[hackerspaces] Working with youth from outside a makerspace

Arclight arclight at gmail.com
Mon Aug 31 22:02:05 CEST 2015

When we do youth stuff, one or more parents are always there looking
after them and helping out. I think the general requirements are
different if people are dropping their kids off and leaving like a

On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 11:53 AM, Shirley Hicks
<shirley at velochicdesign.com> wrote:
> Good afternoon everyone,
> Our makerspace in Birmingham, AL is going to be working with local high school students over the next six weeks as they prepare their entry in the local BEST robotics competition. I’m meeting with the teacher leading the program this afternoon.
> This is our first “giving back” to our greater community. Our space is located in a "high-needs" neighborhood. We’re also starting to detail what our best practices need to be with regards to adults working with teens. The one that I need more information about/examples of are ground rules for adults who are working with youth as to what is acceptable and and unacceptable behavior, and how to handle any required background checks?
> I’m also still learning the US accepted practices in this area (am a transplanted Canadian).
> What have different groups put in place and do you have links to what you’ve done?
> I know that this came up earlier in the year.
> Thanks!
> Shirley Hicks
> Secretary/Business Admin/Programmer/Maker
> Red Mountain Makers
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