Friday, June 10, 2011

Please Help Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Back when I was working outside the home and had young children to care for, I was very involved with volunteer work. One of the organizations that I helped frequently was our local Boys and Girls Club. Our main local fundraiser was a bowling activity, and we raised enough money one year to provide the local school with funds to feed all children under the Free and Reduced Price lunch program. Our subsidy of the program didn't require income verification, so the kids whose families just missed the mark for being eligible were still able to be covered. We also provided enough funds for a summer meal program so that area kids and families could come to the school each weekday for a hot meal for the entire summer.
This organization really does a lot to help kids, so I wanted to share with you the information on this new program, and I hope you take a moment to click over to Facebook and "like" them!
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), in partnership with Microsoft and Comcast, has launched the Faces of the Future campaign (www.facesofthefuture.org), designed to raise awareness about the importance of digital literacy. The campaign features youth from across America who have been positively impacted by the Club Tech program and shows how technology can transform lives.
Historically, Boys & Girls Clubs have been known as safe, affordable places where parents could send their kids to play sports, swim and get help with their homework. But now they are much more than that. The Club Tech program helps prepare young people through technology, tapping into the potential of future journalists, graphic designers, engineers and photographers.
Boys & Girls Club members, age 6-18, learn various skills from word processing and presentations to music production and filmmaking. Nearly 1 million kids and teens participate in the Club Tech program at more than 3,600 Boys & Girls Clubs around the world. Research has shown that participants not only learned the fundamentals of computers, but they also discovered how to harness technology in a way that made them more literate in current affairs and other topics that spill over from school and home.
Throughout the campaign, the Faces of the Future Showcase will feature artwork, music and films created by youth using the Club Tech digital arts curriculum. People all over the world will have the opportunity to see what young people can accomplish through technology when given access to the right tools and opportunities!
Speaking of accomplishments, Boys & Girls Clubs of America needs your help in reaching an important milestone--35,000 fans on Facebook! For every 10 likes they get, a Club member will receive Microsoft Office 2010. By clicking the "like" button, you're not only showing your support for an amazing cause, but you're literally putting tools in the hands of children who need them most.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Microsoft and Comcast are all busy spreading knowledge, opportunities and equipment, but they need your help in spreading the word.
 "Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place."

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