Boys & Girls Clubs of America Announces Plans For 30 New Microsoft Club Tech Centers Across Wisconsin

Statewide Effort Builds on Clubs' Current Hi-Tech Initiatives in Milwaukee

To Bridge Digital Divide and Extend After-School Learning



Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Boys & Girls Club of America

    MILWAUKEE, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Boys & Girls Club of America (B&GCA)
 and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today announced a commitment to create Club
 Tech centers in 30 Boys & Girls Club around Wisconsin and augment Ameritech
 CyberPlace computer centers in six Milwaukee Clubs.
    "The school day doesn't end at 3:30 anymore.  Kids choose to come to the
 Boys & Girls Clubs after school because we offer opportunities they can't get
 at school or home.  We give them a safe environment where learning is fun,"
 said Wally Watson, President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
     "Through technology, kids are learning about music, architecture, and
 graphic design.  They are improving their reading and critical thinking skills
 and preparing for college.  The skills they are learning today will make them
 highly viable in tomorrow's workplace."
     Kurt Aschermann of Boys & Girls Clubs of America joined Erik Renaud,
 Vice-President for Microsoft's Central Region; Holly Reed, Ameritech Wisconsin
 Vice-President, Government and External Affairs; Tom Sharrard, President,
 Milwaukee Division of Time Warner Cable; and U.S. Senator Herb Kohl at the
 Hillside Boys & Girls Club in the Hillside Public Housing Development to make
 the announcement.
     The national Club Tech initiative was first announced last December in
 New York by B&GCA President Roxanne Spillett and Microsoft's Chairman and
 Chief Software Architect Bill Gates.  Club Tech is a joint program of
 Microsoft and Boys & Girls Clubs of America designed to bring technology
 access and programs to more than 3.5 million underserved children and teens
 through Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.
     Wisconsin is one of the first states in the country to implement the Club
 Tech program statewide.  Across Wisconsin, some 30 Clubs outside Milwaukee
 have already received or are in the final phases of completion of their Club
 Tech centers.
     "These computer centers are a tremendous addition to the Boys & Girls
 Clubs in Wisconsin, which do such a tremendous job in providing an environment
 where our kids can learn and grow," said Sen. Herb Kohl.
     "These computer centers will help kids gain the skills increasingly
 necessary to succeed in school and work, giving them a solid base from which
 to excel."
     Kohl, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee and its Youth Violence
 Subcommittee, co-authored bipartisan legislation that funds Boys & Girls Clubs
 nationwide at $20 million per year for five years, based on their proven track
 record of crime prevention.  The National Boys & Girls Clubs last year
 recognized Kohl's long-time support by giving him the organization's highest
 award for extraordinary contributions to youth.
     The Club Tech program, funded by a $100 million cash and software donation
 from Microsoft, will "technology enable" every Boys & Girls Club over the next
 five years by establishing technology centers and curriculum, along with
 program management and computer training for staff.  More than 3.5 million
 Club kids will be given the resources to create, explore and discover the
 world around them through technology.
     Additionally, the grant allows Boys & Girls Clubs of America to integrate
 technology into every aspect of the organizations fabric -- from the Club's
 overall management to core programs including educational enhancement,
 character and leadership development, the arts, sports and fitness.
     "Access to technology is key in providing children with the computer
 literacy skills they need to succeed in school and in their future jobs," said
 Microsoft's Erik Renaud.  "Through Club Tech, children in our local
 communities will not only have access to technology, but curriculum and
 teachers will be available to make sure they are able to take full advantage
 of this opportunity."
     At six Clubs in Milwaukee, the Club Tech effort will build on the B&GC's
 successful Ameritech CyberPlace initiative.  With initial support from
 Ameritech, Milwaukee's Boys & Girls Clubs opened the first Ameritech
 CyberPlace in 1998 and expanded Ameritech CyberPlaces into the other five area
 Clubs with additional funding from Ameritech, as well as Microsoft, Time
 Warner and PowerUP.
 
     About Club Tech
     In February 1999, B&GCA and Microsoft launched a unique pilot program to
 bring technology access to the youth the organization serves.  Microsoft
 funded a $1.6 million program to create new technology centers at 15 Clubs
 across the country.  Based on the pilot's success, B&GCA developed a
 comprehensive national technology plan called "Operation Connect," to expand
 the benefits of technology to all of the more than 2,600 Boys & Girls Clubs
 throughout the United States.
     Microsoft has continued to help build the core elements of the Operation
 Connect program through Club Tech.  The new Microsoft donation consists of
 $12.3 million in cash and $88 million in software over the next five years to
 support efforts to technology enable every Boys & Girls Club in the
 United States.  The Club Tech program, a joint program of Microsoft and Boys &
 Girls Clubs have developed and are providing the Clubs with all the program
 materials, training and initial software for Operation Connect, with the goal
 of bridging the digital divide for more than 3.5 million youth in Boys & Girls
 Clubs around the country.
 
