“Teen Summit is a biennial week-long Youth Leadership event that brings Clubhouse youth together from each of the 100 Clubhouses internationally. Youth leaders explore and propose solutions to social issues through the creative use of innovative, high-end technologies. Each Teen Summit takes place on a university campus in Boston, Massachusetts, and includes a college and career fair, collaborative cross-cultural activities, and many other opportunities for educational, career and personal growth.”
- Computer Clubhouse Network
On July 29th, members: Ivy (13), Jannet (14), and Gerardo (14), embarked on an educational trip of their life time. Escorted by clubhouse coordinator Alicia Browning, the students traveled from Albuquerque, NM to Boston, Ma., for a weeklong Teen Summit (July 29-Aug 3, 2014). During the conference members worked with fellow members/clubhouse staff from around the globe to learned about various youth rights (this was the theme), such as right to Education, Health, Freedom & Safety, and Speech & Expression. Each educational track was paired with a technology- animation, soft circuits, vinyl cutter, music, mobile app design, etc. The goal was to introduce youth to new technologies and problem solve issues that are affecting their communities. Clubhouse members were able to visit sites like MIT Media Labs, Boston College, Northeastern University, Harvard University, Boston Museum of Science (which hosted a Clubhouse-to-College Fair). Members were treated to a recreation day in Chelsea, Ma.; Free-Day to explore the city of Boston experiencing the food, music, culture, history and shopping that the city had to offer; even a farewell party aboard a 3 level boat. By the end of the week members made new friends, were able to overcome language barriers, finish some amazing projects, had a better understanding of their rights as youth and what is going on their communities but around the globe, and were exposed to various educational opportunities that will help inspire them to further their education and reach their fullest potential.
YDI RECEIVES 2014 YOUTHBUILD GRANT
On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Youth Development, Inc. (YDI) was awarded a $1.1 million grant from the US Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration to operate a YouthBuild program in Albuquerque. YDI was one of 71 programs awarded across the U.S.
Youth Development, Inc. (YDI), founded in 1971, provides educational and developmental assistance to children, youth and families throughout Central and Northern New Mexico. The YDI YouthBuild program will serve 65 Albuquerque youth between the ages of 16 and 24 with academic and occupational skills training aimed at assisting youth who have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, have dropped out of high school, or are otherwise at-risk of failing to complete their education, gain industry-recognized certificates in the construction field, and transition to employment. Other program services include leadership development, service learning, mentoring, and workforce literacy. Services are scheduled to start within the next four months.
“YDI is thrilled to be a recipient of YouthBuild,” says Debra Baca, President/CEO of YDI. “The skills these young people will learn are valuable lifelong lessons. Along with our partners, the Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity, the Homebuilders Institute, the Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico, and the Albuquerque Public Schools, we will ensure young people will obtain their GED and acquire construction and work readiness skills while they actively participate in building affordable housing for low-income families. This effort changes the face and dynamics of neighborhoods and is a source of pride for all involved!”