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North Oakville - Working With My Mentor

Updated: Aug 14, 2020

By Caroline, Youth Volunteer

Originally Published in the 2019 - April 11 NOYDC Meeting Updates - eNewsletter

North Oakville Youth Development Council volunteer Caroline volunteering at the NOYDC BBQ.
Caroline hard at work during the NOYDC BBQ.

One of the NOYDC's youth volunteers, Caroline, has agreed to oversee our social media in order to build our online audience and share information about the NOYDC. This was also an opportunity for the youth volunteer to build a relationship with an adult mentor, Patricia Howell-Blackmore, who is the communications person for the OKN youth initiative. Caroline has done a fantastic job so far, promoting our 'Piece Our Neighbourhood Together' and 'National Youth Week' events.

"Being selected to do the social media piece for our upcoming National Youth Week event was a whole new experience for me and I was nervous at the beginning. Don’t get me wrong, I have Instagram, but this role has led me to learn new things that I wouldn’t have been able to do without guidance from my adult ally. For instance, I didn’t know that Twitter is geared towards adults more and Instagram is mainly for the youth in the community. I learned that the smallest things can grab peoples attention and make them want to read what you have to say, like dancing hot dogs:) Having an adult ally assist you is amazing, as we put our ideas together in order to be successful. There is both a youth and an adult perspective, which has significantly helped promote our upcoming BBQ to both of the audiences. As I continue to run the social media, I hope to learn more about the good impact social media can have, as it has many negative aspects. I also want to learn other ways to promote things, grab peoples attention and especially gain followers, as NOYDC wishes to build their social media platform further."

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