Clubhouse 274 is providing an innovative after-school hub which is connecting Otara youth into the digital community.
The Clubhouse is New Zealand's first member of an international network of over 100 Computer Clubhouses, initiated through the Museum of Science and MIT Media Labs in Boston.
The Computer Clubhouse Trust was formed by the community to promote high levels of digital fluency in young people. Through the Clubhouse, youth are re-engaging with school and establishing career pathways for themselves.
The community approach to ICT includes a purpose-built Computer Clubhouse located on the campus of Te Whanau o Tupuranga and Clover Park Middle School, a free community high speed Wireless Network and access to low-cost laptops.
Clubhouse members learn about music and video production, robotics, 3D modelling, animation and photography.
"Before I came to Clubhouse I didn't realise I could write and record music, but now I can," says Ofoi Tamumoelau from Te Whanau o Tupuranga.
The Tindall Foundation helped fund the set-up of the Computer Clubhouse Wireless network and a development lab within the University of Auckland, as well as the pilot laptop project.
For more information contact:
Kane Milne, Community Manager, Clubhouse 274