SUMMERSIDE – Youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside are among many youngsters across Canada benefiting from the Rogers Youth Fund.
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Youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside are taking part in the Rogers Raising the Grade program through mobile tech units provided by the company. The initiative is an interactive after-school program that allows youth to explore interests, excel academically and prepare for post-secondary educational opportunities
Heather Robinson, public affairs and communications manager with Rogers, was among educators and politicians at the Summerside club Tuesday, to see the success of the program.
“A couple of years ago, Rogers created the Rogers Youth Fund,” Robinson said. “We partner with about 36 boys and girls clubs across Canada and 16 non-profit groups as well. The focus is on helping at risk or disadvantaged youth with their education. Children who just need a little bit of extra help and support to have access to digital literacy tools, computers to help them to consider going to post-secondary education - having what they need to get there.”
She said through Rogers’ partnership with the boys and girls clubs, an existing room in their facility becomes transformed into the Rogers Technology Centre.
“What you see is a consistent design that we have across the country with state-of-the-art equipment and all the technological needs that they have, as well as a mobile tech centre, tablets that they can take into the school and working pods,” Robinson said. “The whole idea is that after school and the evenings, youth sign up and commit to the program and become part of the Rogers Raising the Grade program. It’s an educational program
Through the partnership and the investment, the boys and girls clubs are able to hire an educational co-ordinator to work with youth specifically on what they need in order to complete high school, look at future post-secondary education.
“All of these youth commit to coming here and working on their studies and mentoring other students,” Robinson said. “They collaborate and work together. So, it’s not necessarily their coming in and working on their math homework. They can work on a blog or a creative project, do assessments, and learn to do resumes. It’s to help give them that boost to what they need.”