Working youth in this densely-populated city have an opportunity to learn through technology in a safe space, 24 hours a day.
In Harlem, New York, a technology center in the heart of a community undergoing a renaissance contributes to the sense of moving forward.
In Half Moon Bay, California, children of Mexican-American farm workers come to record songs or make computer animations and, in the process, learn technical skills that will open their eyes to a world of opportunities.
On opposite sides of the United States, and on the other side of the globe, these communities are among the more than 40 now being served by an Intel Computer Clubhouse. Although each clubhouse is unique, all serve youth most at risk of being left out of the digital age because of poverty. In these community-based centers, technology makes dreams possible.
In New Delhi, for instance, Intel has teamed with a community-based organization called Katha to provide a clubhouse for children who must work to support their impoverished families. "Imagine trying to convince the parents of a child who is sent to work to help support the family that education is critical to that child's well-being," says Roma Arellano, manager of Worldwide Community Education for Intel. "Katha has been able to make that case. This clubhouse," Arellano says, "is among the most special in our network."
The clubhouse in Half Moon Bay, a coastal community in Northern California, has been developed as a partnership involving Intel, Peninsula Family YMCA, and Moonridge Housing Community. Moonridge Clubhouse Coordinator Mandy Clothier, a former teacher with a master's degree in educational technology, sees great benefits coming from the informal opportunities for learning that the clubhouses provide.