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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
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