Leisure Ledger January - April 2018

Additional Facility and Program Information 90 Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Digital Inclusion Raleigh Digital Connectors Program Recreation Program Director: Linda Jones Email: linda.jones@raleighnc.gov Phone: 919-996-5468 Recreation Program Manager: Bradley Upchurch Email: bradley.upchurch@raleighnc.gov Phone: 919-812-2113 Recreation Program Manager: Tommy Hodges Email: thomas.hodges@raleighnc.gov Phone: 919-612-9797 The Digital Inclusion Team of the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources provides the Raleigh Digital Connectors training program for youth living in Raleigh city limits. Digital Connectors is a nationally renowned program. It provides technology training and mentoring for young people, age 14 through 21, from diverse backgrounds and neighborhoods. Raleigh Digital Connectors are dedicated to improving their communities and themselves through technology and community service. The program allows young people to expand 21st century technology skills, develop professional life skills, participate in open data projects, explore workplace pathways, and serve their communities. Youth in Raleigh Digital Connectors serve as ambassadors, teaching their families, friends, and neighbors to participate in the digital economy. Digital Connectors practice skills that prepare young people for opportunities in tomorrow’s technology- driven economy. Students give 60 community service hours throughout the school year. Raleigh Digital Connectors give back to the community and help address the digital divide by: promoting digital literacy at community events with partner agencies, teaching computer and Internet skills to community members, refurbishing computers for economically disadvantaged families, and performing humanitarian community service projects. During the academic school year, Digital Connectors attend classes two evenings a week for a total of five hours. Youth learn technical, leadership, social, and life skills through a combination of instructor-led training, team exercises, field trips, guest speakers, mentors, and community service. Participation in this interactive, challenging learning experience culminates in a formal graduation celebration and the opportunity to continue serving the community as Digital Connectors alumni. Graduates of the program receive $500, a laptop computer, and other incentives for participating. Volunteer Opportunities with Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources You are invited to make a difference in your community and volunteer with Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources . Individuals, families, students, businesses and organizations have an opportunity to contribute time, talents and resources to our City parks, programs and facilities. Volunteer Opportunities in the Parks Volunteers can enhance City Parks and facilities through the following projects: Gardening/Landscaping Tree plantings Mulching Litter and debris removal Painting projects Removal of invasives The Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Adopt-A-Park Program utilizes volunteers to enhance city parks, trails and facilities. Over 70 groups currently participate in the program and volunteer quarterly to improve a park or trail. Volunteer Opportunities in Recreation Programs Volunteers can assist with the following Recreation Programs: • Sports and Tournaments – Youth athletic coaches are needed for baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, in-line hockey, softball, swimming and tennis • Special Events – Assist with registration, set-up, and activities at various citywide special events. • Specialized Recreation Services – Assist individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities in diverse events and activities including Wake County Special Olympics. • COE (Cultural Outreach and Enrichment) Program Volunteers are always needed to assist teaching basic elements of English, and other exciting recreational opportunities. Volunteer are also needed to assist at various special events and with community outreach. • Centers for Active Adults – Assist with teaching classes, special events, greeters, receptionists, room hosts, tour guides and more • Mordecai Historic Park – Assist in the park as docents, gardeners, tour leaders and special events volunteers. Volunteers can register now online at parks.raleighnc.gov For more information contact Ashley Deans at ashley.deans@raleighnc.gov or call 919-996-4810. Portable Challenge Course for Teens Age: 12-19yrs. Let the Teen Program Staff custom design a team building workshop to help meet your group’s needs and challenges. Initiative activities are utilized to enhance problem solving, team building, conflict resolution and other life skills through experiential learning and will be tailored to your specific group. These programs are great for schools, church groups, student councils, drop-out prevention programs, and many other established youth groups. Courses will be held at the site of the participants’ choosing and will be scheduled according to availability. Please contact the Teen Program at least one month in advance of desired program date. Cost: $25 per staff hour of program with a minimum of 2 hours; we require a 1 to 10 staff member to student ratio. Raleigh Youth Council Are you a high school student that is interested in initiating, organizing and executing programs and projects that benefit youth? The Raleigh Youth Council is for teens and is run by teens. They focus their involvement in leadership opportunities, community service, recreation, fundraisers, special events, and State Youth Council conferences. The Raleigh Youth Council creates a forum where teens can freely express their ideas and opinions and serve as advocates for teens in Wake County. The meetings take place on the second and fourth Mondays of each month during the traditional school year. Cost: There is no membership fee but there may be additional fees for activities or conferences. Pre-registration is not required. Please contact the Teen Program at 919-996-2139 for more information. continued from page 89 —

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