The Children’s Aid Society, Harlem Congregations For Community Improvement Open Intel Computer Clubhouses

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Allison Mitchall, The Children's Aid Society, (917) 286-1548,
Julie Chase, Intel Corporation, (503) 709-7625,
Paul Dunn, HCCI, (212) 491-3315,

After-School Technology Program Enables Youth to Develop Work and Life Skills

NEW YORK, April 10, 2002 -- The Children's Aid Society (CAS), Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI) and Intel Corporation today officially opened the first two Intel Computer Clubhouses in New York. The Intel Computer Clubhouse is an after-school program, in which youth ages 8 to 18 gain access to high-tech equipment and professional software, as well as mentors to develop skills that open up opportunities, foster creativity and encourage self-confidence. Youth who visit the Computer Clubhouse learn by doing. They create digital artwork, produce their own music CDs, film, write and edit their own short movies, and design Web sites. The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network is a project of Boston's Museum of Science in collaboration with the MIT Media Laboratory.

"Our organization's primary goal is to equip underserved children with the support and tools they need to reach their full potential," said Philip Coltoff, CAS executive director and CEO. "The Intel Computer Clubhouse supports our mission by providing opportunities for youth to understand and use technology, and ultimately preparing them to successfully participate and compete in today's world."

"The Intel Computer Clubhouse is a tremendous resource for the Harlem community," said Paul Dunn, HCCI vice president of human resources. "Serving as a catalyst for young people to build skills, the clubhouse provides a youth-friendly environment rich in opportunities to experiment and learn. It will also play a significant role in shaping the technological development of Harlem youth, which will be a major contributing factor in sustaining the current Harlem Renaissance."

The addition of CAS and HCCI joins 42 Intel Computer Clubhouses. The outreach has grown to 12 states in addition to Washington, D.C. and five countries: China, Costa Rica, India, Ireland and Israel.

"The Intel Computer Clubhouses are 'invention workshops' where youth can express themselves through their own interests to become designers, not just consumers, of computer-based creations," said Roma Arellano, worldwide community education manager of Intel. "Clubhouse youth love using professional software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. It allows them to be creative, explore their world, and gain valuable skills for tomorrow's workplace."

An evaluation panel of Intel employees, community representatives and educators selected CAS and HCCI to host Intel Computer Clubhouses because of the strategic direction and commitment to technology learning and support of underserved youth shared by both organizations.

About The Children's Aid Society
For 150 years, CAS has had a single mission: to do whatever New York City's children need. Today, the organization serves more than 120,000 children and families annually in 37 sites and without regard to race, religion, nationality or socio-economic status. Its goal is to ensure the physical and emotional well being of children and families, and to provide every child with the support and opportunities needed to become a happy, healthy and successful adult. The agency's services address every aspect of a child's life, from infancy through adolescence, and include education, health, counseling, adoption and foster care, career readiness, arts and recreation, prevention and emergency assistance. For more information, visit

About Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI)
HCCI is a community-based, non-profit organization that provides affordable housing, family support and youth development services to the Central and Bradhurst communities of Harlem. The founders of HCCI consisted of an ecumenical group of 16 concerned Harlem clergy who joined together in 1986. Their goal was to reverse the deteriorating quality of life and social conditions that were destroying the Harlem community. HCCI is a clergy-led organization established to address the needs of a community ravaged by drugs, violence, poor education opportunities, high unemployment and poverty, according to the agency. For more information, visit

About The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network
The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network is based on the Computer Clubhouse learning model created by the Museum of Science, Boston and the MIT Media Laboratory in 1993. The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, based at the Museum of Science, Boston, serves as the center of innovation and technical expertise. Together with the MIT Media Lab, the Museum provides technical assistance, ongoing support and programmatic guidance for Computer Clubhouses around the world. Intel provides financial, technical, career, and volunteer mentor support to proliferate the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network globally. Intel has invested $32 million over five years to sponsor 100 Intel Computer Clubhouses.

In addition, Adobe Systems Incorporated, which provides the largest software donation, Macromedia, Hewlett-Packard and Autodesk Inc., have committed a total of more than $10
million in software, hardware and services. Other organizations involved include the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the LEGO Company and Haworth Inc.

About Intel® Innovation in Education
The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network is part of the Intel® Innovation in Education initiative, a global, multi-million dollar effort to help realize the possibilities of science, math and technology in education. The goal is to prepare today's teachers and students for tomorrow's demands. Intel develops and supports programs that help meet the needs of students and communities worldwide by improving science and math education; increasing the effective use of technology in classrooms; and broadening access to technology and technical careers. For more information, visit Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at

Intel and Intel Innovation in Education are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.