A new after-school programme that provides young people with access to high-tech equipment has opened in Dublin’s inner city. Intel and the South West Inner City Network (SWICN) have come together to launch the Intel Computer Clubhouse, a programme which has been designed to provide a creative environment where young people from disadvantaged communities will be able learn new skills.
Visitors to the Clubhouse will be given the opportunities to create digital artwork, produce their own music CDs, film, write and edit their own short movies and design websites. ‘The Intel Computer Clubhouse offers a rich, extraordinary opportunity for the young people of Dublin’s inner city,’ says Evan Moore, director of SWICN. ‘A depth of knowledge of technology is a must in today’s fast-changing world. It is especially important that underserved youth be introduced to technology and everything it can do for them in shaping their future.’ SWICN joins more than 60 other Intel Computer Clubhouses. The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network now reaches 13 states in the US and ten countries: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa and Taiwan. This is the second Intel Computer Clubhouse in Ireland; the first was opened in March 2002 at Foróige, Blanchardstown.