YouthDev Challenge

Are you an aspiring young developer, coder, or designer?

Gain or grow your technology and coding proficiencies, enhance your problem-solving skills, excel in communication and team collaboration, forge valuable relationships and make a positive difference in your community.

Do you love:

  • having fun and challenging yourself at the same time?

  • writing and designing code?

  • being curious and finding out how things work?

  • being creative and being able to make those ideas a reality?

  • working in a small focussed team?

If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you!

Who is the YouthDev Challenge for?

For students aged 16+. This programme provides the chance to apply learning and skills to real-world issues that will have tangible community impact.

Our YouthDev Challenge offers participants the benefit of working in a collaborative team and group.  Our programme also provides opportunities for adult participation in the form of experienced technologists mentors, adult volunteers, including parents, who may support planning or serve as coaches for the youth participants. Mentors will typically offer issue expertise, task guidance and encouragement throughout the programme.

The Challenge

Working in a small team, budding coders, developers, and designers will work alongside senior and experienced mentors to deliver an interactive website/app for STEMFest visitors, exhibitors, and stakeholders. Using real-life working principles you will be required to utilise your project planning skills, self-organise, and work collaboratively as a team.

How does it work?

The Challenge will run for 12 weeks, starting May 2020 until September 2020.

Participation in the Challenge will be done predominately online with some potential face-to-face team participation towards the end of the programme.

What is the time commitment?

  • Participants – a minimum of 3-4 hours a week.
  • Mentors – around 1-2 hours a week.
  • There is an expectation that (virtual) attendance from both mentors and mentees at applicable events (the kick off event, planning, stand ups, etc.)

Other requirements?

You must be 16 years old and above.

Have access to a computer or device with internet access. Additional training and software will be provided.

You must be able to travel to Tauranga for face-to-face sessions.

Photo by Pedro Sandrini from Pexels.

What’s in it for participants?

  • A chance to experience working within a real project team lead by expert tech professionals.
  • A letter of recommendation from your mentors.
  • A surprise reward for completing the Challenge programme.

What’s in it for Mentors?

  • A chance to give back to the community.
  • An opportunity to make a real difference to our young people leading via example.
  • A badge of honour to flex.
  • Our immense gratitude.

What’s in it for our community?

  • Our programme will offer the community a chance to benefit from youth input.
  • Helping to develop the future technology workforce by establishing a culture of civic participation and engagement.

I'm super interested in participating!

You’ll need to give us some information about you and why you think you should be considered for this unique opportunity.

Registrations close 4th May 2020.

I'd make an awesome Mentor!

You’ll need to give us some information about you and why you think you would make a good role model?

Registrations close 20th April 2020.

STEM Wana Trust operates a Code of Conduct for all our events and activities. This applies to participants, mentors, guests, parents, organisers involved in any aspect of the programme. By registering to take part you agree to abide by these rules.