Hi CrowdLocal Orange County
We are the Listo America (501c3 Non-profit organization) Computer Clubhouse de Santa Ana, a creative, after school non-profit educational program for young kids from underserved communities working with adult mentors and fellow kids to help develop and build confidence by learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
The Computer Clubhouse provides a safe haven for the kids after school to be with their friends, collaborating on projects together, doing homework and learning valuable skillsets indoors instead of being out in unsafe situations in the streets or in less than productive environments at home.
We have been open for two years now (initially headquartered in Tustin) and have hosted 75 kids ages 11 through 18 over the years. We recently moved to our brand new facility in here in Santa Ana.
Some of the cool skills that the kids have learned are:
- graphic design
- film production
- mechanical design
- 3D software
Here are but a few sample achievements from our members:
Melissa is a member since April 2012. She is currently a ninth grader for Tustin High School. Melissa was a seventh grader when she first started coming to the clubhouse. She has become a great role model and member for our clubhouse. She continues to grow with the program and has inspired many of our younger members to continue school. She was selected to be part of the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network 2012 Teen Summit that was held at Boston from July 10th – 15th, 2012. This was a great experience because she was able to interact and learn new technology with members from all over the world. Being part of a low income community Melissa got to experience what it was to travel for the first time, stay in a college dorm for a week, and learn new technology other kids her age are not exposed to. The Teen Summit was held at the Northeastern University of Boston. Our members were also able to visit Harvard University and MIT during the Teen Summit. (pictures attached). Melissa has also been involved in several projects our members have made together for the Adobe Youth Voices Program.
Bolivar Pineda: Bolivar is a member since March 2012. He is currently a ninth grader for Tustin High School. Bolivar was a seventh grader when he first started coming to the clubhouse. The computer clubhouse was a huge help for him to come after school, do his homework, and be creative with his music interest. Bolivar lives in a small apartment with his parents and 3 younger siblings and it was really hard for him to focus on homework while he had to share his room with them. His grades improved and Bolivar came very productive to the clubhouse. Bolivar was also selected to be part of the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network 2012 Teen Summit that was held at Boston from July 10th – 15th, 2012. This was a great experience because he was able to interact and learn new technology with members from all over the world. The Teen Summit was held at the Northeastern University of Boston. Our members were also able to visit Harvard University and MIT during the Teen Summit. (pictures attached).
To sum it up, the core of what we offer here at the center is hope. Hope for kids to adopt and learn new and very relevant technologies needed to compete and succeed in today’s world. It levels the playing field for for kids from all backgrounds, with access to mentorship, the right tools and technology.
We Need Your Help, CrowdLocal Orange County:
For this campaign, we hope to raise $2,600 to purchase a new 3D Printer. 3D printing is one of the most highly talked about technologies in recent memory. The technology speeds up the hardware prototyping process and lowers the cost of developing new products significantly. The kids are currently working with 3D modeling software and are excited at the chance of building actual physical products from their own designs.
Note: Any excess funds raised will go towards purchasing filament refills for the printer and to support other programs at the center.
Please help make this dream a reality. The pledges start as low as $5 as a show of support for the center. We believe in the power of crowdsourced fundraising where every dollar helps. Thank you for your support.
For more information on the great programs at ListoAmerica, please visit their website at ListoAmerica.org