Another quick question about youth.
Have any of you had success including youth in your boards/committees?
If so, how did you do it?
We've had some success here in Ottawa but I'd love to learn more.
We have two people in their 20s on our Board and one is also on our
outreach/publicity team. Plus a teenager on our outreach team. All of
those were direct asks to those individuals, inviting them to get involved.
We created a 'youth' position on our Board many years ago and that's what
got the ball rolling.
I do find that a few of our youth volunteers aren't super reliable on tasks
(even well defined ones) but that can happen with older volunteers too and
I try to remember what I was like as a teenager. :)
Anyway - would love your thoughts!
Hi all :)
In case you're interested, the CDSS youth involvement web chat from last
Wednesday is now online here:
Have any of you held 'work days'???
Lisa and Clara mentioned that youth really like coming together for their
'work days' (they have free pizza!) ... ... ... I was thinking this could
be fun here in Ottawa. However, we don't have a hall or that much equipment
to maintain. So I was wondering about something like a promo work party??
Have an afternoon and evening before the season starts where a bunch of us
get together with our computers and prep all sorts of promo stuff (e.g.,
online calendar postings, news articles, etc).
I find that it's hard for only 1-2 of us to do that work by ourselves...
... it's just so much. So having a party and share the workload in a fun
way sounds great.
Plus with youth 'living the online life', they might really enjoy working
on the social media stuff etc.
Crazy idea??? ???
Hey Shared Weight organizers,
The Belfast Flying Shoes made was I think is a REALLY cool "By the Numbers"
summary of their 13th year (... it was sent out in December).
I asked Chrissy Fowler if I could share it here and she said sure.
So here it is:
I'd love to try something like this at our local dance here in Ottawa.
Seems like a great idea to dancers an idea of what has been happening with
the organization (and all the work by the organizers). ... .... could also
feed into a request for donations too I guess!
Anyone else do something like this?
And does anyone know of free/cheap graphic software to make images like
Anyway... just wanted to share as it seemed so cool.
Hello Contra Dancers:
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They would like to gather information from as many dancers around the
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of contra dancers in different parts of the country. They would greatly
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This survey is anonymous, and will only take a few minutes to fill out.
Please click on the link below to take this survey.
Contra Dance Survey
- Copy and paste the following address into your browser:
Jonathan Sivier and Jan Buhrmann
Jonathan Sivier, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
jsivier(a)illinois.edu / 217-359-8225
Jan Buhrmann, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, Illinois College
jbuhrman(a)ic.edu / 303-503-0858