Technology Utilization in Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Between 2007 and 2009, TASCHA’s Technology Utilization in Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) project examined technology-related learning opportunities for children. Researchers considered technology within the larger context of afterschool programs and for preparing youth for the 21st-century workforce. Findings illustrate ways that specific programs introduce and enhance technical skills, promote Internet savvy, and build computer fluency while simultaneously reinforcing core social-development outcomes.
Research included observations at 38 clubs across 15 organizations in four states, selected to cover a wide range of resource levels and program designs. Open-ended interviews were conducted with 86 key actors. We observed and informally interacted with many current and former club members and parents. Findings include the following highlights:
- Technology is used widely in Boys & Girls Clubs
- The BGCA federation successfully leverages its organizational architecture
- Technology programs promote learning
- Technology programs support positive socialization
- Challenges persist