Lakewood, WA — On August 4, three youth from the Lakewood Computer Clubhouse will travel to Boston, Massachusetts, joining 300 others from 20 countries in a global Teen Summit, hosted by the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network. The youth leaders, who were chosen for their outstanding leadership skills, technical and creative ability, and contributions to their community, are Chris Waggoner, Beatriz Buelna-Alcantar and Paul Caswell.
At the Teen Summit, each of these youth ‚Äúambassadors‚Äù will share ideas, learn new skills, and work together on design projects that address socially conscious challenges such as reducing urban violence and improving the environment. They will have the opportunity to express their ideas with high-end technologies, such as graphic design, animation, digital art, music, radio and video documentaries, and 3-D modeling. While most summit activities will be at Northeastern University, the Museum of Science, Boston will host a ‚ÄúClubhouse-to-College and Career‚Äù Fair August 6, where the youth will explore career options, interact with local college representatives, and meet professionals working in a variety of fields, including engineering, publishing, animation, writing, production, programming, and photography. The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network‚Äôs global headquarters is at the Museum of Science, Boston.
‚ÄúThe goals of the Teen Summit are to inspire Computer Clubhouse youth not only to build hands-on fluency in technology but also to become self-motivated, confident learners through collaborative experiences that spark their interest, expand life skills, and help them become global citizens,‚Äù said Kurt Sample, Clubhouse Coordinator. ‚ÄúThe Clubhouse is about helping young people find their passion and nurture their potential. This year, we challenge them to take it one step farther by focusing their talents on building the future of their communities.‚Äù
The Teen Summit, which begins August 5th, and ends August 10th, is funded by the Intel Foundation, with additional support from Adobe Systems, the Equal Footing Foundation, MIT, the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, the Museum of Science, Boston, and For??ige, a youth services organization based in Ireland.
The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network is a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment, now in it‚Äôs 15th anniversary year, where young people from under-served communities work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, build confidence, develop 21st century skills, and find pathways to success through the use of technology. Clubhouse members also learn to give back to their communities in ways that help them build self-esteem, teach them respect for others, and foster commitment to community service.
Since 1993, when the program was founded in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab and the Museum of Science, Boston, the first Computer Clubhouse has served as a model. The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network has now grown to over 100 Clubhouses connecting youth in 21 countries across the world. Every two years, youth leaders from these Clubhouses gather in Boston for a global Teen Summit. The Clubhouse learning model now is being replicated in many other community organizations across the world. For more information visit www.computerclubhouse.org.
Now in its seventh year, the Lakewood Clubhouse represents a creative partnership between Pierce College and the Clover Park School District. The Clubhouse is proud to be keeping Lakewood‚Äôs Promise, providing a safe after-school and summer environment where members can learn new skills. The Computer Clubhouse is located in the Lake City Neighborhood at the Harrison Preparatory School. For more information visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/clubhouse.