150 Days of Programming

150 Days of Programming was designed for frontline workers of critical-hours programs to assist them in easily integrating quality, skill-building activities into their programming. The entirety of the activities and resources are hosted on this unique website, allowing 24/7 access. Having an autonomous web presence for such a resource provides each program with the flexibility to incorporate into programs as each deems fit. As well, a guidebook and the associated template resources are available for download and printing.

What’s included in this programming tool?

  • A guidebook complete with activities organized by areas of development and under the 3 pillars of critical hours programming. While the activities do not specify ages or levels, there are recommendations for how to modify the activity in order to increase or decrease difficulty.
  • Resources and templates to accompany select activities (only available online for self-printing).
  • Tips for successful program planning and further supporting participants in their skills development.
  • Links to additional resources and third party programming tools to work in tangent with 150 Days of Programming.

How to use the Guidebook

Purpose

There are several headings used to organize the content under each activity and help you to lead them. The purpose of each activity is set in bold text directly below the activity title. It provides a brief description of what the activity does while highlighting the areas of development that the activity focuses on.

Symbols

For each activity, the skills icons will appear within the right-hand side of the yellow title box at the top of the page.

Materials

Outlines the supplies required for carrying out activity. For any activities that require templates, to print, it will be indicated here in bold. The templates can be accessed online for download and printing.

Framing

Helps you set the stage for the activity so that the participants know what to expect and understand the context of the activity and conversation to follow.

Instructions

Clearly numbered steps involved in leading the activity with your group of participants.

Modify

A few suggestions for how to adapt the activity to suit a range of factors (ie. Group size, physical ability, additional skill development, etc.).

Safety

Outlines any associated risks, encourages boundaries and guidelines, and ensures emotional and physical safety during the activity.

 

Wrap-up

Ending the activity by encouraging the participants to interpret the meaning behind the activity through reflection, debrief, or explorative questions.



The Ottawa Child & Youth Initiative would like to acknowledge its partners for continued support: