2011 Gangplank Jr. Kickoff Recap

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Talk about starting the year off right. More than 20 parents attended the Gangplank Jr 2011 Kickoff, providing valuable feedback and ideas that will drive our programming this year.

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The meeting began with Gangplank Executive Director Derek Neighbors providing background on the organization, as well as how Gangplank Jr fits into the larger vision of Gangplank as a whole. Gangplank began as a place for adults to break out of the traditional corporate sphere, challenging themselves to learn new skills and collaborate with one another. As that concept grew, it became apparent those ideals needed to start being taught much younger, as the state of education continues to decline. Gangplank Jr offers an opportunity for kids to explore, be creative, and most importantly, fail in world that increasingly bars them from those experiences.

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A recap of 2010 events followed, along with a discussion on what types of programs parents would like to see in 2011. Afterward Mike Benner, Gangplank Jr initiative leader for 2011, shared his goals for the year. Both the feedback and goals can be found at the bottom of this post.

The evening closed with a description of volunteer opportunities for parents. As the organization continues to grow, Gangplank Jr will rely on parent involvement to maintain structure and communicate effectively with its members. If you are interested in reading more about current volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer page and fill out an interest form. Please keep in mind we need parents not only for leadership roles, but also to help out with single events. If you have expertise in an area listed within our ideas or goals section below, please contact us.

A huge thanks to all the parents that took time out of their busy schedules to attend. We are blown away by the level of participation we’ve seen right off the bat and are excited to get cracking!

Big thanks to Floridino’s and Jeff Weninger for donating food for the evening.

Programming Ideas

  • Learning to/from Fail
  • Cooking
  • Basic Mechanics – car, house, “handyman”
  • Audio/Podcasting
  • Xtranormal
  • Glass Fusing
  • “Take Apart Box”/Break Down Day
  • Manga/Comic Create/Go Animate
  • Ice Skating/Roller Skating
  • Hiking/Rock Climbing
  • Running
  • Falconry/Reptiles
  • Interobang.com
  • Adventure Racing
  • Tech+Art (ie claymation)
  • Creative Writing
  • Volunteering/Charity
  • Photography/Videography
  • First Aid/Safety
  • CPR
  • Bullying/Self Defense
  • Orange Picking for the Food Bank
  • Local Orphanage Tour
  • Music+tech
  • Financial planning
  • Music appreciation
  • Theater

2011 Goals

  • Full robotics curriculum for FIRST LEGO League
  • GP Jr Camp during school break
  • Highschool internship/shadowing program with Gangplank anchors
  • Tutoring/mentoring program
  • At least two Gangplank Jr events per month
  • DangerScouts / Monthly Big Events, not weekly little events / Badges
  • Diversify activities (Art, design, video, tech)
  • Track membership
  • Work with GP Health for more kid’s health activities
  • Movie and Game Night (family night/open house)
  • Work with under privileged groups and orphanages
  • Contests (best game, design, art)

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