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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

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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In partnership with AMD, BGCC ran a pilot of the GameTech program, which was developed by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  GameTech is a two-unit program using principles of active learning to teach children and youth how to develop computer games. The curriculum is designed to expose Club members to a number of important skill sets – systems thinking, introductory programming concepts, principles of game design and the process of iterative design.

Funds were used to provide program support to Clubs (training, support provided by BGCC/BGCA), funding Clubs to pilot the program (funding for staffing, materials, equipment, etc.), as well as the purchase and provision of technology centre equipment at both sites.

Below are a few testimonials from members who experienced the GameTech program first hand!

“Mark” is high school student who has played video games for many years but had never taken the time to understand what happens behind the scenes of game development. He initially felt that the program was going to be boring as he had played multi-level, multi-layered 3D games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. However, as the program entered its second week he realized the complexity of video game development. By the completion of week four “Mark” was engaged in the program and he had an opportunity to import characters in his game development. He was also inspired by reviewing games developed by other youth (from Clubs in the States) who had previously completed the GameTech program. - Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough

“The AMD/GameTech program is very popular at our TP Loblaw (St. Mary’s) location.  Two of our members in particular absolutely love the program.  Nicholas, age 9 and Aiden, age 9.  These two boys spend extra time drawing and re-drawing their characters for their games that they are developing.  They are always asking for extra time in the lab to work on their games. Because of their enthusiasm, we plan on offering the program one more day/week for our members who want to do extra work on their games. - Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs

As both sites now have the equipment and training to be able to deliver the GameTech program, both will continue to offer the program to expanding numbers of participants in future years. One site is leveraging a community volunteer to take the program a step further with older youth to include the design/development of their own characters. Another is planning future ‘game-off’ competitions, to which AMD employees will be invited, to showcase what they have learned!

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2011 continues to be a great year for Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada! As the summer winds to a close and the Fall season grows nearer, we still have much to be excited about! 

We are pleased to announce that in partnership with AMD, the Enhancing Technology for Canada’s Youth: Technology Centers and Game Tech Pilot programs are beginning to rollout.

The pilot Clubs have been selected - Congratulations to Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club and East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club! Both Clubs have received the required materials they need to launch the program(s) and will be commencing shortly. Once again, here is a snapshot of what these programs will look like:

Tech Centers

Technology centers will be established in select Clubs, creating an exciting environment where kids discover new interests in cutting-edge areas of technology such as digital arts, music, and web and graphic design.

Game Tech Program

Game Tech is a two-unit program utilizing principles of active learning to teach how to develop computer games. The curriculum is designed to expose Club members to a number of important skill sets – systems thinking, introductory programming concepts, principles of game design and the process of iterative design.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada are thrilled with this partnership and can’t wait to see how the program rolls out in these Clubs. The Clubs and its children and youth members are equally excited to start!

Once again, thank you for your continued support and for helping change the lives of thousands of children and youth by giving them hope for a brighter future.

 Stay tuned for more exciting updates in the months ahead!

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It has been a great year so far for Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.

This past year is one of continued growth in new programs and Clubs, an expansion of thriving initiatives and celebration of a few milestones.

Every day, Boys and Girls Clubs make our cities and towns better places to grow up and live in by tackling issues that are at the heart of every community. Our programs offer solutions to poverty, child obesity, school failure and dropout, community safety and crime, bullying and more – all issues that impact the well-being of children, youth and families. With your support, we are continuing to provide young people with a safe, supportive bridge in the community between school and home.

In partnership with AMD, the Enhancing Technology for Canada’s Youth: Technology Centers and Game Tech Pilot program will also be commencing in the months ahead once all participating Clubs receive their subsequent materials to launch the program(s). Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is thrilled with this partnership and is eager to get started! Here is a snapshot of what these programs will look like:

Tech Centers

Technology centers will be established in select Clubs, creating an exciting environment where kids discover new interests in cutting-edge areas of technology such as digital arts, music, and web and graphic design.

 

Game Tech Program

Game Tech is a two-unit program utilizing principles of active learning to teach how to develop computer games. The curriculum is designed to expose Club members to a number of important skill sets – systems thinking, introductory programming concepts, principles of game design and the process of iterative design.

Once again, thank you for your continued support and for helping change the lives of thousands of children and youth by giving them hope for a brighter future.

 Stay tuned for more exciting updates in the months ahead!

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

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