Thanks for your feedback on our first 100 Kids Kingston meeting. The majority of those of you who responded to our survey had positive feedback, but there is lots of room for us to improve the experience of children and grown-ups. Here are some of your suggestions and comments and how we hope to address them. If you have anything to add, please add a comment on the blog or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for growing with us!
1. How are the charities chosen and what are the guidelines for their presentation?
We want as many charities as possible to have the opportunity to be nominated. Every child can nominate a charity before every meeting by the deadline online here. Then, we randomly choose 3 to present. The more nominations one charity receives, the better the chance that charity will be chosen. We currently have some guidelines (see the bottom of this page) about the content and the length of each charity presentation, but it's up to the charity to get creative if they wish.
2. Why did the activities start at 6:30pm and the meeting start at 7:00pm?
We received a lot of feedback about the timing of the activities and the length of the meeting. At our next meeting, we will have two different sets of activities for ages 4-8 and ages 8-12 so they are more age appropriate and engaging for both boys and girls. We are also working on activities that can be done with your child/children in advance of the meeting too. The activities will start at 6:30pm and the meeting will start around 7:00pm. If you wish to skip the activities, you can just arrive before the meeting.
3. Why was the cheque not $1,690?
Not every child attended our first meeting. The cash that we received from each child was added up and then reported at the end of the meeting. We will be contacting all of those members who couldn't attend the meeting to remind them to please donate their $10 to the Kingston Humane Society directly.
4. Why wasn't the 100 Minute Challenge mentioned at the meeting?
Because we wanted to make sure we had enough time for all three charities to present and then the 100 Kids members time to vote, we didn't have time to talk about the 100 Minute Challenge. We tried to incorporate that theme into the pre-meeting but will try to do a better job to make that part of the activities at our next meeting. We are working on some fun 100 Minute Challenge ideas for kids to do between meetings and we will be sharing those on the website soon.
5. Why wasn't the registration table set up earlier?
The Boys & Girls Club have generously donated the use of their space for free, but they are a busy place! They have after school programs until 6:30pm, so we aren't able to set up our registration tables much before then. We will do our best to have our table set up by 6:15pm so members can get registered and inside to the activities at 6:30pm.
6. Why were some adults talking throughout the meeting?
We realize that many adults like the opportunity to catch up with each other. However, we ask that socializing be kept to the activity room and to try to be quiet if possible, during the meeting portion. The microphone is a bit challenging in that room, so we are working on a different set-up to make sure all speakers can be heard clearly throughout the meeting.
7. Why did you have all of the voting in one area?
We want to be fair to all three charities and make sure it's easy for younger children to vote for their favourite charity. We are discussing moving the voting buckets to another location so it's easier for the children to access.