We at Generation YES know how challenging starting up a student-support program can be. We have over twenty years helping schools receive the most impact from their student support initiatives.
The first step in establishing a GenYES program in your school is to contact us. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll-free at 1-888-941-4369. We are in the office during the week from 9-5 PST. We are happy to answer any specific questions you may have and can send you additional materials or quotes.
The consistent features of all GenYES programs is that there are always Student Technology Leaders and a teacher who works with the STLs called the GenYES Facilitator.
GenYES is a flexible program which can be implemented in several ways, but typically fits into an existing technology class or club. Topics like implementation model, grade range, and frequency of meetings are usually informally discussed during the initial ‘Contact’ stage.
Once we’ve decided to work together, we will set up a more formal, one hour, planning meeting between relevant stakeholders in the school. We recognize that every school has very different cultures and technology goals and this initial meeting is designed to create a customized plan for your GenYES implementation.
The goal of the planning meeting is to develop a strategy for the primary tasks STLs will take on, developing program targets, and discussing logistics issues; for example, how to recruit STLs and when STLs will have opportunities to meet with teachers and staff.
Once the implementation model and program facilitator has been decided, we will set up an hour long webinar training to go through the online tools. This training will include setting up the facilitator accounts, browsing the toolkit, and exploring the 27 units of curriculum. This is a great opportunity for the facilitator to establish a one-on-one relationship with the GenYES customer support team member and ask any remaining questions or brainstorm new ideas.
Aside from the training, the GenYES facilitator should peruse the curriculum and begin mapping which units they want to use with their STLs. The GenYES curriculum is designed to be flexible for a variety of grade levels and is meant to be adapted according to the needs of the facilitator. Planning how the curriculum will be adapted is crucial to ensuring the STLs are adequately prepared to meet their schools’ technology goals.
STLs and their facilitator will begin meeting during the decided upon times. STLs will create their GenYES accounts on their school’s GenYES web portal and complete the first unit of GenYES curriculum to get a foundational understanding of the program. Most importantly, STLs will begin helping the adults in their schools.
One of the biggest indicators of success we’ve observed over the years is schools which more frequently engage with our customer support team have a higher success rate than schools who don’t call us. Generation YES provides unlimited ongoing support throughout the year and encourages our partner schools to take advantage of the experience and resources we offer.
Throughout the year we provide custom reports, weekly emails, and quarterly newsletters to let everyone share in the successes of GenYES schools around the country. Facilitators can call our toll-free number to seek assistance with challenges as they arise or even just to brainstorm and generate some new ideas for their program.
GenYES can continue to grow and evolve as schools’ needs change. One of the goals during the first year should be thinking about how to grow the program in subsequent years. Will students begin to design MakerSpaces? Will they present at conferences or create local professional development seminars? Will you focus on getting your students GenYES Certified? The sky’s the limit, and we have seen many ways that STLs have transformed their schools. We look forward to working with you to help grow the program in the second year and beyond!