Eastmont Computer Clubhouse Opens

The two brothers (at right) are Davon and Treyvon Cunningham and on the drums in the background is Kalen Smith.

OCCUR’s Eastmont Technology Center and Computer Clubhouse will hold an Open House to showcase  youth projects from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 24 at 6948 Foothill Blvd. in Oakland. Members of the music group Poplyfe and D’wayne Wiggins of Tony Toni Tone are among the invited guests. The Eastmont Intel Computer Clubhouse is an innovative digital media after-school program, where low-income youth, ages 10-18 can discover and create through technology, work with mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills and build self-confidence through the use of technology. OCCUR/ETC is hosting this Open House to increase awareness of the Clubhouse as well as showcase the creative and inspiring projects youth members have created through their work with Adobe Youth Voices (AYV.) The Eastmont Intel Clubhouse offers Oakland youth the creative guidance to be content creators and engage in a variety of activities such as designing 3-D models, mixing digitized music, experimenting with image processing, animation, and video production. Clubhouse members utilize and explore the same professional software used to produce music, film and magazines. For the second year in a row, the Eastmont Computer Clubhouse was also selected to participate in the Adobe Youth Voices program. Launched in June 2006, Adobe Youth Voices is the Adobe Foundation’s global signature philanthropy program designed to provide youth in underserved communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities and the global society. This year, Clubhouse members collectively created five high quality video projects featuring innovative views on community issues and solutions including one about preventing neighborhood blight and littering entitled, “Trash Zombies” and a short film about the dangers of texting while driving entitled, “Driving + Texts = Wrecks.” The Computer Clubhouse has become a highly effective, constructive, exciting and vital safe haven for the youth living in the surrounding community that unfortunately experiences frequent gun violence, drug abuse and gang activity. For more information go to http://www.eastmont.net.
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