Montreal Digital Spring Presents the 3rd edition of Digital Youth Month, February 1st – March 6th

3rd edition of Digital Youth Month
The Digital Age, a World of Possibility!

Digital Youth Month (DYM) will be held February 1 through March 6. The annual event aimed at young people under 35 will offer a wide range of online activities and resources to discover the possibilities of digital technology, develop skills and learn about the challenges in the digital age. DYM will be available for free via a brand new programming platform MNJ.QUEBEC/EN.
Jonathan le Prof, the 3rd edition ambassador of the DYM
The high school social studies teacher from Rouyn-Noranda is well known as an educational influencer on social media: “Allowing young people to use the Web in an entertaining way while becoming informed is a way to get their interest! Facilitating access to online resources is also a way to ensure equal opportunity. Young people living in remote areas, in particular, may have less access to facilities where they can experiment with technology. The Digital Month platform allows them to do this, in addition to learning about various issues such as algorithms and their impacts.”

“Studying, working and communicating in the digital age has its share of challenges! We are fortunate to count on various key players in Quebec who are developing innovative activities and tools to accompany young people so that they can become awake, critical and creative citizens”, explains Mehdi Benboubakeur, Executive Director of Printemps numérique
Types of activities included in the programming
Workshops and training ✺ Conferences ✺ Discoveries ✺ Exhibitions ✺ Shows ✺ Videogames ✺ Hackathon Careers ✺ Youth and teacher resource directory
Some observations
● “The school closures caused by the health crisis have helped highlight digital and academic inequities as schools, students and their families have experienced everything online.”- Simon Collin, Chaire de recherche du Canada sur l’équité numérique en éducation, UQÀM 2020

● As of 2019, the tech industry represented more than 136,000 jobs in Quebec, and it has been growing ever since. Especially since the COVID-19 pandemic has created new technological needs. – Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, 2019

● In 2020, women represented 22% of the ICT workforce and this figure has been on a downward trend for several years. – TECHNOCompétences – Comité sectoriel de main-d’oeuvre (CSMO) en technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) 2020.
As the development of digital skills and the future of young people is everyone’s business, Printemps Numérique and the organizing committee (École BranchéeCommunautiqueToboRéseau des Carrefours jeunesse-emploi du Québec and the Musée de la civilisation de Québec) have united their efforts to bring together a pan-Quebec community in digital literacy.

In addition to the calendar of activities, to raise awareness of the issues of the Citizen’s Charter in the digital age, “transparency” is in the spotlight this year: all users should be able to access understandable information about the processing, distribution and storage of their data.

Montreal Digital Spring, which initiated the event, will also offer its own activities as part of the programming:

● 30 Virtual Digital Cafés: an immersive experience with a 3D Virtual World (Metaverse) to introduce high school students to digital possibilities
● 4 Facebook LIVE events with inspirational young professionals from the digital field, who will speak up about and question the concept of mindful digital (February 8, 10, 15 and 17, 6 PM, open to all)
● A video creation competition for people from 16 to 29, aiming to promote the “transparency” issue
● A Webinar with Nellie Brière on Facebook Live as part of the Quebec digital literacy Concertation table and #intersections (February 24, 12 PM, open to all)
Montreal Digital Spring (PN) is a non-profit organization that aims to connect people, organizations and ideas to promote and leverage digital intelligence. Acting for industries, communities, and players on the local and international scene, Montreal Digital Spring is the vanguard player that fosters connections by opening the horizons of digital progress. Montreal Digital Spring offers a direct and accessible connection to the digital world through its actions that value inclusivity, humanism, boldness, and curiosity. · ·

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