New Years Resolution: Start a Dojo!
The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to feel motivated and set goals to not only improve your own life but also empower those around you. CoderDojo is a volunteer led movement with people, just like you, setting up fun, creative technology clubs to inspire and support young people in their local area. You don’t even need any experience with technology to start a CoderDojo club. So what are you waiting for?
Make 2018 the year you organise a fun, free coding club to enable children you know to be creators of technology and not just consumers!
A lot of study has gone into what makes people more likely to achieve their new year’s resolution. See how you can make sure you successfully start and run a CoderDojo club (Dojo) this year with these useful tips:
1) Include others
We are much more likely to keep a resolution if we recognise it as being important to others. Commit to starting a Dojo with someone you know can strengthen this effect. Co-championing a Dojo with a friend or colleague ensures you have each other for support and to share out tasks to see it through!
Starting a Dojo is a great way to help young people gain confidence in such an important skill for the future. You along with one or more volunteers is the perfect way to start helping children create their own websites, apps, games, while learning how to work in a team and present their ideas! What could be more motivating than seeing children light up as they type their first line of code or create their first program and knowing you played a pivotal role in it?
2) Spread the word
Making your resolution to start a Dojo public will keep you motivated and add to your resolve. It will also highlight your efforts to others in your area who might want to get involved and support the CoderDojo club by volunteering or donating equipment. Why not share your goal to start a Dojo on Twitter or Facebook?
“I am pledging to start a fun, free @CoderDojo club in my local area to help young people to #createwithcode this January. Join me! http://dojo.soy/NewYearDojo #PledgeADojo ”
3) Break down into steps
Making detailed resolutions is important. Even more so is setting out steps to implement your goal. As part of the Start a Dojo process on the CoderDojo website we’ve set out all the steps to get you started, such as selecting a time to run your Dojo, finding a venue and organising some people in your area to help volunteer at the club.
4) Make your resolution part of your long-term plan
The best resolutions are the ones that are part of longer-term plans. So if you’ve a long-term plan to learn a programming language, why not use running a Dojo as an opportunity to start by helping beginners with Scratch or HTML and meeting people involved in the sector through your team of volunteers?
Finally, making sure you avail of all the learning resources, eLearning modules and Foundation support you need will enable your Dojo to develop and grow into something really empowering for yourself and beneficial to your local area. We are here to support you, so if you have any questions you can ask on our community forums or directly by emailing [email protected]