Learning and staying connected shouldn’t have to stop during difficult times. That’s why Canadian nonprofits like TakingITGlobal have joined RBC Future Launch at Home to provide free online resources that promote wellbeing and help young people get through the pandemic, together.
To learn more, and for a complete list of available resources, please visit: rbc.com/futurelaunchathome.
From learning Photoshop skills to navigating your career path amidst a world of uncertainty, the digital world can be a place you can connect with others and learn new skills — all while practicing physical distancing.
To take part in these workshops, and many more virtual programs designed to keep you connected and empowered during COVID-19, just visit the RBC Future Launch at Home page.
TakingITGlobal: Helping Youth Stay Creative & Connected
1. Create to Learn @ Home: Digital Skills and Cultural Tutorials
Acting, painting, and filmmaking. Learning how to use Photoshop, bead moccasins, and the art of songwriting — whatever it is you’ve always wanted to gain digital skills and cultural teachings in, you can probably find video tutorials for it in the Create to Learn @ Home app. Hosted by an engaging group of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit experts, there are now more than 150 videos available.
2. Future Pathways: Fireside Chats: Explore the journeys of Indigenous role models
These warm, 20-minute conversations with Indigenous role models involve real conversations about life paths, career paths, and how to cope when faced with the uncertainty of a global pandemic.
“Our team developed this inspirational channel of content,” says Michael Furdyk, Co-founder & Director of Innovation, TakingITGlobal, “as an antidote to the way in which “social, print, and TV media is filled with often negative and overwhelming information about COVID-19.”
In response to a Fireside Chats video, one Indigenous youth said, “It’s nice to hear from other Indigenous youth who are also struggling. It makes us feel like it’s okay to be struggling during this time.”
Tip: You’ll definitely want to hear Winnipeg director and skateboarder Hanwakan Blaikie Whitecloud‘s uplifting thoughts on having a hard time with bullying in high school.
3. Connected North @ Home: Virtual Field Trips across Turtle Island
TakingITGlobal’s Connected North program serves more than 70 schools in remote Indigenous communities with engaging daily video lessons powered by Cisco’s TelePresence technology. When COVID-19 hit and schools closed, they launched Connected North @ Home to deliver interactive experiences to students at home with WebEx.
More than 140 archived sessions are available to watch, from tours around aquariums to learning about the solar system with an Indigenous astrophysicist. Connexions Nord à la maison also offers 48 French experiences. This summer, the program is keeping learning going with weekly Connected North @ Home Adventures!
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