If you've gotten this far but haven't read the entire "about" section, you may be wondering what this is. Which is completely fair. I'll tell you. The entirety of this blog is dedicated to spillings about our not-for-profit youth makerspace known as the 4C Centre. It's a magical little dot on the map somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere in the heart of a city known as Christchurch, which you may or may not be familiar with. Our makerspace however you are likely not to be familiar with yet- but you soon will be, so don't worry.
The whole idea of this place started in the mind of Josie Ogden-Schroeder, YMCA Christchurch's CEO: a bright, bold and inspiring human being who dreamed and schemed this into existence over the course of a couple of years. She had help along the way in various moments but largely this was her brainchild, project, baby, initiative- standing closely by the mission statement that the YMCA boasts, "investing in the next generation".
The 4C Centre is a place where young people from all walks of life between the ages of 15-25- that vulnerable time of life that we all know can be severely challenging- can come join up and get an access card to the space all day every day (well, working on the full 24 hour bit but we will get to that in a later post!) and create all sorts of wonderful things.
We have: 3D Printers, CNC routers, Laser cutters, Virtual reality, so many computers, full adobe creative suite, flashy cameras and microphone for making movies, podcasts, youtube videos and so on. The list is immense and frankly I don't even have a full grasp on the potential of creation here. I try daily to understand but it's infinite and infinity is a difficult concept to grasp even if we think we get it. It wows us again and again. It's one of those weird things in life that feel just so much bigger than we (and it is just that).
The name of the 4C Centre comes from the 4 main qualities which are most relevant to the current job market: Communication, Curiosity, Critical Thinking and Creativity.
We aim to grow these qualities in all of the young people who walk through our door by giving them the best tools and resources, workshops, mentors and friendly smiles. Sometimes just a bit of a sit-down and chat about what's going on in their lives is the most helpful thing we can do.
So why am I blogging about this place?
Lots of crazy things happen here and they are so freaking cool that they deserve to be recorded in the database of the world. Also for those out there who are a. already involved in a makerspace, b. want to create or get involved with one or c. have any interest in them whatsoever (or d. are not interested per se but could use a bit of inspiration in their lives) THIS IS FOR YOU. I'm here to recount all of our failures as well as successes, what works, what doesn't, what makes this place have heart and soul and what seems to cause spells of silence in what should be a lively place.
So I really hope you enjoy this, or find your questions answered. If you have specific Q's though, I would love an email! If you send an email I will get back to you. If I get enough questions, I will make a blog post dedicated to answering them all, keeping them anonymous. If I keep getting questions, it will become a regular post.
Thank you for reading this and good luck with your inspiration. Don't give up, fail fast, and keep putting your soul into projects that fulfill you- it won't let you down at the end of it all.