A youth-driven digital storytelling program to capture cyberbullying stories from our city and to develop open-source digital skill building activities to empower youth to prevent, navigate and intervene in electronic bullying.


In 2016, Hive Toronto became a recipient of the Canadian Internet Registry Agency (CIRA)  Community Investment Program, a program designed to give back to the community by supporting initiatives and programs that help build a better online Canada. With the support of CIRA, Hive Toronto launched the Ca.pture Project, a youth-driven, digital storytelling program for educators designed to share the stories from our city using multiple lenses: survivor, bully, witness, and intervenor. Ca.pture Project, a 3 tiered project, involves youth from inception to execution. The project is a joint collaboration between the YWCA Toronto, Youth Empowering Parents (YEP) and Mozilla Staff and educators. The Hive Toronto Youth Council developed open-source digital skill building activities designed to empower their peers to prevent, navigate and intervene in electronic bullying.

Ca.pture Youth Council working together on the “Tower Building” activity, illustrated by Lena Xu.


The Youth Council outreach began in October 2016, with the first of five co-design sessions commencing on the last Saturday of the month. The remaining four sessions were spread out until February 2017, with an additional facilitation training for the Youth Council to learn and equip themselves with the necessary skills, tools and resources to lead their own workshops in the Capture March Break Youth-Led Camp. This camp happened over the course of three consecutive days in mid March, 2017.



Project facilitators, YWCA Toronto, YEP and Hive Toronto began outreach in October 2017, creating both online and physical forms for youth to apply to be part of the Youth Council. In this form, youth explained their interest and commitment to advocating for a safer web community and better dialogue involving young people and cyberbullying. Benefits offered to the youth council included an honorarium gift card, a letter of recommendation from Mozilla and the opportunity to create workshops and tools on cyberbullying. In addition, all food and transportation was provided. This was important to ensure we eliminated enough barriers to allow a diverse group of youth to be able to apply and participate in the project. Capture youth council was created with 12 youth participants, seven from each community partner.


The group participated in five co-design sessions, held over a period of four months, community partners, youth council and Mozilla staff met on Saturdays for four hour workshops. The first workshop introduced the project to the Capture Youth Council, discussing what the community partner and Mozilla staff roles were to be and the overall vision for the project. Other important topics covered was creation of safe space, a community agreement (a list of statements reflecting the respect and intentions that both facilitators and youth collaboratively create and commit to for the duration of the project), finding a safe word together which would indicate if someone felt uncomfortable and self care exercises. Following that was an open dialogue of what cyber-bullying means, creating a collective definition with Dot-Mocracy, an exercise in which each person in the group shares a statement and everybody is given three sticker dots to use as votes, indicating what they feel is the most relatable. All the statements with the most dots form the collective definition. The second session gave space for the youth council to learn what Thimble is as a platform, the language of coding and how it can help tell their story. We dove into  conversation about privacy, anonymity and user design, citing existing websites, apps and other platforms youth use and what they dislike or like about each. The third and fourth session focused on creating content, learning to voice their personal narratives and bring their stories into Thimble. The final session gave time for the youth council to wrap up their stories and begin to design workshops for teaching their peers in the community. Throughout the sessions ice-breaker activities such as: tower building, ball game and the picnic game helped youth learn more about each other in a relaxed and fun environment. Additionally, self care exercises such as: blind contour drawing, creating I AM poems and a gallery walk was peppered in to provide space to decompress and relieve any stresses that often come up when dealing with sensitive memories and topics.


In an additional one day facilitation training session YWCA Toronto, YEP and Hive Toronto shared relevant experiences, tips and exercises for teaching others and sharing knowledge. Taking the original design of workshops from the Capture Youth Council sessions, youth worked together with community partners to create a similar structure that accommodated 20+ youth learners, running for 3 consecutive days, with 5 youth facilitators leading discussions and exercises. The youth council organized the schedule and added in ice-breakers, games and exercises that they felt the most connected to during their own learning experience. Other facilitation resources and tools were provided for youth to reference and utilize during the March Break Camp. We focused on necessary skills for teaching others, such as: public speaking, different ways of learning and organizational needs for learners.


