Lacombe’s Jo(E) Social Media opening Youth Creative to nurture online dreams

Lacombe’s Jo(E) Social Media opening Youth Creative to nurture online dreams

Youth Creative designed to help kids explore entrepreneurship within social media

Jo(e) Social Media is opening a Youth Creative in the heart of downtown Lacombe which they hope will help nurture the online entrepreneurial dreams of kids.

”We developed the Jo(e) Youth Creative because we have been speaking in schools for about four years and one of the repeated themes was that kids lacked mentorship as far as opportunities in social media. We decided to develop the Youth Creative as a place they can come to learn all of that and be supported, rather than being told it is stupid,” Jo Phillips, co-owner of Jo(e) Social Media said.

Phillips and her business partner Joe Whitbread would often see kids aspirations of being a YouTube star, a TikTok creator or a Twitch streamer go unappreciated by adults. To them, wanting to be a social media star is no different than kids wanting to be rockstars, Hollywood actors or professional athletes.

“We are introducing Jo(e) Youth Creative, which is a place where there is an opportunity to mentor kids in entrepreneurship opportunities within social media platforms they are using, but have no guidance in,” Whitbread said.

The Youth Creative is designed to be a free service for young people, with funding coming from community partnerships and sponsorships.

“We operate as a social enterprise and we have a side of our business that generates income. A piece of that income goes towards supporting programs. We rely on community partnerships and we will be seeking that out once we can get this space going in the way it is meant to be,” Phillips said.

One potential future partnership is with Lacombe’s Mary C. Moore Public Library.

“We are working on a joint digital literacy program with them, along with a makerspace. They will provide the digital resources and run reading programs and then the kids will come over here and produce digital book reports, public speaking reports and then they will present it over there. They want to develop a youth speaker series,” Phillips said.

The space is also designed to support seniors and other demographics as well.

“This was meant to be a community space. It was designed to be accessible for the the community, where if they wanted to use the training room or digital assets, they could. If they want to a do a Facebook Live they could come here in do it; if they needed space for a function for their organization — they could come here,” she said.

Another aspect of the space would be to create in-person spaces for debates started online.

“Our idea was to have a put your money-where-your-mouth-is space. It can be easy to Tweet back and forth, but why couldn’t we have a Thursday night where two people who don’t necessarily know each other, talk about it in person?,” Whitbread asked.

Phillips said the for-profit side of Jo(e) Social Media will help support the Youth Creative and they are hoping to launch, with restrictions, when Phase 2 of Alberta’s relaunch begins.

“We are excited to see it operate the way it was meant to operate. We know that is probably a couple years away. We appreciate all the support we have for it and we can’t wait to see it in a modified matter. The energy of kids is awesome and we are looking forward to seeing how we can adapt,” Phillips said.

She added, “The Youth Creative will open. It won’t be quite the dream, but it will be close enough.”



todd.vaughan@lacombeexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

(File photo)
MLA Ron Orr on outing of two UCP members

MLAs Drew Barnes and Todd Loewen were voted out on May 13, 2021

Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Alberta adds 1,195 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

Red Deer has dropped to 760 active cases

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is asking Albertans to do their part by observing gathering limits, staying home if unwell, wearing masks and maintaining physical distance. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Three new Central zone COVID-19 deaths, Alberta adds 1,433 cases

Red Deer down to 802 active cases of COVID-19

Alberta’a chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Thursday that there are more than 328,000 vaccine appointments booked over the next seven days. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta surpasses 2 million doses administered of COVID-19 vaccine

Red Deer down to 835 active cases of COVID-19

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney arrives at the 2021 budget in Edmonton, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.
‘We did not unite around blind loyalty to one man’:Kenney faces internal call to quit

Senior backbench member Todd Loewen, in a letter posted on Facebook, called on Kenney to resign

Marc Kielburger, screen left, and Craig Kielburger, screen right, appear as witnesses via video conference during a House of Commons finance committee in the Wellington Building in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The committee is looking into Government Spending, WE Charity and the Canada Student Service Grant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau didn’t violate conflict rules over WE Charity, watchdog says

Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion found that former finance minister Bill Morneau did violate the rules

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. Dr. Ben Chan remembers hearing the preliminary reports back in March of blood clots appearing in a handful of European recipients of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Science on COVID, VITT constantly changing: A look at how doctors keep up

While VITT can represent challenges as a novel disorder, blood clots themselves are not new

Welcoming cowboy boots at the historic and colourful Last Chance Saloon in the ghost town of Wayne near Drumheller, Alta., on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The bar and hotel are up for sale. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘It was a going concern’: Remaining bar and hotel in Alberta coal ghost town for sale

The historic Last Chance Saloon in the ghost town of Wayne in southern Alberta is up for sale

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Restrictions will lift once 75% of Canadians get 1 shot and 20% are fully immunized, feds say

Federal health officials are laying out their vision of what life could look like after most Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19

Chris Scott, owner of The Whistle Stop Cafe, was put in handcuffs after an anti-restriction protest Saturday in the parking lot of the business. (Screenshot via The Whistle Stop Facebook page)
Alberta RCMP investigating possible threat to police after Mirror rally

Online images show RCMP members, vehicles in crosshairs of a rifle

An Israeli attack helicopter launches flares as he flies over the Israeli Gaza border, southern Israel, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Singh calls for halt on Canadian arms sales to Israel as violence escalates in region

Government data shows Canada sent $13.7 million in military goods and technology to Israel in 2019

New homes are built in a housing construction development in the west-end of Ottawa on Thursday, May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Budget’s foreign-homebuyers tax could bring in $509 million over 4 years, PBO says

Liberals are proposing a one per cent tax on vacant homes owned by foreign non-residents

A Canadian flag patch is shown on a soldier’s shoulder in Trenton, Ont., on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The Canadian Forces says it has charged one of its members in the death of an army reservist from British Columbia during a training exercise at a military base in Alberta last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Canadian Forces member charged in death of army reservist during training exercise

Cpl. Lars Callsen has been charged with one count of negligence

Most Read