Seeking Energetic Creatives to Mentor our Clubhouse Members across fields of Art, Design, Film, Animation, Engineering, Robotics, Coding, Music, Electronics, Science & Math. This opportunity suits student volunteers or students enrolled in SOY10105, HLT10595, and COM30001.
Time required: 3 hours per week
Duration: Not yet defined
Requires face to face contact: Yes
The Youth Connections Clubhouse is a program of Social Futures and The Clubhouse Network, a Global Community for Creativity & Achievement, a program of the Boston Museum of Science with support from the MIT Media Lab.
● The Clubhouse is a FREE, creative and safe out-of-school Tech Space for young people aged 12 - 18 years, open for drop-in from 3.30pm to 6.00pm Monday to Friday during School Term.
● We offer supported volunteer positions to Mentor youth in the use of Creative Technologies. These positions are for a minimum of 3 hours per week, 1-2 days p/week for a semester (or by arrangement).
● Up to 10 Positions Available, ideally suited to (but not limited to) SCU Students enrolled in education studies, social & youth work, technology IT and science fields or digital and creative media.
● Through The Clubhouse youth are mentored to develop their passions through projects that inspire self-expression and technological know-how. The Clubhouse learning approach is designed to empower youth from all backgrounds to become more capable, creative, and confident learners. It leverages new technologies to support new types of learning experiences via involvement in meaningful projects.
● Mentors will have the opportunity to pursue their own learning plan, spark, facilitate and collaborate on projects with Members & develop skills and awareness of the issues impacting youth development.
Mentors will work within The Clubhouse learning model towards the following outcomes:
○ Learning by Designing: People learn best when they are actively engaged in designing, creating and inventing, not just passively receiving information.
○ Following Your Interests: When people care about what they are working on, they are willing to work longer and harder, and they learn more in the process.
○ Fostering Respect and Trust: In places where everyone's ideas and opinions are respected, people are more likely to take risks and experiment - and thus more likely to learn and innovate.
○ Building a Community: When people collaborate with others of diverse ages, cultures, genders, and backgrounds, they gain new perspectives for understanding the world - and themselves.
● Mentors help to support, inspire and engage our Members, contributing their time and individual skills to provide valuable learning opportunities through shared experiences.
● The Clubhouse Mission is to provide a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people from under-served communities work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.
● Share your specialist skills and knowledge with young people in our local community. Inspire and motivate our young people to think about STEM career opportunities.
The Clubhouse offers both formal Student placement and Voluntary placement opportunities through Social Futures that align to add value to SCU courses of study.
● ‘Training in Clubhouse model”, and / or student placements will be supported to reach their identified learning outcomes in a model of Mentoring unique to The Clubhouse Network, learning through participation in a program with over 20 years of research and development supported By Boston Museum of Science and the MIT Media Lab. All mentors and student placements will be supervised.
● Students will gain valuable experience working with young people within the Clubhouse which is a program of Social Futures Community Family and Youth Branch, a not-for-profit social justice organisation.
● Promotion of The Clubhouse Mentoring program through Faculty and Clubs.
● Opportunities to present and pitch Mentoring position to Faculty Staff & Students.
● Support with SCU Student placement requirements such as learning plans and feedback processes and timelines.
● The Clubhouse provides a formal Letter of Placement, and a supervised and supportive learning opportunity.
● Cost associated with National Police Checks.
Students receive a Mentoring Handbook provide by The Clubhouse Network. Access to technology resources, computers, software, program and project plans, opportunities to engage youth.
● On completion, if required as part of your placement acknowledgement of volunteer hours donated, or a verbal reference for volunteers, along with a certificate of gratitude.