The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven (BGCNH) and Concepts for Adaptive Learning (CfAL) are excited to announce a new, two-part collaboration to expand their programs for local children, teens and adults.

Fueled by a $15,000 grant from Comcast NBCUniversal, CfAL will be incorporating their ‘Tech for Teens’ curriculum into BGCNH’s long-established after-school program during the 2021/2022 school year. The Boys & Girls Club programming is designed to increase academic success, citizenship, and overall physical and mental health. Through this collaboration, Club members will also increase their digital literacy skills, building technology skills that will foster success in school and later career. Three engaging pathways will be available to local youth: website and blog development, video and photo editing, and robotics and coding.

“We are truly delighted to partner with such an innovative program as Concepts for Adaptive Learning. Their curriculum is vital to preparing our members for today’s world that is technologically driven. I am confident that together we are preparing our youth for a brighter and better future” stated Barbara Chesler, Interim Executive Director.

To best serve the BGCNH community, CfAL is opening an additional computer lab in their Columbus Avenue Clubhouse. The Club’s technology space is largely unused prior to 2 pm, allowing CfAL not only be on site to work with youth enrolled in the After-School program but also bring its popular adult and family programming to the Hill neighborhood. With the goal of eliminating the digital literacy gap for low-income households, CfAL’s Technology & Computer Training for Adults program provides FREE technology classes and resources to low-income residents, helping them build computer skills needed to be competitive in the workforce. Participants who do not have a working computer can qualify to receive one at the end of the program.

“Collaborating with BGCNH, we are thrilled to increase access to technology education for more New Haven youth, while also expanding opportunities for residents in the Hill neighborhood of New Haven. This partnership will increase access to technology education to more New Haven residents – of all ages.”, stated Jennifer Ricker, Executive Director of CfAL.