Peer Learning Projects

Thematic groups:
Food SecurityCo-ops & Social Enterprises
Poverty Reduction & Resilient CommunitiesEnvironment
Regional CED EventsRural, Remote & Northern Regions

As part of the CreateAction program, interns participate in peer learning activities organized by the Canadian CED Network. This is an opportunity for youth across the country to network, learn more about CED, and share their experiences and learning with each other and emerging youth leaders.

For this project, we invite interns to use the Emerging Leaders CED Blog site for access to support. All the interns will be blogging about their training sessions and potential projects.

This is a forum for other youth outside of the program to learn and engage in CED and for peer interns, Emerging Leaders and staff to provide support.

For an example: We invite interns to learn and share more about CED, and develop creative learning tools that can be shared with other young people to enhance their understanding of CED. The learning tools can be about personal experience and address one of the following questions/statements:

  • What is CED?
  • Why is CED important?
  • CED in my community…

How each intern or participating youth in the community might present this information is up to the intern! Here are a few ideas:

  • Photo-essay
  • Short Video
  • Cartoons/Comic Strip
  • Poetry
  • Music
  • Discussion paper
  • Articles/publications
  • Workshop Outline & Facilitation Guide
  • Interactive games/activities

If a group of youth develops a CED project in their community, have them join the blog to creatively document their initiatives.

Un volet du programme CréeAction consiste en des activités d’apprentissage par les paires organisées par le RCDÉC auxquelles les stagiaires doivent participer. Ces activités offrent l’occasion aux jeunes de tout le pays de réseauter, d’acquérir plus de connaissances en DÉC, de partager leurs expériences et d’échanger entre eux et avec les jeunes émergents.

Pour ce projet, nous vous invitons à utiliser le blogue des NL qui sera votre accès principal au soutien. Tous les stagiaires et les jeunes recrutés blogueront sur leurs séances de formation et leurs projets éventuels.

C’est un forum ouvert à d’autres jeunes en-dehors du programme, à vos collègues stagiaires, aux membres des NL et au personnel. Il permet de faire l’apprentissage du DÉC, de s’impliquer et d’apporter le soutien dont vous avez besoin.

Par exemple :
Nous vous encourageons à en apprendre plus sur le DÉC et à partager vos apprentissages. Nous vous invitons à élaborer des outils d’apprentissage créatifs et à les échanger avec d’autres jeunes. Ces outils d’apprentissage peuvent être basés sur votre propre expérience et avoir un des thèmes suivants :

  • Qu’est-ce que le DÉC ?
  • Pourquoi le DÉC est-il important ?
  • Le DÉC dans ma communauté…

C’est à vous et aux jeunes participantes et participants de choisir le format de présentation. Voici quelques idées :

  • Récit photo
  • Vidéo (court métrage)
  • Dessin animé / bande dessinnée
  • Poésie
  • Musique
  • Document de discussion
  • Article / publication
  • Planification d’atelier et manuel d’animation
  • Jeux interactifs / activités

Si les jeunes participantes et participants désirent développer un projet de DÉC dans leur communauté, encouragez-les à joindre le blogue. C’est un moyen créatif de documenter leurs initiatives.

Create Action interns in Vancouver – Youth Engagement Project
Here’s a piece Chelsea sent us about what she, Jason,  Amanda  and Chloe, the Vancoever-based interns are planning  together for their project. Nice that you are geograpically able to work together -Lots of great ideas!  -Paul

‘We have decided that we (and other youth) will create the ‘community tour’ that will be held on the Thursday afternoon.

Our objective for this ‘community tour’ is two fold:
1. Engage up and coming non-profit leaders/workers with CED and provide them with informal networking opportunities.
2. Provide examples of successful CED projects in the DTES as a tool for generating dialogue.

We are also thinking of having very informal ‘reception’ or networking space for the tour participants to meet after the tour, on the Thursday evening. We were thinking of a pub or perhaps the space at W2 would be good for this as well.

There will be the option for participant to attend both the Thursday tour and reception and the Friday full day of workshops/open space or they can choose one or the other. We will have all this information on the registration page. (This is where we can also add the Youtube videos highlighting CED in the rural and remote communities as pull to have more people register).

We are beginning to do research to find places that we feel would be good “CED in action” examples in the DTES. We each have some connections with organizations or individuals that can help us connect with young professionals, students or those who may not even know they are doing CED work. These are the groups of youth we want to target to help with the tour. These youth will also have the opportunity to volunteer on the day of the volunteer, acting as “room hosts” or help with registration, sign up or food and ultimately spread the word about the event and attend the workshops/open space. I know that many of the steering committee members were interested in connecting the SFU CED students with this project so this might be the place to involve them.

Well there are our ideas so far. We’re going BIG and if we have to scale back as the time passes, we can but ultimately we see this as a great opportunity to complete our youth engagement project as well as brining some new ‘blood’ into the world of CED in BC.

