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New Episode of Gathering STEAM Features Clubhouse Network’s RE@CH Media Festival

The Gum Springs Community Center Clubhouse Coordinator Speaks with Jeff Arthur, The Clubhouse Network Community Liaison, creator of The RE@CH Media Festival.

The latest episode of Gathering STEAM, an NCS-led asynchronous course for Fairfax County Public Schools students in grades 7-12, focuses on an opportunity for students to get involved in The Clubhouse Network’s Global RE@CH Media Festival. The festival encourages youth to create media that describe their personal experiences and gives voice to their ideas, feelings, and concerns. Youth gain exposure through exhibition opportunities that showcase their perspectives.

This episode features an interview with Jeff Arthur, Community Liaison for the Clubhouse Network in Oakland, CA., who talks about the idea behind the RE@CH Media Festival and the 2021 event. It also includes an interview with J.T. Evans, Hope Community Best Buy TeenTech Center Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN., who discusses the success stories of his students who have placed in past festivals.

Gathering STEAM is an authorized afterschool program and is currently available through three Fairfax County public schools and on NCS Connects. The weekly series is hosted and produced by Sam Ettaro, Clubhouse Coordinator at the Gum Springs Community Center Clubhouse and one of several NCS (Neighborhood and Community ServiceS) Information Technology Educators.

The Clubhouse Network is an international community of more than 100 Clubhouses, 10 of which are located at NCS facilities in Fairfax County. Each Clubhouse provides a creative, safe, and free out-of-school learning environment where young people work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas and develop new skills through technology.

The 2021 RE@CH Media Festival is open for submissions now through February. 12, 2021. For a complete list of category descriptions and eligibility requirements, visit the entry criteria page.

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