WordCamp Youth and Teen Workshops What Too Bring in 2024

WordCamp Youth and Teen Workshops What Too Bring in 2024

William and Aida Jackson will be the teachers for the second year for the youth and teen workshop at WCEU 2024 and WC Managua WordPress Workshop for Youth and Teens 2024 in Nicaragua. Celebrating the second year of the workshop held on Contributor Day and inspiring the youngest of WordPress to Contribute and share their ideas in building WordPress across Europe and Central and South America. These are the times were youth and teens must
be mentored, inspired, educated and empowered.
If there are first time participants at the workshop attending from Africa, Europe, Canada, Italy or other African or European nations here are some suggestions for parents to prepare for any WordCamp Conference internationally. There are a few differences, but generally speaking this
information helps.

William and Aida were teachers at the WordCamp Europe 2023 Workshop for Kids & Teens Athens, Greece. Making history as the first married and people of color teaching in Europe to youth and teens from 10yrs to 16yrs. The event
was a wonderful success !! Thanks to the Organizing teams of 2024 for
inviting us to return and hopefully in 2025 as well.

Their experience ranges from 2018 to 2024, either teaching in-person, virtually or sponsoring youth and teens to attend the WordCamp near them. WordCamp Jacksonville, Florida, WC YYC, Calgary, Canada, WC Miami, Florida, WC Orlando, Florida, WC San Jose, Costa Rica, WC Managua, Nicaragua, WC Central America, and others across Africa, Europe, India, Taiwan, and Pakistan.
William and Aida are educators in public education and university and understand the value of learning outside of the classroom.

Since 2018 the married couple of educators, technologists and artists,
William (African American), WordPress.tv – Engage Yourself with WordPress.tv
Aida, Afro-Latino (Puerto Rican) WordPress.tv – Engage Yourself with WordPress.tv
have supported WordCamp conferences internationally by sponsoring, providing scholarships, funding over 500 youth, teens, students, and teachers to attend conferences to build digital skills and prepare for the changing job market.
2023 Sponsors of WordCamp Lahore
WordCamp Lahore 2023 with Kids  MetaverseWP sponsor of the youth and teens workshop for 2023!!! https://youtu.be/ZFGzqoS21lc
2023 Teachers for WordCamp San Jose with university students.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSD4VLhAUJE&t=6s&pp=ygUdV29yZENhbXAgU2FuIEpvc2UgQ29zdGEgUmljYSA%3D


WCEU 2023

They have been members of the WordPress / WordCamp communities
since 2010 and 2018 respectively. Educators and business owners with
World Metaverse Council, One Africa Forum, ED3 DAO, and the upcoming international DAF ‘24 Digital Arts Festival
(https://afrofuturismexperience.com) sponsors of multiple
technology events globally like the DAF ’24.

Serving on the Boad of Tristan’s Accelerated Academy
Tristan’s Acceleration Academy is coming soon (tristansacademy.com)
that contains the PEARLs Podcast building digital leaders in gifted and talented populations. The next generation of digital creatives, innovators, achievers, and influencers.
Even parents that are with their children have been engaged and learned valuable information WCEU 2023 Video
https://tinyurl.com/3cw6vnrw

The user experiences are valuable for the youth, teens and
adults that will be attending this year’s conference in Torino, Italy.
Their participation is just as important as their children’s, as technology
changes, the value and importance of technological evolution
influences WordPress. There is a need to be prepared with proper
hardware, software, apps, platforms, resources, and other digital items
to help exceed expectations. Items that are needed for any WordCamp
are suggested from William and Aida who have been educators in
public and higher education.


WCEU2023

WordCamp Europe Workshop can be found here with an amazing international team:
https://europe.wordcamp.org/2024/youth-and-teens-workshop/
The upcoming WordPress Youth Day 2024 that will be held in
Managua, Nicaragua also teaching will be William and Aida and the
Nicaraguan team.
https://events.wordpress.org/managua/2024/wordpress-youth-day/

Suggestions from the Teachers

1. Celebrate enthusiastic parents that are making the trip possible.
Since they are supporting the experiences, parents should be celebrated
and appreciated. Make sure you have all travel accommodations
scheduled ahead of time. Passports, birth certificates, social security
cards and all necessary traveling documents. Make sure you have
signed the media release forms. If you do not want your child’s picture
or video taken let the Organizers know ahead of time.

