By: Karissa Gall
The 2012-13 Vancouver Community Network (VCN) Youth Initiative (YI) program held its second all-intern workshop on October 16 in the Woodward’s Building, bringing together the more than 30 Metro Vancouver youth who have been working at non-profit organizations based in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood all the way to Bowen Island since the beginning of fall.
The VCN WebTeam was on hand to further orient the interns to the organization’s catalogue of programs and services, presenting on their work and sharing information that the interns could bring to their respective Intern Host Organizations (IHOs).
Hugues Deraps, web and multimedia designer and developer, and Altaz Jamal, marketing manager and branding specialist, explained the WebTeam’s objectives of helping individuals become “web smart” and providing “easy and sustainable web resources to non-profit organizations”. They explained that the team is an “agency at non-agency prices” providing “full business planning, marketing, and communications services from strategy to execution.”
In addition to the services provided by the WebTeam, Deraps and Jamal explained that the VCN TechTeam provides computer technical services, IT (Information Technology) consulting and IT training.
Shifting the focus of their presentation to the professional development of the interns, they then explained how savvy password creation and password managers such as KeePass can improve Internet security, reviewed important software and antivirus updates, and discussed “essential productivity apps” including files on the cloud, email solutions, productivity solutions, and backup solutions.
Four of VCN’s interns closed out the presentation by describing the work they are doing at their IHO sites, including a presentation from the TechTeam’s own intern Nathan Chan. The three other presentations came from Perry Stein, who is interning at Embers, Sylvana D’Angelo, who is working as the art director, staff photographer and website administrator for the VCN Programs Team’s Community Youth Magazine, and Karissa Gall, who is working as the editor and staff writer for the Community Youth Magazine and at the Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre.