I’m super excited to begin teaching and learning from my students!
The reason(s) why I have not posted to Ripples this past Monday/Tuesday is partly because, hey, it was Valentine’s Day and Ryan & I were both trying to enjoy a nice day off work despite both of us being sick. But the biggest reason I haven’t taken much time for Ripples is because tomorrow is the first day of my course, Capacity Building, with Youth Action for Change!
If you’ve never heard of YAC, please do check them out because they offer online courses on a wide variety of youth empowerment topics. I’ve already taken an online course through the Earth Charter called eGLO #3 “Global Learning Opportunity,” but this will be my first time teaching an online course. I’m a bit nervous and distracted, even thinking about it in my sleep to make sure the best possible curriculum is created for students’ benefit.
Here is the advertisement for the course created by YAC:
“This course is designed for young people aged 18-30 who are actively involved in making a difference in their communities, particularly those already running smallnon-profit organizations or community projects or intending to start one. The course will help students understand and analyze the capabilities andcapacities of their non-profit organizations or projects and identify gapsrelative to the capabilities needed to achieve their targeted goals. Studentswill then be guided to develop an action plan to improve theirorganization/project’s capabilities.
The course will be led by Amanda Bancroft an experienced youth volunteer who has served as a former Americorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America)volunteer, and built organizational capacity through grant writing, youth program development, website design, volunteer management, fundraising, and green job creation.
The course will be restricted to 40 participants chosen by application – preference isgiven to participants who are active in their communities and who intend to usethe course material to help them make a difference in their communities.Participants must be able to attend all sessions of the course and complete homework tasks inorder to obtain a certificate of completion. Participants must also haveregular internet access (at least 5 hours per week) to join course sessions. Students who may be disadvantaged are also encouraged to apply.”