Teen Tech Lab Guide

Overview

Volunteers help in a creative technology space at New Central Library. Volunteers share their own expertise through one-on-one or small group mentoring for teens (ages 13-17).

This space supports connected, social learning and is guided by the HOMAGO model (Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out) developed by Dr. Mizuko Ito. An evidence-based approach incorporates research on teen development and learning, and best practices developed by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and its partners.

The technology in the room — ranging from sewing machines to robots — is there to support teens' innate creativity and can be used in many ways. The volunteer role is to inspire and engage, and to give teens a positive adult role model — someone who cares about them and what they're interested in, and is always willing to lend a hand. The volunteer’s own creative or technology skills are a foundation to build from, but they will find themselves doing a wide variety of activities in this role.

Program Goals

  • Support positive youth development
  • Help teens build technology and creative skills using an evidence-based approach
  • Position the New Central Library as a destination space for teens
  • Increase awareness and use of library resources, services, and programs

Length

Fall / Winter / Spring / Summer
Up to three-hour shifts

Volunteer Qualifications

  • Comfortable and enthusiastic about working with teens
  • Comfortable working in a busy, unstructured environment
  • Curiosity and flexibility are key traits — volunteers don’t have to know everything, but willing to figure it out with teens
  • Creativity or technology skills
  • Able to work independently and with a small team of peers
  • Fluent in English
  • Friendly personality
  • Enjoys learning new things and sharing their knowledge

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Attend an orientation and training session
  • Inspire and engage teens in the Teen Tech Lab space
  • Demonstrate and encourage teens using the equipment and materials available in the space using your own creative or technology skills as a foundation
  • Bring your own project to work on during slower times
  • Be a positive adult role model
  • Interact with stakeholders in a friendly and respectful manner
  • Abide by the Volunteer Standards of Conduct

Training

On-site orientation/training session provided by community library staff

Benefits

  • Develop interpersonal, leadership, problem-solving, communication, and time management skills
  • Gain experience in facilitation
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun and contribute to your community

Help Needed

New Central Library

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Contact

Maja Milavic
maja.milavic@calgarylibrary.ca
403.260-2648

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