Intel Computer Clubhouses represent Promise Places from coast to coast

From the San Francisco Bay area to Boston, Intel Computer Clubhouses provide a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. In doing so, many of these Clubhouses have been designated Promise Places in 2011. Congratulations to:

A Promise Place can be a school, church, community organization, business or any other place that provides all Five Promises to young people — acting as a hub of holistic services and resources crucial to success. Presented by State Farm Insurance, Promise Places are a critical part of achieving the Grad Nation goal.

The Intel Computer Clubhouses provide all Five Promises along with access to computers and state-of the art technology. Bullying, cyber-bullying and internet safety are addressed as well.

In diverse communities such as San Francisco, culturally competent and linguistically appropriate programs are offered. In Falls Church, Va., the James Lee Computer Clubhouse recently launched a program that also supports local senior citizens. Lakewood Computer Clubhouse features the STEM-ULATING Summer Program that includes a variety of weekly science, technology, engineering, math and media projects designed to stimulate curiosity and creativity as well as encourage teamwork. All of the Clubhouses support students’ school work and help prepare them for success after high school graduation.

L.D., a young man from Miami-Dade said, “the things I get out of coming to the YWCA Computer Clubhouse are, learning how to be a leader, learning the technology and having fun with the field trips. I liked how last year I got to go to Boston to M.I.T. to see all the new technology they have that’s coming out. Like, the new computer that you use your fingers to open the screen and you can type right into the air; it’s like Star Wars because it’s futuristic!”

Recently, the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network announced that it is sponsoring a competition for its members to create and submit an original film concept no longer than three minutes about the high school dropout crisis. The winner(s) will receive an expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to attend and participate in America’s Promise Alliance’s Building a Grad Nation Summit, March 18-22, 2012.