Tips on Public Speaking and Report Writing

I was recently asked for some tips on public speaking and report writing. I wrote a few of my own thoughts and provided some links to “the professionals”. I thought they might be useful to others of you. -Paul

Report Writing Tips

Title: Have a title that makes it clear what the report is about

Introduction: Have a brief  introduction that summarizes what the report will say

Body of the Report

  • Organize information in a logical order.
  • Have a few key points.
  • Illustrate points with examples

Recommendations: Have concise recommendations (if appropriate)

Conclusion: Have a very brief summary of what you have said


Public Speaking

I’ve done a reasonable amount of public speaking and still get nervous. For many of us that just comes with the territory as they say

  • Don’t be afraid to admit you are nervous, it can help you relax and gets the audience with you right away.
  • Try to speak reasonably slowly (I know I tend to speak too quickly)  and don’t be afraid to pause after a key point to let it sink in. (If you watch Obama speaking he does that a lot)
  • Don’t be afraid to show a little passion if you are making a point you feel passionate about
  • If this is reporting on the results of your survey, it could be good to include a couple of anecdotes of what  seniors actually said when you spoke to them to illustrate a point, (whether amusing, heart warming, tragic etc …)
  • Use PowerPoint or graphics  to emphasise key point if that’s appropriate. It can also help the audience get a point if it’s visually presented –but I wouldn’t put too much detail in on slides. Having people focus on the screen a little can also make you feel less nervous than if they are focussing on you all of the time.
  • Try it out loud to check the timing (rehearse it with a friend, family member or fellow intern over the phone  to get feedback and to get comfortable with it.
  • Make sure your notes are large enough to read easily.
  • Try to talk rather than read at least for some of it and try and look at the audience intermittently if  possible even if you are reading from notes (you can use your finger to make sure you don’t lose  your place when you look up.
  • They always advise looking at people towards the back of the room.
  • Most of all, try and relax and  have fun with it. It’s a learning experience a chance for you to communicate what you’ve learned



2 responses to “Peer Learning Projects

  1. Hey gang,

    Came across this report that was done a few years back and found it very useful in terms of giving me some grounding in the history and evolution of CED as its occurred here in Canada. It’s an evaluation of CEDTAP, which many of you will know as the Community Economic Development Training and Assistance Program that many of the core leaders who got CCEDNET going also helped to found. It’s a long document (99 pages in total) but don’t be intimidated-even the first few pages help to tell the story! It’s also chalk full of interesting analysis of various CED tools that have emerged over the years.
    It’s called “Knowledge for Strong Communities, Ten Themes, Thirty-Five Lessons: Reflecting on Ten Years of CEDTAP” and you can find it at:

    And yes, this is what I do all day from my tiny office cubby that is actually most of my living room! Hope it’s helpful.

    Resilience Research Intern,
    Canadian Centre for Community Renewal

  2. Hi Everyone,

    As I won’t be back after Christmas, I’m not sure if the new intern for FINALY! will want to continue with my workshops or create her own. Therefore, for the sake of sharing, I thought I would send out a template of the format of my workshop and activities. Any questions, feel free to email me later on:

    Environmental Workshop:
    • Presentation will include:
    o Sustainability in Newfoundland and Labrador
    o Impacts of mining, and oil and gas in Newfoundland and Labrador
    o Four main resources that are used in Newfoundland and Labrador – mining, oil and gas, forestry and wildlife, oceans and wetlands
    o The connections between consumption and the four main resources in Newfoundland and Labrador
    o How youth can help promote sustainability of all four resources in Newfoundland and Labrador (emphasis on rural areas when applicable)

    • Activity (youth will be split into groups of 5 or 6):
    o Each group is given pictures of items, including: Plastic bottles, sweaters, sneakers, Styrofoam cups, glass bottles, computers, cell phones, aluminum cans, cars, paper, clue, chewing gum, juice boxes, electricity, concrete, and jewelry.
    o They will receive a series of questions to answer about the pictures such as:

    What resources were used to obtain/make the object?

    What can be done to reduce the usage of this item? Example, buy one pair of sneakers

    Are there alternatives to using the object?

    What are the environmental impacts of over using the object? Example,

    What happens when you own 3 cars?

    How can we recycle these objects when we are finished?

    o De-brief
    Each group will be given the opportunity to talk about the materials, answer the questions together

    Entrepreneurship Workshop:
    • Presentation:
    o Green jobs/businesses
    o Youth initiatives that are environmental – Kelp Me! (local business that creates bath products out of kelp)
    o Community Economic Development
    o Opportunities for future careers in environmental studies/awareness

    • Activity (split into groups of 4-5):
    o Each group will be given to following items
    Resource: soil, seeds, juice boxes, kelp, newspaper, paper, wood, bicycle, flower bed, green house, berries, shells (these will be actual objects in a box)
    $1000 (play money)
    Phone – for local calls (not a real phone)
    Computer – includes internet, email, word processing (not a real computer)

    o The challenge will be to create a business using these materials, with guidance questions provided:

    What can you do with your resource to make money?

    How can you make your business environmentally friendly?

    How can you advertise your business without creating waste?

    What are the major problems that will arise from your business?

    o Debrief
    We will discuss the business they created, talk about the challenges, the promotion. I will provide examples for environmentally friendly marketing, and give information about Youth Ventures and CBDC to those who want to take on this initiative.

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