New Site Opens in Cleveland

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We recently welcomed one of our newest partners to The Clubhouse Network. The Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Cleveland Public Library’s Rockport Branch held their grand opening on November 14, 2018.

The new center features a professional recording studio, a 3D printer, a laser engraver, digital SLR cameras, GoPro cameras, Oculus Rift virtual reality system, and Adobe applications including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, CorelDRAW, and more.

Jill Pappenhagen who leads Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Rockport Branch shared her enthusiasm. “We have a technological divide in Cleveland, but I think this facility will bridge that gap and help kids consider new careers and possibilities for the future,” she says. “I love to see the excitement on kids’ faces when they become creators and not just consumers of technology.”

See Photos from the Grand Opening

This new center joins a global community comprised of 100 Clubhouses in 18 countries which provide 25,000 youth per year with access to resources, skills, and experiences to help them succeed in their careers, contribute to their communities, and lead outstanding lives. The mission of The Clubhouse Network is to provide a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people from underserved communities work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Cleveland Public Library’s Rockport Branch is open five days a week and will serve youth ages 10-17. There are no fees to participate and membership is free across all Clubhouses in our network.

Learn more about The Clubhouse Network and our learning model. Get involved by becoming a mentor, a sponsor, or by supporting the Network.