Past Seminars

Take a look at some of our previous seminars ranging from topics like financial literacy to creativity and collaboration!

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YMCA seminars deviated from our typical seminars- they were part of a 6 week summer program aiming to teach soft skills in accordance with weekly themes to engage YMCA students, with seminars twice a week.

9/29/2021: Research Skills

8/11/2022: Public Speaking

Public speaking is an important skill for anyone looking to become a leader in the 21st century. Children practiced their public speaking skills through improvisation games, learning about tone, articulation and confidence, and eliminating the use of filler words. They developed short speeches and presented to each other.  

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8/9/22: Financial Literacy

Children learned the basics of financial literacy. This seminar was split up with one session for grades 1-6 and another for grades 7-8. All age groups learned about budgeting rules, taxation, and the basics of money.  

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1/15/22: Joke Telling/Humor

Children learned the basics of using humor by taking part in silly ad libs, improvised stories, puns, and one liners. They practiced delivering jokes, learned about comedic timing, learned about when jokes are appropriate, and using humor to make serious messages more digestible. 

9/29/2021: Research Skills

Children learned the fundamentals of conducting online research, an important skill for school and work life. They played fun games, and got to know each other through icebreakers. They actively participated and left the seminar with a greater understanding of how to conduct research

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9/20/2021: Public Speaking

Public speaking is an important skill for anyone looking to become a leader in the 21st century. Children practiced their public speaking skills through improvisation games, learning about tone, articulation and confidence, and eliminating the use of filler words. They developed short speeches and presented to each other.  

9/11/2021: Public Speaking

Public speaking is an important skill for anyone looking to become a leader in the 21st century. Children practiced their public speaking skills through improvisation games, learning about tone, articulation and confidence, and eliminating the use of filler words. They developed short speeches and presented to each other.  More information here. 

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8/5/2021: YMCA Seminar Wildlife/Environment

Students had fun playing jungle-related games and learning about common animals in jungles and rainforests. They drew posters and collaborated in projects relating to wildlife and jungles

8/3/2021: YMCA Seminar Wildlife/Environment

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Students had fun playing jungle-related games and learning about common animals in jungles and rainforests. They drew posters and collaborated in projects relating to wildlife and jungles

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7/29/21: Comic Writing, Story Telling, and Disney

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Children practiced telling stories to each other, learned and practiced creating their own unique comics, and shared  their favorite Disney characters, their favorite movie, etc..

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7/27/21: Comic Writing, Story Telling, and Disney

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Children practiced telling stories to each other, learned and practiced creating their own unique comics, and shared  their favorite Disney characters, their favorite movie, etc..

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7/22/21: Geography and Wild West

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Children learned about geography with a specific focus on the wild west and had fun learning about its wildlife and unique terrain. The kids had fun making art and cut-out boots. 

7/21/21: Speech Writing

Children learned about each other playing icebreaker games, and then discussed literature and their favorite books. They learned the basics of structuring a speech and public speaking delivery.

7/20/21: Geography and Wild West

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Children learned about geography with a specific focus on the wild west and had fun learning about its wildlife and unique terrain. The kids had fun making art and cut-out boots. 

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7/15/21: Explore the Ocean

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The kids learned about the diverse deep-sea ecosystem by way of fun games and active learning activities. 

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7/13/21: Explore the Ocean

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The kids learned about the diverse deep-sea ecosystem by way of fun games and active learning activities. 

7/8/21: Camp Rock

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Children participated in icebreaker discussions to learn about their peers, then played fun drawing and improv games relating to typical summer activities. 

7/6/21: Camp Rock

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Children participated in icebreaker discussions to learn about their peers, then played fun drawing and improv games relating to typical summer activities. 

6/29/21: Party in the USA!

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In this July 4th-focused seminar, kids played games relating to the USA and discussed their favorite things about America. They enjoyed things like Kahoot, Would You Rather, and Jeopardy. 

6/27/21: Party in the USA!

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In this July 4th-focused seminar, kids played games relating to the USA and discussed their favorite things about America. They enjoyed things like Kahoot, Would You Rather, and Jeopardy. 

5/8/21: Financial Literacy

Children learned the basics of saving, budgeting, taxes, and more. The seminar was highly productive as many kids walked away with a greater understanding of how they should deal with money. More info here.

4/21/21: Earth Day

Kids learned about the importance of conserving the Earth's ecosystem and wildlife. They appreciated both nature and our planet in this important seminar. They also had fun playing wildlife and Earth-related games.

4/10/21: Internet Skills

In this seminar, kids learned about how they should properly use the internet. They learned how to properly research and write emails, skills that are useful in today's' world. More info here.

2/6/21: Creativity and Collaboration

After introducing themselves, children worked together in an array of fun yet educational activities which emphasized collaboration. More info here.

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1/29/21: Collaboration

After introducing themselves, children worked together in an array of fun yet educational activities which emphasized collaboration. 

12/20/20: Collaboration

After introducing themselves, children worked together in an array of fun yet educational activities which emphasized collaboration. 

12/15/20: Holiday Special Seminar

Kids got into the holiday spirit in this special, festive seminar. They played Christmas-related games and had fun participating in holiday discussions. 

12/9/20: Time Management

In this constructive seminar, children learned the importance of time management as well as effective time management techniques. This had fun introducing themselves and playing time-based games.

11/12/20: Collaboration

After introducing themselves, children worked together in an array of fun yet educational activities which emphasized collaboration. 

10/17/20: Problem Solving

Kids learned the process of problem solving and critical thinking, skills which are relevant both in and out of school. They tried to solve riddles, actively using the skills they learned during the seminar. 

9/18/20: Interpersonal Skills

The children introduced and talked about themselves, and then learned basics of  social skills and effective interaction. These learned skills were exercised in fun games after the lesson. 

9/12/20: Communication 

The children introduced and talked about themselves, and then learned basics of  social skills and effective interaction. These learned skills were exercised in fun games after the lesson.