The young people have spoken! It’s Digitally Lit(erate)

By Simona Ramkisson
June 25, 2018

By Simona Ramkisson
June 5, 2018

We have exciting news! The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship has a new name for our Digital Literacy + Coding Pilot. To better represent the experiences and intentions of this pilot program, it will now be called “Digitally Lit(erate)”.

Over the last year, we have been working with our community partners (local libraries, the YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada) to deliver a program that offers introductory coding for youth ages 12-15 and encourages pathways to future digital literacy learning. During this time, we operated under the name: The Digital Literacy + Coding Pilot.

Since February 2018, we have launched the pilot program at 6 different sites in 5 different cities across Ontario. We have had the opportunity to work with youth who represent a multitude of experiences and backgrounds. Knowing the importance of a name, we wanted to find something that better captured the motivations of the program and our participants; so who better to rename it than our young participants! In May 2018, we opened an all-site challenge asking youth at each program site to submit potential new names for our pilot. Over the course of a month, we saw some truly amazing, diverse, and engaging submissions that it was hard to narrow it down to just one.

Initially, we considered bringing together a panel of stakeholders and program partners involved in the launch of the pilot to help select a name. However, in order to ensure youth participation throughout the entire process, we opted for a public poll asking young people from each site to vote on their favourite name. Digitally Lit(erate) was the overwhelming choice!

We are proud at the Brookfield Institute to be moving forward with a name that is truly for youth, by youth.

For media enquiries, please contact Coralie D’Souza, Director of Communications, Events + Community Relations at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship.

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