Developed with the Samara Centre for Democracy, Let’s Talk Digital is a non-partisan initiative that engages youth in a series of digital, media and civic literacy workshops and engagement opportunities, with the aim of lessening the impact of misinformation, polarization, and disengagement.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg (BGCW) youth are excited to develop more knowledge and skills in the area of technology, social media content, and apps. Being accurately informed on what is real and fake will allow them to stay safe and aware, make good digital choices, and protect their private information.
“Social media plays a major role in my day to day life, and in society as a whole. An opportunity to learn about hidden dangers that aren’t often spoken of is exciting. I look forward to it.”
Isaac K., BGCW member, Lead UP youth volunteer
Let’s Talk Digital aligns well with the core values of Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, as a promoter and advocate for youth. Youth at BGCW have already been active through Lead UP (funded by Canada Service Corps), acting as community leaders and volunteers to build capacity in their own communities through multicultural and alumni events, in addition to projects to help the homeless.
Let’s Talk Digital will help the Club build relationships with partner schools through the new Youth United Chapters, as well as bring youth together in BGCW locations across Winnipeg. Reaching out to newcomers and youth from Indigenous backgrounds will help them share information with vulnerable communities.
“Social media is rampant in today’s day and age and youth are the number one users. We as a generation need to educate ourselves on recognizing fake and real news, as it is essential to know what is going on in order for us to help grow society.”
Oluwatofunmi D., BGCW member
1st Annual Alumni Pancake Breakfast, April 2019. From left to right: Farnaz, Isaac, Mirzet Alekic (BGCW Board Chair), and Majda Miljkovic (former BGCW board member).