of the First Year at Y.O.U.
By Natashka Jones
The visit by DaVE (the
mobile digital art tour) is just the latest event in an exciting
year at YOU Inc.'s Intel Computer Clubhouse. Most recently, two
youths from the clubhouse, Chatiana Davis and Mario Peregrino, went
to Boston for a Teen Summit hosted by the Museum of Science in Boston
and the Computer Clubhouse Network. The Teen Summit brought together
120 young people ages 13-18 from clubhouses located in 14 states
and 7 different countries. Together, these young leaders explored
their place in the greater network and society at large. They also
got to meet their intranet buddies (collectively known as "the
village") who they have been communicating with on a regular
In another recent project, our youth discovered software that allowed
them to build their own roller coasters (Roller Coaster Factory
II). Using this software as a learning model, we then took the youth
to Knott's Berry Farm Amusement Park, where they not only rode the
roller coasters, but also saw how roller coasters were built.
In the past year Computer Clubhouse members provided tours of our
facility to visitors from the United Kingdom, South Africa, the
Intel Board, and the California Clubhouse Coordinators. Members
also went on field trips -such as The Staples Center, and the KCET
studios, where they participated in a taping about after-school
programs that featured the clubhouse. We also incorporated a leadership
program where members can run for president and vice president.
Members campaign for office by using the software in the clubhouse
like Adobe Photoshop, Flash, Bryce or the musical tracks. Once elected
to office, the youth will serve for a term of two months. During
the term they will assist other clubhouse members in activities
as well as make decisions on the clubhouse welfare.
One of our proudest success stories is a nine-year-old named Jacob
Cardiel. In June of 2002 Jacob designed the new logo for YOU using
Bryce, a graphic design program used by production studios.
Jones is the YOU Inc. Intel Computer Clubhouse Coordinator,