Fitzroy Learning Network Annual Report - Page 12

Computer Clubhouse Leadership Group Since 2001 the Fitzroy Computer Clubhouse has provided a creative and safe after-school learning environment, where young people from marginalised or disadvantaged backgrounds work with mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills and build their self-confidence through the use of technology. The Fitzroy Computer Clubhouse is a member of the Intel Computer Clubhouse network (ICCN) and is a project of Boston’s Museum of Science in collaboration with the MIT Media Laboratory. With over 160 members aged 10-18, the Fitzroy Computer Clubhouse not only provides access to highend technology, but also provides a space for young people to learn collaboration, cooperation and “giving back”, which encourages them to succeed in education and careers and contribute to the larger community in a positive and meaningful way. The Fitzroy Computer Clubhouse runs Monday to Friday during term time. The Computer Clubhouse welcomes Clubhouse alumni Mike Zegeye, Abenezer Yohannes and Joseph as new Clubhouse volunteer mentors for 2012. The willingness of Clubhouse alumni to stay connected to the Clubhouse and give back to their community is a testament to the impact the programme has on its member’s lives. The Youth Voices program run on Mondays for teens only continues to create outstanding work to be shown 10 Computer Clubhouse to the wider community. In term 4 2011 youth voices participants worked on designing “the perfect library”. A field trip to the State Library of Victoria was very inspirational and the term concluded with the work being exhibited at Fitzroy Library. Members work was exhibited once again at the Gertrude st Project Festival. Term 1 in 2012 was a busy term with many teenagers preparing for Intel Computer Clubhouse Network Teen Summit selection. The Teen Summit takes place on campus at Northeaster University in Boston, Massachusetts, and includes a college and career fair, collaborative activities with youth from around the world, and many other opportunities for educational, career and personal growth. Three teens from each Clubhouse are selected to attend the Teen Summit with all expenses paid by the organisers. Teens from the Computer Clubhouse created a project on the theme of “Diversity”, completed an application form, attended a two day leadership workshop at NAB Docklands and attended an interview with the Coordinator, a volunteer and member of the community. All the member’s hard work culminated in “Project Diversity Night” where volunteers, members and family were invited to see the projects the applicants had made and recognise them for their hard work. Congratulations to Achol Manyiel, Ror Akot and Ayel Akot who were chosen to attend the Teen Summit. Fitzroy Learning Network Annual Report 2011/12