The Tech Freeze Appeal

This year, our Winter Appeal raised funds for the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse, to ensure that young people in Tuggeranong have access to digital skills development, and to help close the growing digital divide. 

The YWCA Canberra Clubhouse is a free, out-of-school learning space for young people in Tuggeranong to learn, create, and explore through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

The Clubhouse draws from a vast range of fields, from graphic design to programming, robotics to animation, and much more.  Our young members are from all backgrounds, and are encouraged to drive their own projects according to their interests and ideas, with support from the Clubhouse Coordinator. Importantly, the Clubhouse engages young people in learning and provides access mentors to encourage pathways into careers in STEAM.

Jobs reliant on STEAM skills will dominate the future economy, as emerging technologies continue to transform Australian workplaces. It is essential that we equip our young people with the skills that they will require for the jobs of the future, and ensure that no one is left behind.

This year, our end of financial year fundraising appeal raised funds for the Clubhouse, which is entirely reliant on community and corporate support.

On the weekend of 18-18 June, a number of our supporters took on the Tech Freeze Challenge, forgoing technology to highlight the everyday impact of technology in our lives, while also raising much-needed funds for the Clubhouse. To find out more about the Challenge, check out the blogs by Microsoft Director and Clubhouse Ambassador Hala, Executive Director Frances Crimmins and Clubhouse Coordinator Lachlan.

With Canberra’s support and generosity, we raised over $5,000 which will help us keep the Clubhouse doors open – thank you to everyone who donated, took on the Tech Freeze Challenge or hosted an event! 

On behalf of YWCA Canberra, thanks for all of your support!