Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation are receiving $5,000 Club Tech
Impact grants from the Comcast Foundation to boost their digital
literacy and computer training programs as part of Comcasts $50 million
commitment to the Club Tech program at Boys & Girls Clubs of America
(BGCA). The $200,000 commitment will go to 40 Clubs 20 grants in the
spring and 20 more in the fall,
The funds will be used to support Club Tech, the digital literacy
initiative Comcast co-sponsors with Microsoft that provides youth and
teens with access to technology software, program materials and digital
training. The program also incorporates technology into the Clubs
operations and management tools, creating a long-term development plan
for the Clubs and their future members.
The Club Tech program aligns perfectly with one of Comcasts key
community initiatives: taking aim at the digital divide by making
digital literacy and computer training available where it is needed
most, Charisse Lillie, President of the Comcast Foundation, said. We
are happy to join Microsoft in support of these efforts at Boy & Girls
Clubs across the country.
In 2010, Comcast joined founding sponsor Microsoft as a national sponsor
of the Club Tech program and by the end of 2013 will have provided
approximately $50 million of financial and in-kind support to BGCA and
local Clubs across the country. Since 2010, Comcast provided more than
$2 million to nearly 200 local Clubs along with $18.5 million of in-kind
support in the form of PSA airtime and donated products.
In addition to its support for the BGCA’s Club Tech program, Comcast has
donated computers to create labs in many of the Clubs and has also
provided key grants and financial support to other BGCA initiatives and
The support we receive for Club Tech has allowed Boys & Girls Clubs
across the country to provide youth with digital access and
opportunities that may not otherwise be available at school or at home,
said Dan Rauzi, senior director of technology programs at BGCA. Along
with Microsoft, Comcast support allows our Clubs and the young people we
serve to enhance technology skills necessary for a successful future.
So far, nearly one million young people have been served through the
Club Tech programs and given access to its resources. In 2011, BGCA, in
partnership with Microsoft and Comcast, launched Faces
of the Future, an online campaign that features Club Tech
participants and promotes the value of providing technology access and
opportunities to youth.
Club Tech is just one of the digital initiatives Comcast has undertaken
to address the Digital Divide and the need to provide better broadband
access to more low-income Americans. Comcast believes digital literacy
powers the dreams of opportunity, and is an essential step on the
pathway to information and success.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999
to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The
Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive,
sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three
community investment priorities promoting community service, expanding
digital literacy and building tomorrows leaders. Since its inception
the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $90 million to
organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More
information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/neighborhood.
More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has
enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as
productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, nearly 4,000 Boys &
Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club
membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns,
public housing and on Native American lands throughout the
country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on
U.S. military installations worldwide. Clubs provide a safe place,
caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth
development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours.
Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and
citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57
percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are
located in Atlanta. Learn more at bgca.org/facebook