Volunteers are the backbone of the CoderDojo movement. Without your support and efforts CoderDojo simply wouldn’t exist! To celebrate all those who give their time so that young people in their area can learn to be tech creators in a fun and inclusive space we are running Volunteer Appreciation Month.
Is there someone at your Dojo that gives it their all to encourage and support kids that you would like to nominate? We’d love to share your stories and reward those who go above and beyond to make your Dojo awesome for attendees!
Every week during the month of February we will randomly select a Dojo volunteer who regularly give their time to inspire youths in their local area and send them out a Volunteer Appreciation Package!
Tag @CoderDojo (or use #CoderDojoVolApp) on your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn posts about volunteers at your Dojo, telling us why you think they’re awesome! You can also send your stories, videos and photos to email@example.com
During February we will also be sharing:
resources to save you time
advice on how to recruit more volunteers for your Dojo
and if you’re not yet involved, the multitude of ways you can help!
The Champion of CoderDojo Valencia @Bernat-Llopis, has nominated @Loli-Iborra for volunteer appreciation month.
He noted how Loli is committed to the CoderDojo movement. In our dojo, she organizes the meetings, distributes resources and supports the group of ninjas and families who attend. Along with Bernat, she co-founded CoderDojo Valencia. She also mentors the AppInventor group and is a member of the CoderDojo Spain Association.
All ninjas know her and she is the reference point for families who come to her with any questions or to collaborate.
Como Champion de CoderDojo Valencia, quiero nominar a Loli Iborra.
Es una persona comprometida con el movimiento CoderDojo. En nuestro dojo, es quien organiza las sesiones, distribuye los grupos y atiende a ninjas y a familias. Junto a mi, fundó CoderDojo Valencia. Además es mentora en el grupo de AppInventor y vocal de la Asociación CoderDojo España. Todos los ninjas la conocen y es la referencia para las familias que acuden a ella para cualquier consulta o para colaborar.
@Christian-Vermeulen, a CoderDojo Volunteer, software developer & Chairman of @CoderDojo-Netherlands integrated the Community Platform with the CoderDojo NL website!
@Una has nominated Raj Hiremath from the great group of volunteers who have helped at the three CoderDojo clubs set up under Midlothian Coding Collective and also at the clubs run through Midlothian libraries!
Una has nominated Raj because he has put in a lot of time and produced various demos and example code using BBC Micro:Bits – On top of this he helps out at all three coding clubs and the library coding club!
Champion of CoderDojo LX @Manuel-Menezes-de-Sequeira tells us how he's volunteered with CoderDojo since 2013 and helped run 180 sessions at his local Dojo.
The first Volunteer who was randomly selected (from a plastic cup) from those above is... DrumRoll!!!!....
Well done Chris, and thanks for giving so much time to support the CoderDojo Community!
We will be selected another volunteer (who is nominated or puts themselves forward) each week for the month of Febuary, so be sure to share your volunteer stories, photos or videos with us via social media or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Anne sent us in an email nominating @Tom-Kelly of CoderDojo Arklow, Ireland for Volunteer Appreciation Month.
She noted how:
"Tom organises the meetings and is very good at teaching the children. Tom is very encouraging and knowledgeable.
My son Aaron gets a lot of enjoyment from Coderdojo and we really appreciate all Tom does. Tom is very deserving of an award."
Thanks Anne for sending those lovely words!
CoderDojo Valencia have been really sharing their Volunteer Appreciation this week both on Facebook and Twitter!
Thanks for showing how much you appriciate all those that help out at your Dojo! @Bernat-Llopis
Isabel and David are both mentors
Guillem mentors the Game Maker section of the Dojo
Celia Ruiz, mentors the Scratch table
Hector, mentors those using Arduino and robotics
Angeles Lorenzo, is an MIT App Inventor Mentor at their Dojo
Isabel, is a robotics mentor and helps the ninjas doing Scratch
Bernat Llopis is the Champion of CoderDojo Valencia. He also mentors at the Dojo.
