By Laura Portier-LaLumiere - Director of Development
Thanks for giving kids computer access!
Most people might think that everyone has a home computer with internet access these days. But, that simply isn’t the case, especially for low-income families like the ones the Club serves. According to Pew Research, among all households, more than 25% do not have home computer internet access. Among low-income families, the number who have no home computer internet access jumps to 47%. Nearly half of low-income households like those the Club serves can’t provide their kids with the educational opportunities that come with having access to the internet and computer technology.
With your help, the Club has 105 computers available for kids to help bridge that gap and make sure that kids from low-income backgrounds are not falling behind their more affluent peers when it comes to technology access and education. Each of our Clubs has a technology lab with 20 or more computers that kids can use to complete their homework. Our teen centers, kindergarten classrooms and even our preschool classrooms are also equipped with computers to help kids learn the latest technology.
This year, we are taking our digital arts programming to the next level and introducing kids to the Adobe Creative Cloud family of programs. Kids had lessons in how to use real world programs like PhotoShop, Illustrator, and more. Kids loved getting to use the same programs as the professionals to bring their creativity and imagination to life on their computer screens.
Thanks to their time at the Club sponsored by generous donors like you, kids can type papers and do internet research to keep up with their homework. They can extend their learning using programs like Khan Academy and Gigi math. They can play fun computer games, learn coding, and lots more. One teen member at our Oak View Branch says, "Without the computers at the Club, I wouldn't be able to be in AP classes at my high school, because I don't have a computer or internet at home and I need it in order to do my homework for my advanced placement classes."
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