$25,000 GRANT FROM COMCAST SUPPORTS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF NEW HAVEN’S NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Grant will provide new skill-building and educational experiences for more than 200 Club members and open doors to new opportunities and brighter futures
NEW HAVEN, December 14, 2015 – The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven (BGCNH) was joined by Mayor Toni Harp and representatives of Comcast on Friday to celebrate the grand opening of the Club’s new “Center of Innovation,” which was built with the help of a $25,000 grant from Comcast. This computer lab will provide Club members with state-of-the-art technology and is being outfitted with brand new top-of-the-line computers, a media center, smart TV, surround sound, tablets, cameras, printer, furniture and a fresh coat of paint. The Center includes project-based, hands-on activities that teach digital literacy, while developing creativity and self-expression. Club members will have ample opportunities to explore, experiment and test their own ideas using these new tools.
In addition, the Center will allow the Club to roll out more programs, like the My.Future technology initiative, a cutting-edge technology education program that provides hands-on experience and enables Boys & Girls Club members to select from more than 40 activities to help them understand how to safely and productively engage online, and identify and develop digital interests – from Internet basics for technology beginners, to robotics, coding, game design and online journalism for advanced learners. Comcast is the Presenting Sponsor of the My.Future technology initiative and in 2015, the Comcast Foundation invested more than $3 million in Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) My.Future technology initiative.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, eighty percent (80%) of jobs in the next decade will require a solid foundation of technical skills. Based on these statistics, it is imperative that BGCNH provide resources that helps better prepare Club members for the global workforce. By incorporating innovative digital, group-orientated learning, like the My.Future initiative, the Club will assist young people to strengthen their character development, leadership and college/career readiness skills.
“We are extremely grateful to Comcast and excited about the new opportunities that await our Club members,” said the Club’s Executive Director, Stephanie Barnes. “This grant allowed us to build our “Center of Innovation” that will allow an estimated 200 New Haven-area youth to experience new and stimulating programs, like the My.Future initiative, that combine education, technology, workforce preparation and the arts.”
“We’re pleased to support the New Haven Boys & Girls Club and thank them for all they do in the New Haven community,” said Kristen Roberts, Vice President of Public Relations and Community Investment for Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Connecticut. “Comcast is dedicated to expanding digital literacy, promoting service and building tomorrow’s leaders, and support of this technology center helps to bridge the digital divide so that all students have access to computers and the internet, along with the training to understand how to use them safely.”
About the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven
The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is one of the largest youth serving organizations in the city, serving nearly 1,000 children and youth each year. The Club provides programs for children and teens ages 5 to 18, including an After School Program, Summer Vacation Camp, and “The Club” for teens. Core program activity includes Fitness and Recreation, Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, and the Arts, as well as computer technology. In addition, the Club conducts an extensive program of team sports for children and teens.
About Comcast Corporation:
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
About Comcast in Connecticut:
Comcast is committed to providing an unparalleled entertainment experience to residents and businesses in the 83 communities the company serves in Connecticut. Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes five states, is headquartered in Berlin, Connecticut, and customers are served by a team of more than 1,200 Connecticut employees. Comcast also boasts a call center in Enfield, Connecticut, service centers throughout the state, and six state-of-the-art Xfinity Service Centers where customers can experience Comcast’s Xfinity products and services firsthand. Comcast’s popular Xfinity brand is also featured on the Xfinity Theatre, one of Hartford’s premier music venues. The company helps to strengthen the communities where its customers and employees live and work by supporting local nonprofit organizations. In 2014, Comcast provided more than $1.3 million to community partners in the state, in the form of Comcast Foundation grants, sponsorships, volunteer hours, courtesy services and in-kind donations.