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March 12, 2010

What’s New at the Computer Clubhouse?

There are so many great activities happening at the Computer Clubhouse right here at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services! Youth, ages 10-18, enrolled in the program flock to the Computer Clubhouse daily after school where they receive additional academic assistance and learn cutting-edge computer-based skills utilizing top software and program applications. In fact there is so much happening at the Computer Clubhouse that Program Manager, Mr.Charles, and Program Assistant, Michelle So, decided to divide the program into three modules from which each participant can choose his or her individual focus.

The first of three ongoing modules Computer Clubhouse participants can select as their focus is known as the Academic Assistance Module. In this module youth receive extra help with homework and one-on-one tutoring along with regular use of Clubhouse computers. The second module, Computer Clubhouse, allows participants to utilize Clubhouse software to learn skills such as basic computer animation, music and video production, and graphic design. Youth compile their work in a portfolio. The third module is Animation Academy in which youth are trained on a host of professional 3D animation software which they use to create 3D digital imagery, visualizations, scenes, and visual effects. With so many options for exploring technology and learning valuable skills, it is great that Clubhouse participants have the freedom to explore their own focus in one of three modules.

The Computer Clubhouse provides a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people from underserved communities work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. Computer Clubhouse is all about connections, not only throughout the international community of 100 Computer Clubhouses located in 20 different countries around the world, but also linking youth to their communities and opportunities to explore college or career in the future. The Clubhouse-to-College/Clubhouse-to-Career Program, also known as C2C, empowers Clubhouse participants to explore career and college opportunities to use and develop their technology skills and education in the future. As part of C2C, the Computer Clubhouse at SFBFS is planning a fieldtrip to VSP Vision Services in Rancho Cordova to see the career opportunities and technology utilized in this field and also to explore the possibility of establishing a scholarship for the winner of a video production competition.

For more information about enrollment in Computer Clubhouse or to learn about Computer Training for adults and seniors, check out our website,

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