Transcript: Children's Own Museum | Dec 15, 2002

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A capital V letter rotates inside a bold silver circle in the middle of the screen. A series of images show girls and boys talking to a homeless man, feeding an elderly woman, helping a little girl get into a pool, walking a dog, taking care of a rabbit, instructing an old man on how to use a computer and walking in line as they speak. The title appears on screen: “V Circle. Teens who volunteer.”

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A series of fast clips show the different boards that divide the many areas inside the Children’s Own Museum.

Next, Lyndsey appears on screen setting a series of baskets ready and helping a little kid put on a costume. She’s 18 years old and volunteers at the Children’s Own Museum. Lyndsey has short straight brown hair in a bob and wears blue jeans, a black turtleneck, and a staff member T-shirt on top.

She says
I'VE BEEN VOLUNTEERING WITH
THE CHILDREN'S OWN MUSEUM
SINCE THIS PAST JANUARY.
IT'S A NOT-FOR-PROFIT
ORGANIZATION THAT
TARGETS CHILDREN
AGES 1 THROUGH 8.
IT'S A PLACE FOR HANDS-ON
LEARNING TO DEVELOP
THEIR SENSES AND TO ENGAGE
THEM IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT.
IT'S JUST A PLACE I'M REALLY
PROUD TO BE CONNECTED WITH
BECAUSE THEY HAVE A
CAUSE I REALLY SUPPORT.

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As she speaks, new clips show Lyndsey giving directions to parents, playing with kids and assisting others. The staff member T-shirt she wears has a red sign print with two smiley faces holding hands and a tag on top that reads “Volunteer.”

Lyndsey says
IN MOST MUSEUMS CHILDREN
ARE THERE JUST TO LOOK AT
THE EXHIBITS AND
JUST TO WATCH THEM.
BUT IN THIS MUSEUM,
IT'S REALLY ALL ABOUT
BEING HANDS-ON AND RIGHT
THERE AND INTERACTIVE.
AND THAT'S JUST SO
THAT THEY LEARN MORE
AND LEARN THROUGH
THE ACTUAL DOING,
WHICH IS REALLY
IMPORTANT.
SO HERE WE HAVE THE MARKET
WHERE THEY CAN BUY SHOES
AND INTERACT AND
BUY AND SELL.

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A series of new clips shows the kids playing, touching objects, assembling structures and ringing bells.

Lyndsey says
I THINK IN THIS DAY AND
AGE IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT
FOR CHILDREN TO HAVE
A PLACE TO COME
WHERE THEY CAN FOSTER
THEIR CREATIVITY
AND DEVELOPMENT AND USE
THEIR IMAGINATION ACTIVELY,
AND ALSO, HAVE A PLACE TO COME
AND INTERACT WITH THEIR PARENTS.
A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE
REALLY HECTIC SCHEDULES.

The screen shows Lyndsey meeting with other staff members.

Lyndsey says
I COME IN EVERY SUNDAY TO
SO WE COME IN, HAVE A
MEETING AND SET UP THE SPACE
FOR CHILDREN SO
IT'S READY TO PLAY.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
AND HOW MUCH
WILL THAT BE?
TO MAKE IT A FUN
EXPERIENCE FOR THEM,
I MAY GO AND ORDER
FROM THE RESTAURANT
OR MAY GO BUY SOMETHING
IN THE MARKET
OR DRESS UP FOR THEM
IN THE THEATRE.
AND JUST TO HELP AND BE
A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL
AND A POSITIVE PERSON.
I CHOSE TO VOLUNTEER WITH
THE CHILDREN'S OWN MUSEUM,
BECAUSE I'VE ALWAYS ENJOYED
WORKING WITH CHILDREN
AND ALSO IT PROVIDES
GREAT EXPERIENCE
AS I WANT TO BECOME
A PAEDIATRIC NURSE.
SO BEING HERE AND INTERACTING
WITH THE CHILDREN ALLOWS ME
TO SEE DIFFERENT STAGES
OF DEVELOPMENT AND
THE EMOTIONS OF CHILDREN
AND HOW THEIR PARENTS
INTERACT WITH THEM AND
THAT WILL BE SOMETHING
I CAN USE IN THE FUTURE
AND COME BACK ON.

