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Record #: R2013-370   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 4/10/2013 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 4/10/2013
Title: Recognition extended to Youth Technology Corps for educational and employment programs
Sponsors: Cardenas, George A., Beale, Anthony, Pope, John, Balcer, James, Brookins, Jr., Howard, Munoz, Ricardo, Solis, Daniel, Maldonado, Roberto, Burnett, Jr., Walter, Ervin, Jason C., Graham, Deborah L., Reboyras, Ariel, Waguespack, Scott, Mell, Richard F., Austin, Carrie M., Colón, Rey, Sposato, Nicholas
Attachments: 1. R2013-370.pdf
WHEREAS, The Youth Technology Corps (YTC) is a collection of computer clubs in under-served communities and schools throughout the City of Chicago, North Carolina and Durango, Mexico, which provides STEM education and job readiness in struggling communities, creates low-cost sustainable out-of-school alternatives, brings needed technology to communities, and builds good citizenship; and
WHEREAS, YTC's innovative new approach delivers key elements of STEM education to our most at-risk youth while providing computer technology to some of our neediest communities through its operation of out-of-school programs, free summer camps, and Iron Tech competitions, where youth learn how to refurbish computers and donate them to communities in need; and
WHEREAS, YTC's programs are designed for students who seek a safe place to go after school, who desire to use their time in innovative and productive ways, and who wish to learn useful and practical career-oriented skills; and
WHEREAS, Youth Technology Corps has had contracts with After School Matters (ASM) and was approved as the first ASM group to take Chicago students out of the country for i-week computer donation trips to Durango, Mexico, where over the years, it has donated over 800 refurbished computers to Durango schools; and
WHEREAS, YTC operates after-school computer clubs in metro Chicago where more than 1800 youth have refurbished and donated more than 3,200 computers to more than 40 communities, offers free summer computer camps in North Carolina and Missouri hosting more than 300 youth from more than 30 communities in seven states, and holds Iron Tech Competitions every spring where 150 youth have demonstrated their expertise by refurbishing computers in order to donate them to struggling communities; and
WHEREAS, YTC and its partners propose to build the YTC Network, which will create a central hub that offers guidance, curricula, standards, and participation in YTC eve...

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