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A few words from the apes, monkeys, and various primates that make up the Cheeky Monkey Super Squad.

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  • 2 years 4 months ago

    I think it would be a good idea to paint a brief picture of what the past 6-8 months have looked like for me, in order to provide a little bit more context for my expectations and experience of being an intern at Cheeky Monkey Media.

    The Beginning

    I began my internship at Cheeky Monkey at the end of a five-month coding Bootcamp, called Epicodus, based in Portland, OR.  Before delving into the world of web development, the bulk of my experience was in customer service and outdoor conservation work. 

  • 2 years 5 months ago

    Me! Write a blog!? No Way!

    Let me start off by being completely honest: when I was first asked to write my own blog post for Cheeky Monkey Media (CMM), I was profoundly scared of having to dive into it. I have never really considered myself a “writer” nor had I gone out of my way to write much more than what was required by my high school and early college classes. And that feels like forever ago…

    So I found myself thinking, “I write in languages for machines to understand, why do they want me to write for humans?”

  • 2 years 5 months ago

    Talking to friends and Cheeky Monkey clients who work in non-profits, I’ve learned that grants make up a large chunk of the funding available to nonprofits.

  • 2 years 5 months ago

    If you’re excited about the upcoming website project, or think that tackling the website might be the right step forward for your organization, you may need to get the rest of your team on board. ...especially given that you will need your executive team to help shape the project's direction.

    For more information on planning your nonprofit's website (re)design, check out this guide.

  • 2 years 5 months ago

    I never expected to learn life lessons from sports, but it happened. I started playing organized sports at 4 and haven’t stopped since. I grew up playing hockey, soccer, and basketball, but baseball was always my favorite. I was a command pitcher. A guy that never threw the fastest but rarely missed a target. It took me a long time to figure out how to be successful in the game, but it taught me a lot about myself and how I react in certain situations.

    When I was young, I was a train wreck.

  • 2 years 5 months ago

    I work for a growing business solutions provider. We make our client’s businesses and organizations better using technology.

    As the oldest member of the team (only by a couple of years, in my defense), and because we work in a “have fun, but get the work done” environment, there are comments and names like “Dad” thrown in my direction – but never in a negative or hurtful manner.

  • 2 years 6 months ago

    Even after five and-a-half years of chaos to complete my BBA, I still had zero idea of what I was going to do next — maybe that sounds familiar? Kelowna isn’t exactly a great place to start a career, but I wasn’t ready to depart from the Okanagan (if you don’t know of this place, Google it, visit it, drink the wine produced here — it will blow your mind). I felt quite content in my job as a server and hadn’t put much thought into a career at all.

  • 2 years 6 months ago

    I like to run. A lot. I log more miles than the average bear, which to some people is nuts, but I find it very therapeutic. This mindset comes in handy as I am currently training for a 70 mile, ultra marathon race (it may involve going up and over a mountain).

  • 2 years 6 months ago

    Recently, Cheeky Monkey Media selected two interns from the Epicodus Drupal Development Track. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Epicodus, it is “a vocational school for aspiring programmers” based in Portland, Oregon.

  • 2 years 6 months ago

    Money, something that is not at the forefront for not-for-profits, but is something that is always in the background. This is especially true when you don't have enough of it to start that new initiative. You know the one with the delayed launch. Ya, that one. It's okay, the economy is still tough and grants are not a guarantee. Here’s the thing, you can use your website to stay ahead of other not for profits.

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