2. Functioning laptop or tablet that can access the wireless network
at the WC and have the necessary software. Speak to an organizer
or assistant if there are questions about access for connecting.

3. Software that is web enabled with updated browser(s) to
access the software that will be used for WordPress.com and
Internet searching. Be sure licensed software is updated and
ready to be used.

4. Power cables to keep the devices charged with no interruptions.
I bring a 6-port power strip to use and share (sharing is caring).
If you’re from the US, Canada or other nations be sure to have
several power adaptor plugs available. If your overseas be sure to
have a couple of power plug adaptors because American plugs are
not the same as European plugs.

5. If using a laptop have available a mouse that works and will
connect and configured to the device. Make sure your devices
are clean, nothing is more embarrassing than mustard, ketchup,
candy, and other stains on your devices in front of temporary
strangers.

6. Be sure to bring extra pencil, pens, notebook to take notes,
write down usernames and passwords to new software, passwords,
and other content.

7. Cleaning wipes to keep devices clean or clean up unexpected
spills.

8. Personal water bottle to drink from or to refill to stay hydrated.
Try not to drink sugary drinks or energy drinks they may spike sugar
levels and may cause physical discomfort during instruction.

9. Comfortable walking shoes with socks that give support, comfort,
and allow feet to breath and stretch. The venue is very large so be
prepared to walk to our room during Contributor Day.

10. Comfortable clothing that is not tight, constraining, allow the body
to move fluidly with comfort and ease. Sitting comfortably for several
hours.

11. If bringing a Smartphone make sure it is fully charged and
have the charger available. Check to see if Smartphone software is
current and updated.

12. Documentation with username and passwords for emails to
gain access for registering, verification for WordPress.com If already
have a WordPress.com account have a current Username & Password
written down. Do not rely on your memory only. There will be registration
for ReadyPlayer.me, Spatial.io to use with your email, do not use school
emails, create a Gmail account if you do not have one.

13. Small snacks to help feel refreshed and comfortable, but snacks
will be provided.

14. Personal medication that may be needed during workshop.
If you have allergies, headaches, migraines, sinus issues and for
girls check your personal schedule for that time of the month or
other person challenges. We want everyone to be comfortable and happy.

15. Parents or guardians contact information for emergencies.

16. Glasses, contacts, eye wear, jackets, or other clothing for the
conditions of the room.

17. Headphones for personal use during project development. Some
people like to listen to music or beats, not everyone is like this so
bring your headphones for privacy.

18. Enthusiasm and respect for what is being offered. This is a Workshop
not babysitting, if your child is under 15 parents must stay with their children.
If there are two parents, they can rotate during the workshop.

19. Respect all adults, they are volunteering their time to teach, support and
share experiences and knowledge. Parents will be contacted if children are
rude, disrespectful, or mean.

20. Respect others when asking question, respect the learning process and
have patience for those new to WordPress. Remember that everyone’s
experiences and knowledge are different.

21. Expect to see youth and teens of different colors, cultures, genders,
backgrounds. There will be no bullying, name calling, cultural, gender
disrespect. Keep hands and other body parts to yourself. Any potential
altercations parents will be requested to retrieve/remove their children
from the workshop.

22. Do not judge, stereotype, assume anything about anyone we are
all building community.

23. If there is a diagnose with a learning disability, challenge, or issue
you are still very much welcomed. Notify the Organizers ahead of time
for extra support or encouragement.

24. Be patient, be aware, be active, be engaged and be friendly.

25. Be ready to make friends even if you’re shy, take the opportunity
to come out of your shell.

26. Be reminded that there may be language differences and you may
have to use Google translate to assist when speaking and listening.

27. If you do not understand what the teacher is saying don’t feel bad
about asking them to repeat themselves.

28. Put your phone down or away, turn off the sound and focus on a
unique opportunity to learn.

29. Make sure you have all your medications that you need.

30. Have fun, make friends, be creative, innovative and
think out of the box.