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OurKidsCode is seeking expressions of interest from suitable candidates for training to become a volunteer OurKidsCode Club Champion.

What is OurKidsCode?

OurKidsCode supports parents/guardians who wish to engage their primary-school children’s interest and activity in computing.  Our programme consists of a series of workshops where small groups of families meet locally and complete four two-hour workshops, usually once a week over a four-week period.  After this, the families have the option to continue to meet as an OurKidsCode club.

Why should I become an OurKidsCode Champion?

An OurKidsCode champion acts locally to organise families with primary-school children to get together and follow our programme.  In some cases, two or more friends in a local community join up to work together to make this happen.

Everyone who becomes an OurKidsCode Champion is providing families with an incredible opportunity to create something cool with creative computing projects.  Our volunteers have said that bringing OurKidsCode to their local community has been a great way to give back and to meet other parents who share their interest in supporting and developing their child’s interest in computing. 

Being involved with OurKidsCode also helps you to develop your organisational, team-building, youth work, and mentoring skills. You will  have access to learning and organisational resources to help you each step of the way, as well as opportunities to get involved in fun activities, initiatives, and events.

Many people also join OurKidsCode to be part of a growing network and community with family learning and fun at its core. 

All OurKidsCode volunteers will be subject to garda vetting by Trinity College Dublin in line with our Child Safeguarding Policy.

What is involved?

There are very limited places available for our training which will equip you to run an OurKidsCode programme in your local community.  Training will take place between February and June 2023. Training will be held online and there will be one in-person day required.  The in-person training will be available  in locations around Ireland (subject to demand).

Time commitment

There are four sessions to attend to complete this training.  All dates will be confirmed by location however we anticipate Monday evenings 7-8.30pm (online x 3 sessions) plus one Saturday (10-4pm) will be required to complete the training. 

Part 1 – Introduction to OurKidsCode – online

Part 2 – Experiencing the activity – in-person

Part 3 – Families reaction and organiser’s evaluation – online

Part 4 – Getting started in your local area – online 

Cost

This training is offered at no cost to you.  The places are funded by Trinity College Dublin, Science Foundation Ireland and The Department of Rural and Community Development.

Please note – each candidate who completes the training  will be required to organise the running of one OurKidsCode programme in their local community in 2023.  Please only apply if you have the capacity to deliver on this requirement.

If you are interested please complete an expression of interest form.  Only suitable candidates will be invited to attend the training.  We anticipate a huge amount of interest in this training, further details will be sent to applicants in due course, however we regret that we may not be able to respond to all queries at this time.

LINK TO EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM