Gads Hill Center
seeks to bridge the digital divide by raising $3,000 to purchase 5 technology kits with robotics materials and tablets for each of the 5 Building Leaders clubs.
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The Digital divide
The vast majority of families served by Gads Hill Center are living at or below the federal poverty level – $24,250 for a family of four. Youth and families who participate in Gads Hill Center programs are disproportionately affected by the digital divide, with many households still lacking access to computers and the internet. According to the City of Chicago, six of the eight communities within our main service area represent areas of critically low broadband internet usage – only 36-54% of these residents have access. As requirements for current technology skills in the workplace continue to increase, low-income residents need access to training and resources that will allow them to more effectively compete in today’s labor market.
Entering its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.
This year, by choosing Gads Hill Center, your donation will support Building Leaders and Junior Building Leaders program needs. Dollars raised in excess of $3,000 to cover the cost 5 robotics kits and 5 tablets will directly support the program's activities and success.
Building Leaders and Junior Building Leaders are out-of-school time academic enrichment programs that provide hands-on learning experience in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).
Building Leaders is designed for students ages 13 through high school graduation with the desire and potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic support, parent education, and highly individualized assistance to help teens graduate high school and enter college prepared to succeed. To learn more about Building Leaders, click here.
Junior Building Leaders is an after school program for children ages 5-12 in the Pilsen, North Lawndale, and South Lawndale communities. The program provides a strengths-based curriculum and enriching environment to foster a love of learning while helping children develop emotionally, socially and physically. To learn more about Junior Building Leaders, click here.
RObotics & technology
The Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) curriculum of Building Leaders is designed to promote problem solving and higher-order thinking skills. Building Leader’s signature activity is the FIRST Tech Challenge – an event through which students learn to design, plan, and build a robot that is capable of meeting a series of specific challenges. Innovation is repeatedly emphasized as students must find creative and competitive ways of achieving their goals within a limited time frame and while working as a team.
Gads Hill Center's Building Leaders is also entering its second year of a multi-generational digital literacy project. Twice a month, teens offer training in topics such as setting up and checking email, conducting school and college research, and identifying and applying for job opportunities. Youth trainers receive a stipend for their work, and more importantly, develop valuable leadership skills and a tangible advantage they can use to set their college applications apart from their peers.
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