Welcome Back to GenYES!
Every week, our founder Dennis Harper writes a message to all of the GenYES Facilitators in the nation with tips, pertinent information, and stories about what students and Facilitators have accomplished in the GenYES program.
I had a wonderful time last week preparing seven new facilitators and 12 STLs in the Downey Unified School District to do GenYES. I also visited one of our eight Glendale, CA schools and their super Facilitator Gerry Lancaster.
We are beginning to see activity in many GenYES schools. A couple of takeaways:
1. GenYES Curriculum - By now, many of you are going through the six activities in Unit 1. This is an entirely new unit aimed at introducing STLs to GenYES and getting them ready to do TAPs. Any feedback or suggestions on Unit 1 would be greatly appreciated. Also, check out the Facilitator’s Guide to the GenYES Curriculum PDF in the Learn Toolkit.
2. Establishing STL Accounts - We notice that many school have no STLs enrolled in a class. If you are having trouble with this be sure you or an STL calls us from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Pacific time and we will get you going.
3. Establishing Teacher Accounts - Although these accounts are seldom used by teachers to login and create a TAP, it is important to establish these accounts so when you or an STL create a TAP you can connect the TAP to the faculty or staff that was served. For returning schools, you should have a teacher list already but it may be out-of-date. Use your ADMIN link to deactivate faculty that are not longer in the school and click the NEW USER link to add any new teachers. For new schools, send us a digital list of your faculty and staff and we will input them for you.
It is important for new facilitators to be in contact with us early in the school year to get things going in an efficient way. Don’t hesitate to call or email for help.
Founder of the Generation YES nonprofit organization
TAP of the Week:
Veteran GenYES facilitator Jose Gonzalez at the Bunche Middle School in Compton, CA had a couple of his STLs create a “Green Room” in order to create higher quality videos for teachers and other adults. This picture shows the results. Indeed impressive!