Videogame Creation and Software Coding for Displaced Teenage Immigrants

Carlos Miranda Levy • 22 July 2017
Event date 25 Jul 10:00 - 13 Oct 12:00
Event location Jardin de la Rue Pâli-Kao • 38 Rue de Pâli-Kao, Paris, 75020, France
Naomi teaching vulnerable children on our Summer 2016 camp
Naomi teaching vulnerable children on our Summer 2016 camp

Awesome young instructor Naomi Bonilla Hoshikawa will be working with 10 immigrant teens (15-16yr old) in Paris to explore, discover and develop skills in the wonderful world of storytelling, creation of videogames and software development.

The workshop is facilitated by Danika Jurisic, immigrant activist and former child survivor of the Balkan Conflict herself.

Custom-created lessons adapted for vulnerable youth will follow a hands-on approach based on magical inspiration and practical activities under guided supervision on computer tablets made available for each participant during and after the workshop.

Each participant is assigned a tablet, which will remain in the center for their continued use beyond the workshop.

Tablets, backpacks and supplies...

In addition, participating teenagers will receive a backpack with learning supplies. Both the tablets and the stocked backpacks were fundraised by Naomi herself.

We will be using PocketCode, Lightbot and other software with a combination of our own custom activities and examples with others freely available online.

The workshop takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 10am to noon.

At the end of the sessions, every night, a joint group of instructors and advisors will assess the experience and progress and adjust content and strategy for the next day.

This workshop runs parallel to our sister workshop for homeless children in Paris (click here for more info). We monitor and compare the impact on both scenarios to improve results and methodology.

This workshop will be followed up by a 3D printing workshop and program on September, at Danika's atelier. More details soon...

For details on the program, visit:

Kids learning to create games on our Summer 2015 Camp
Kids learning to create games on our Summer 2015 Camp

Participation Opportunities

We welcome volunteers (both French and non-French speaking) to join us in one or more of the following activities, or in any way they feel they can add value:

  • Joining the actual sessions to assist the kids.

    • (one or both sessions, one or more afternoons from Monday to Friday).
  • Assist and mentor the kids during or after the workshop, in person or remotely.
  • Monitor the impact of the workshop and the evolution of children.
    • (meetings early every night from Monday to Friday)
  • Review, expand, enhance and adapt the curriculum and lesson plans.
  • Providing guest cameo short talks that can inspire children, help them understand specific social issues or professions better and motivate them, ie:
    • A short talk on being a storyteller, author, artist.
    • A short presentation on learning to code.
    • A short talk on social entrepreneurship.
    • A short talk on creativity and the fun of creating, etc.

Contact us, or leave a comment below if you would like to participate or collaborate.

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