In the second phase of the Capture Project, youth were given agency to lead their own workshop series with their peers. This component was designed to allow youth to take what they learnt from the Capture Youth Council Co-Design sessions and teach it back out to other youth, in a pay-it-forward model. Together with community partners and the youth council, 20+ youth from different communities were brought together in a shared interest of learning to code for social change. During the March Break camp youth facilitators led workshops on safe space, self care, collective definition of cyberbullying, how to share a personal narrative and how to code with Thimble.


In the final stage of the Ca.pture Project, the educator workshop,  gave space to the Ca.pture Youth Council and March Break campers to share what they have learned about cyberbullying, safe space, sharing stories, facilitating peer-to-peer workshops, building a personal narrative and coding for social change. This was designed to allow youth to inform educators, reversing the top-down system of education in acknowledging the need to involve youth at every stage and giving power to the youth’s experience. The educator workshop created an opportunity for youth facilitators in collaboration with YWCA, YEP and Hive Toronto to share the Ca.pture curriculum with community members and educators, to advocate for a better and safer space to deal with and combat electronic bullying.


Youth council coding with Thimble, illustrated by Lena Xu.



Teens ages 13 -17 were recruited to co-design open source digital skill building activities and lead discussions on safe space, what is cyberbullying and how to advocate for a safer web. Participation by teens involved attending five co-design sessions, coding their digital stories and contributing to the cyberbullying discussion.

Ca.pture Youth Council teens:

Abeer, 15

Afshar, 14

Aïssata, 16

Erum, 17

Gwen, 15

Keren, 17

Jawad, 14

Michael, 16

Najeeb, 15

Renolla, 18

Sidra, 18

Tia, 18

Ca.pture March Break Camp Youth Facilitators:

Aïssata, 14

Erum, 17

Keren, 17

Michael, 16

Tia, 18

Alexandrea, 17





A series of Ca.pture Project blog posts were created to follow the process from idea to execution.

Hive Toronto blog posts:

Hive Toronto recipient of CIRA Community Investment Program

Ca.pture: a youth-led digital storytelling project on cyberbullying launches

Coding to Combat Cyber-bullying

Ca.pture Youth Council blog posts:

First Day on the Mission

First Day to Code

First Day in Grounding Ourselves

Storytelling through Thimble

Our Last Day Together

Ca.pture Thimble template for re-mixing:




Ca.pture Project Youth Thimbles

Ca.pture Youth Council:


Mozilla’s Youth-Led March Break Camp / Workshop Thimbles:



Ca.pture Educator Workshop Thimbles:


  • Agazi Afewerki, Co-Founder, Youth Empowering Parents
  • Flora Shum, Project Co-ordinator, Hive Toronto
  • Gideon Thomas, Software Developer, Mozilla Foundation
  • Lena Xu, Youth facilitator and illustrator, YWCA Toronto
  • Shequita Thompson, Program Facilitator, Youth Empowering Parents
  • Simona Ramkisson, Portfolio Strategist, Hive Toronto and Mozilla Foundation
  • Wendy Szeto, Girls’ Center Community Development & Program Facilitator, YWCA Toronto


If you have any questions about the Ca.pture Project, please reach out to Simona Ramkisson,

This project is supported by a grant from Canadian Internet Registry Authority (CIRA) Community Investment Program. CIRA’s Community Investment Program gives back by supporting initiatives and programs that help build a better online Canada.

Lead Organization:
Hive Toronto

Project Goal:
To create a youth-driven, digital storytelling program designed to share the stories from our city using multiple lenses: survivor, bully, witness, and intervenor and to develop open-source digital skill building activities designed to empower their peers to prevent, navigate and intervene in electronic bullying.

Project Tags:
Cyberbullying, Professional Development, Youth Development & Leadership