As she speaks, the screen shows the kids playing, Lindsay wearing costumes and interacting with them.

Lyndsey says
WHEN PEOPLE ARE AWARE THAT
YOU'VE BEEN A VOLUNTEER,
THEY KNOW YOU'RE A
COMMITTED AND RESPONSIBLE
AND MOTIVATED PERSON,
BECAUSE YOU'RE DOING IT
OF YOUR OWN ACCORD
AND ON YOUR OWN TIME.
AND THEY LOOK REALLY
POSITIVELY UPON THAT.
AND THAT WILL BE GREAT IN
THE FUTURE WHEN APPLYING
TO DIFFERENT SCHOOLS
OR FOR JOBS AS WELL.
SINCE I'VE STARTED VOLUNTEERING
AT THE CHILDREN'S OWN MUSEUM,
I'VE REALLY LEARNED
TO BE PART OF A TEAM
AND TO WORK WITH
OTHER FACILITATORS.
THERE'S THINGS LIKE PATIENCE
AND HOW TO INTERACT
WITH CHILDREN AND
SHOW THEM POSITIVELY
AND ENCOURAGE THEM
POSITIVELY.
AND TO FOCUS MORE
ON THE PROCESS,
RATHER THAN THE PRODUCT.

Lyndsey sits at a small table to play with a kid as his father watches. They use food and a plastic fork and knife to practice.

Lyndsey says
YOU DID A VERY GOOD JOB
COOKING, THANK YOU.

The Kid says
YOU HAVE TO CUT
LIKE THIS.

Lyndsey says
I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD
CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING
BECAUSE IT'S A REALLY GOOD WAY
ALSO, YOU CAN CHOOSE
DIFFERENT VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
TO CATER TO YOUR
HOBBIES OR NEEDS
OR WHATEVER TIME
COMMITMENT YOU CAN MAKE;
IT MAY BE THREE HOURS A WEEK;
IT MAY BE THREE HOURS A MONTH.
AS YOU'RE DOING IT, YOU'RE
GOING TO BE DEVELOPING
YOUR OWN SKILLS AS WELL AS
DEVELOPING THE SKILLS
OF ANOTHER PERSON.
VOLUNTEERING MAKES ME
FEEL REALLY GOOD
BECAUSE I KNOW THAT I'M
IMPROVING SOCIETY
AND HELPING BEING A
POSITIVE PERSON IN SOCIETY.
EVEN IF IT HELPS TO BETTER
SOCIETY ONE CHILD AT A TIME,
YOU MAY BRIGHTEN THEIR DAY OR
BRING A SMILE TO THEIR FACE
OR SHOW THEM SOMETHING NEW
OR A NEW KIND OF HOBBY
OR A NEW WAY OF
LOOKING AT SOMETHING.
AND THEY MAY TAKE THAT WITH THEM
FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.
JUST BEING PART OF THAT
DEVELOPMENT AND THAT
CREATION IS REALLY
IMPORTANT TO ME.

The clips show the kids in a play, dancing, wearing costumes, and having fun.

Lyndsey says
ONE THING THAT I'VE TAKEN AWAY
FROM VOLUNTEERING AT THE MUSEUM
IS THE WAY CHILDREN GO ABOUT
LEARNING AND PROCESSING
AND LIVING THEIR
DAY-TO-DAY LIVES.
THEY'RE VERY MUCH
IN THE MOMENT
AND ENJOY PLAYING
AND HAVING FUN,
AND DOING THINGS
WITHOUT INHIBITION.
CHILDREN REALLY HAVE
THE ABILITY TO DO THAT;
THAT'S SOMETHING YOU TRY AND
MIMICKING IN YOUR OWN LIFE.
IT'S SUCH A POSITIVE
THING TO DO
AND A POSITIVE WAY
TO LIVE.

The play ends and everybody claps.

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The end credits roll.

A production of TVOntario.

The Ontario Educational Communications Authority, 2002.

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