchase 20 Chromebooks and a charging cart. Students at St. John the Evangelist will participate in a leadership program at the Community Center and under the direction of the Program Manager, will work together to deliver a series of workshops to the community. They will be using the Chromebooks as a learning tool and for use of workshops.

The Advancing Together program will unite the community center, school and community as the project encompasses all aspects of the community involvement. The youth will learn acceptance of the differences between age groups and grow in an understanding of others through friendships, reading, research and training together. Once students appreciate these differences in others they will seek to learn from those who are different than them. This will help the youth develop leadership skills that will aid them in becoming community leaders.

“This is our chance to help those in our community learn leadership, technology, and co-operative work that together will build on essential skills that will accompany them for the rest of their lives,” says O’Brien. “The workshops that will be offered could include creating and sending emails, social media 101 and editing photos.”

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