BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PORTER COUNTY RECEIVES $5,000 TECHNOLOGY GRANT FROM COMCAST
Club Tech Impact Grants Will Provided Digital Arts programs to Porter County Youth
Youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County will have greater access to fun and innovative technology programs thanks to the Club Tech Impact Grants provided by Comcast and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The $5,000 grant will allow Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County to take its technology programming to the next level with new activities and programs aimed to enhance technology skills among youth at each of their four Clubs in Valparaiso, South Haven, Portage and Duneland.
With this grant, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County will expand their digital arts program, Image Makers, and create a staff development training and program curriculum for each of their Clubs.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant which will expand the opportunities our Clubs have to engage our members in fun and exciting technology activities. With access to cutting edge equipment and programs, our young people are provided with the knowledge and tools to compete in a technology-driven world,” said Ryan Smiley, Director of Operations for Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County. “We appreciate the support from Comcast and our other funders, ArcelorMittal, Best Buy Children’s Foundation and United Way of Porter County’s Power of Youth Council for their generous contributions to our technology programs.”
Seventeen Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, will receive the $5,000 grants that will be matched by an additional $2,500 from local donors. Comcast also provided 20 Clubs with Club Tech Impact Grants last spring. The grants allow Clubs to purchase additional equipment, software or fulfill a fun, innovative project idea related to program areas like digital arts, robotics or career development. Selected Clubs were accepted through an application process and required to have some level of technology programming already in place.
“The Club Tech program plays a vital role in providing computer training in those communities that need it most,” said Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President of Community Investment at Comcast and President of the Comcast Foundation. “Comcast is thrilled to support Boys & Girls Clubs as we focus on expanding digital literacy across the country.”
Currently, nearly one million youth and teens participate in Club Tech every year at more than 3,600 Boys & Girls Clubs around the world. Club Tech provides youth and staff with basic and advanced tech skills needed to succeed in a technology-driven world.
For more information on Club Tech and to view success stories please visit www.bgca.org/clubtech.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County has been serving youth since 1971. The Clubs provide high quality programs for nearly 5,000 boys and girls in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, the arts and sports, fitness and recreation.
For more information on membership, volunteer opportunities or to make a tax deductible donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, please contact your local Club, call (219) 464-7282 or visit
www.bgcpoco.org. Great Futures Start HERE.
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About Club Tech
Club Tech was created by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org/clubtech) and Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) in 2000 to technologically enable Clubs worldwide, transforming Clubs from "swim and gym" to "point and click" destinations. Partnering with longtime supporter Comcast (www.comcast.com) and Microsoft, BGCA provides technology program access to some 4 million youth served through Club membership and community outreach at nearly 4,000 Clubs. By leveling the virtual playing field, kids of all ages and circumstances now have access to the same resources and skills to help them discover their world, expand creativity, perform better in school, and eventually take their technology know-how into the workplace.
(photo and article provided by Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County)
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