Celia Ruiz, also mentors the Scratch
Donnadei of Canal Way Dojo in Dublin, Ireland have nominated Ignacio Calvo, a Software Engineering Lead who volunteers on Saturdays in the local primary school where the Dojo runs. He wrote this article about 'Why he works on IT' in relation to his experience working in IT and at the Dojo.
In it he notes: "You can imagine the excited faces of the young coders... Trust me : you always get more than what you give."
West Sound CoderDojo have nominated "Our dynamo" Doña Keating, who is the founder, champion & mentor! West Sound Dojo wouldn't be here without her, they noted.
Check out the presentation Doña did at DojoCon last October here.
Three other Volunteers they nominated are: Nathan Evans, Tim Duffey, Charles Keating!!
Tilburg @ Code Brabant Dojo in the Netherlands have nominated Mirjam. She studies how robots can help children learn a language, and in her spare time she teaches children how robots work!
Mirjam onderzoekt hoe robots een taal kunnen leren aan kinderen, en in haar vrije tijd leert ze kinderen hoe robots werken!
They have also nominated Rianne. She examines how people online learning, and in her spare time she helps our participants make websites!
Tony Guoga wants to celebrate the 78 active mentors who are part of CoderDojo Lietuva! He noted how these irreplaceable IT volunteers are spreading coding virus across Lithuania!
Thanks to all those who nominated volunteers in their Dojo last week... and the winner is (or should we say winners are!).... drumroll!.... Isabel and David from CoderDojo Valencia in Spain! Well done for all your help supporting ninjas at the Dojo.
@Bernat-Llopis I'm sending you a mail to contact them
Clonakilty CoderDojo in Cork, Ireland have nominated Wendy Cullinane for #CoderDojoVolApp
"Wendy started a Girl's table last year and it has gone from strength to strength. The girls really love hanging out there and working together. Wendy keeps the momentum going each week and it has helped increase and maintain our numbers of girls attending. She has a great bubbly personality, is a fabulous mentor with a great sense of humour, loves trying out new things and keeps the fun alive!!!"
What a lovely Volunteer message! @Margaret-Kennedy
Martina, Co-Founder of CoderDojo Bulgaria, has done a lot for the Community, from helping set up and support 4 Dojos in Sofia and another in Varna, to translating the book 'Hello Ruby' into Bulgarian so that more youths could learn about the exciting world of coding and technology! Read more about how Martina first got involved in CoderDojo and coding in general here.
CoderDojo Como in Italy had this Volunteer appreciation message to share:
Thanks to our volunteers for their dedication, they are so important to improving our work!
Ridgefield Park CoderDojo in New Jersey wanted to thank their Bergen Technical High School mentors (Gavriela & Lorenzo) "who introduced our ninjas to the ALICE Game Engine, and helped us create some cool animations!"
They also made this lovely card to celebrate all those involved in their Dojo for Valentines Day
CoderDojo Valencia shared more Volunteer Apriciation stories this week by nominating Ramon one of their future mentors at CoderDojoVLC along with this photo of their mentors in action!
CoderDojo Warrington also wanted to share their Volunteer Appreciation:
Well that was awesome CoderDojo on Saturday morning! Thanks to all our Mentors helping support 150 Kids and 50 adults across 15 different sessions!!!
CoderDojo Scotland were sharing the Volunteer Appreciation over the weekend, highlighting new mentor Jessica who showed ninjas how to send messages between their bbc microbits at CoderDojo Bridgeton 📻 💻
Thanks to all those who nominated volunteers in their Dojo last week...the latest winner is.... Martina, Co-Founder of CoderDojo Bulgaria!
Thanks Martina for all your help supporting young people in Bulgaria to access technology and programming in the 5 Dojos you've helped set up, and well done to all those who support ninjas at their local Dojo.
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