 

SOURCE Boys & Girls Club of America
    MILWAUKEE, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Boys & Girls Club of America (B&GCA)
 and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today announced a commitment to create Club
 Tech centers in 30 Boys & Girls Club around Wisconsin and augment Ameritech
 CyberPlace computer centers in six Milwaukee Clubs.
    "The school day doesn't end at 3:30 anymore.  Kids choose to come to the
 Boys & Girls Clubs after school because we offer opportunities they can't get
 at school or home.  We give them a safe environment where learning is fun,"
 said Wally Watson, President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
     "Through technology, kids are learning about music, architecture, and
 graphic design.  They are improving their reading and critical thinking skills
 and preparing for college.  The skills they are learning today will make them
 highly viable in tomorrow's workplace."
     Kurt Aschermann of Boys & Girls Clubs of America joined Erik Renaud,
 Vice-President for Microsoft's Central Region; Holly Reed, Ameritech Wisconsin
 Vice-President, Government and External Affairs; Tom Sharrard, President,
 Milwaukee Division of Time Warner Cable; and U.S. Senator Herb Kohl at the
 Hillside Boys & Girls Club in the Hillside Public Housing Development to make
 the announcement.
     The national Club Tech initiative was first announced last December in
 New York by B&GCA President Roxanne Spillett and Microsoft's Chairman and
 Chief Software Architect Bill Gates.  Club Tech is a joint program of
 Microsoft and Boys & Girls Clubs of America designed to bring technology
 access and programs to more than 3.5 million underserved children and teens
 through Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.
     Wisconsin is one of the first states in the country to implement the Club
 Tech program statewide.  Across Wisconsin, some 30 Clubs outside Milwaukee
 have already received or are in the final phases of completion of their Club
 Tech centers.
     "These computer centers are a tremendous addition to the Boys & Girls
 Clubs in Wisconsin, which do such a tremendous job in providing an environment
 where our kids can learn and grow," said Sen. Herb Kohl.
     "These computer centers will help kids gain the skills increasingly
 necessary to succeed in school and work, giving them a solid base from which
 to excel."
     Kohl, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee and its Youth Violence
 Subcommittee, co-authored bipartisan legislation that funds Boys & Girls Clubs
 nationwide at $20 million per year for five years, based on their proven track
 record of crime prevention.  The National Boys & Girls Clubs last year
 recognized Kohl's long-time support by giving him the organization's highest
 award for extraordinary contributions to youth.
     The Club Tech program, funded by a $100 million cash and software donation
 from Microsoft, will "technology enable" every Boys & Girls Club over the next
 five years by establishing technology centers and curriculum, along with
 program management and computer training for staff.  More than 3.5 million
 Club kids will be given the resources to create, explore and discover the
 world around them through technology.
     Additionally, the grant allows Boys & Girls Clubs of America to integrate
 technology into every aspect of the organizations fabric -- from the Club's
 overall management to core programs including educational enhancement,
 character and leadership development, the arts, sports and fitness.
     "Access to technology is key in providing children with the computer
 literacy skills they need to succeed in school and in their future jobs," said
 Microsoft's Erik Renaud.  "Through Club Tech, children in our local
 communities will not only have access to technology, but curriculum and
 teachers will be available to make sure they are able to take full advantage
 of this opportunity."
     At six Clubs in Milwaukee, the Club Tech effort will build on the B&GC's
 successful Ameritech CyberPlace initiative.  With initial support from
 Ameritech, Milwaukee's Boys & Girls Clubs opened the first Ameritech
 CyberPlace in 1998 and expanded Ameritech CyberPlaces into the other five area
 Clubs with additional funding from Ameritech, as well as Microsoft, Time
 Warner and PowerUP.
 
     About Club Tech
     In February 1999, B&GCA and Microsoft launched a unique pilot program to
 bring technology access to the youth the organization serves.  Microsoft
 funded a $1.6 million program to create new technology centers at 15 Clubs
 across the country.  Based on the pilot's success, B&GCA developed a
 comprehensive national technology plan called "Operation Connect," to expand
 the benefits of technology to all of the more than 2,600 Boys & Girls Clubs
 throughout the United States.
     Microsoft has continued to help build the core elements of the Operation
 Connect program through Club Tech.  The new Microsoft donation consists of
 $12.3 million in cash and $88 million in software over the next five years to
 support efforts to technology enable every Boys & Girls Club in the
 United States.  The Club Tech program, a joint program of Microsoft and Boys &
 Girls Clubs have developed and are providing the Clubs with all the program
 materials, training and initial software for Operation Connect, with the goal
 of bridging the digital divide for more than 3.5 million youth in Boys & Girls
 Clubs around the country.
 
 SOURCE  Boys & Girls Club of America