YWCA CANBERRA CLUBHOUSE IS BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF STEAM SUPERSTARS

21 November 2017

Today YWCA Canberra launched its 2017 Clubhouse Impact Report at an event in Richardson, a celebration with government, corporate and philanthropic partners.

The Report demonstrates the positive difference the Clubhouse has made to its members, with 45 per cent strongly agreeing that they care more about doing well in school because of their Clubhouse experience, and 65 per cent strongly agreeing that they will use skills learned at the Clubhouse in their future career, or jobs.

Launched in 2014, the Clubhouse provides more than 200 young people in Tuggeranong with access to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) resources, skills and experiences to help them succeed in their careers, contribute to their communities, and lead outstanding lives.

Executive Director of YWCA Canberra, Frances Crimmins said, “At the Clubhouse, young people work alongside adult mentors who support them to create, invent, and explore their interests through industry standard technology.

“I’m proud of the impact we’ve made this year, which has seen girls learning about robotics and engineering through our Inaugural Tech Time workshops, and young people re-engaging in school by sparking their interest in design and engineering through our Upcycling Program.

“It’s difficult for vulnerable young people and their families to keep up with technological innovations and demands, so the Clubhouse is one way we support all young people to have access to the skills, support and networks to thrive.

“We are excited to see that the Clubhouse is making a real difference in so many young people’s lives in the short-term, as well as equipping them for the jobs of the future.”

14 year old Clubhouse member, Ella, said, “The Clubhouse has given me the freedom to explore, play and create in a supportive environment.

“Through using Scratch, which is a block based programming language, I have learned skills in coding, animation and game design – I’ve created a game on called ‘Unicorn Dodgeball’. It’s really interesting.”

The Clubhouse is only made possible with the support of corporate, government and philanthropic partners, including:

  • The Snow Foundation
  • Canberra Data Centres
  • Inspiring Australia
  • Australia’s Academic Research Network (AARNet)
  • Dimension Data
  • Microsoft
  • The ACT Education and Training Directorate
  • Richardson Primary School

YWCA Canberra is calling for cross-sector partnerships and donations to secure the future of this unique program.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships week is an initiative of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and managed by Philanthropy Australia in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

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Frances Crimmins and Clubhouse member Ella are available for interview.

Media contact: Kelli-anne Bertram, 0429 210 881.

Download: Media release – YWCA Canberra Clubhouse is building the next generation of STEAM superstars

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