Hoist is a monthly meetup for teenagers, ages 12 to 19, who are eager to grow their skills and better understand concepts related to business, entrepreneurship and technology. One Saturday per month, industry experts lead engaging sessions for youth in two locations across Halifax Regional Municipality – at Volta and at the North Preston Community Centre.
Hoist sessions encourage teens to explore and expand their interest in technology and entrepreneurship by developing their skills in design, coding, product and game development, and much more. Topics change each month, based on current trends, as well as the needs and interests of Hoist participants; this also helps teens remain engaged and challenged with each session.
The afternoon begins with a light lunch, and then the instructor walks participants through the fundamentals of the subject matter.
Following the presentation, new skills are put to the test! Depending on the project or topic, teens will apply what they just learned individually or as a group, and mentors remain on hand to answer questions and provide direction.
Before the day’s out, teens regroup to discuss what they created, share any challenges they may have had and talk about the projects. Teens are encouraged to practice their skills at home, and keep an eye out for the next meetup!
There are no pre-requisites for Hoist. Please bring your laptop and charger to the session. If you do not own a laptop, we have a limited number available to borrow – just be sure to let us know when you register.
Hoist sessions do not take place in July, August or in December.