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That participation is foundational for the group, as its mandate is that the youth themselves decide how, when, and where they engage with their surroundings and peers, without having to fit into a pre-existing framework. “We roam,” Lori says, who meets with the youth in many different locations. “We want to make sure like kids feel like they’re a part of the broader community.” One of the group’s biggest pieces is what’s called the ‘Inspire Me’ initiative. “It allows youth to come forward with ideas and questions that allow them experiential opportunities,” Lori explains. This led, for example, to the gardening robot. “We learned so much about coding, electronics, and how to actually build something,” Lori says. But it only grew from there: the youth created the Full Steam Tech Club, which offers workshops to other youth on how to build small robots, how to program robotic kits, and how to make use of 3D printers. Most of all, it allows youth to step into leadership roles and teach other young people what they know.

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Profile for GO Kimberley magazine

GO Kimberley Magazine Issue 45  

Winter 2018

GO Kimberley Magazine Issue 45  

Winter 2018

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