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Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada-Support Young People

by Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada-Support Young People

Thank you for your generous support of our Game Tech programs.

As reported in the Fall, both our Toronto Kiwanis Club and East Scarborough Club began their Game Tech programs for another year.  Two new Clubs were recently added to host the program – Whitehorse and Local des Jeunes des Jardins Fleuris.  These new Clubs are just getting their programs off the ground.

The children and youth participating in the Toronto Kiwanis and East Scarborough programs are currently in the middle-end stage of developing their games. They have successfully incorporated the ability to combine visual basics with computer programming, and they have come a long way in adding great detail to their games (such as hills, clouds, darkness, etc.).

Game Tech has been a great success so far this year, and continues to be one of the most popular programs offered at the Clubs.  The members challenge each other to be even more creative, and are very interested to see everyone’s final results.

The facilitator at the Toronto Kiwanis Club said: “The class takes on a life of its own – the further we get into the program, the less direction I need to provide.  I incorporate the kids’ ideas into the weekly lessons and challenges.  It’s great fun.”.

Your support of this program allows our young members to gain valuable skills they would not otherwise have learned – opening doors to new opportunities and experiences.

We look forward to updating you on the continued progress of the program in the weeks ahead.

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The fall season has been a busy one for the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club and the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough who started their Game Tech programs back up after the summer break.  Both the new and returning participants of the program are well on their way to creating their very own computer games.

In October, 2012, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada was pleased to announce the two new Clubs that will host the Game Tech program in 2013, in addition to Toronto Kiwanis and East Scarborough.  With the generous financial support of AMD and the AMD Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Whitehorse (YT) and Local des Jeunes des Jardins Fleuris (Sherbrook, QC) will introduce the program starting in January.

The Whitehorse Club is excited for this program as it will give their children and youth a fun, new learning opportunity, especially during the cold winter months.  Getting children and youth engaged during the winter can
be a challenge in the Yukon, but with this program, the Club is confident they will see a large number of children and youth participate, especially as programming like this is hard to find in the Yukon Territory.

Local des Jeunes des Jardins Fleuris is also thrilled to be offering this program.  Not only are they looking forward to introducing their children and youth to computer game programing and design, but are also excited to promote it as a career path as Quebec is home to at least two post-secondary institutes that specialize in this field.

Thank you to our dedicated Global Giving donors who continue to support this initiative.  Children and youth are
greatly benefiting from these new and highly sought after skills that Game Tech provides.

We wish all of you a wonderful and safe holiday!  We look forward to re-connecting in the New Year.

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Progress Report –September 24, 2012


The Game Tech program has started back up for the fall season at the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club and the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough.

Both Clubs have received overwhelming interest in the program and have expanded Game Tech to some of their satellite locations to increase the reach and number of participants. 

In addition, the Toronto Kiwanis Club has offered an additional day per week for youth to work on their games.


A new 9 year-old participant of the program at the Toronto Kiwanis Club recently made this comment about the program – “This is so cool!  I really can’t wait to finish my game so I can play it and show it to my parents”.


With the generous financial support of AMD and the AMD Foundation, two additional Boys and Girls Clubs will be selected in October to run Game Tech.  These two new Clubs will be announced in our next update report.


Your continued support helps to provide our Club members with many unique and valuable skills in introductory programming, principals of game design, and the process of iterative design. 

Thank you for investing in their futures!

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The GameTech program has been a terrific success during its
second year!



The Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club and the Boys and
Girls Club of East Scarborough have both continued running the program on a
weekly basis in 2012.  The Clubs will
close the program for the summer months to focus on their camp programs, and
will start back up in the fall.



Both Clubs have reported that their participants have really
enjoyed the program and have learned skills (such as computer programming and
game design) that have not been provided in their schools.  The Toronto Kiwanis Club has just completed a
video showcasing the work their participants have done over the last
five-months.  The East Scarborough Club’s
program has been so successful that in the fall they plan to offer GameTech at
several of their satellite locations.



Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is very pleased to report
that AMD and the AMD Foundation have provided additional funding for GameTech
which will allow two new Clubs to run the program this coming fall.



The funding provided by AMD and our GlobalGiving donors has
allowed this innovate program to thrive. 
Thank you for your continued support and generosity.  We look forward to providing our next update
in the early fall.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is thrilled with the progress of the GameTech program.

In 2011, BGCC, in partnership with AMD, launched the GameTech pilot program at two Boys and Girls Club locations - Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs and the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough.   During the pilot year, 60 Club members participated in GameTech and created a total of 35 games.

Both Clubs continue to run the program on a weekly basis, due to the positive response of their members and look forward to continuing the program throughout 2012.  One site will introduce the program to their older youth participants while the other Club is planning future ‘game off’ competitions, to showcase what they have learned.

The tremendous support from AMD, and from our individual online GlobalGiving donors, is providing our Club members with many important skill sets - especially in this new digital age - such as systems thinking, introductory programming concepts, principles of game design, and the process of iterative design.  In addition, this program provides young people with access and information pertaining to potential careers in the Gaming sector – providing the opportunity to better their current situation and create the foundation for a successful future.

Thank you for your support of this innovative program.  We look forward to keeping you updated on our continued progress and how our members are benefiting from their participation.

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Location: Toronto, Ontario - Canada
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Bernadette Arreola
Toronto, Ontario Canada

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