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Tween Tech Center for Ohkay Owingeh Boys & Girls Club

Thanks to Samsung Mobile, ten Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide were provided with technology-filled classrooms in the past year. These new tech savvy rooms are sure to prepare Club kids for great futures with the intention of encouraging youth to show passion in STEM programming.

In fact, great futures are on the horizon for at least one Native Club. Ohkay Owingeh Boys & Girls Club was one of the ten Clubs that received a new Tween Tech Center. On December 7, 2014, Rio Grande Sun (the local Newspaper), Tribal Administration officials, and the Club’s Board Members were invited to the grand opening of the new center. Celebrations happened as ceremonial dances took place as well as the classic ribbon cutting ceremony.

According to Johnny Abeyta, the Club’s Chief Professional Officer, the Club plans to incorporate the new technology into STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activities related to oil painting and glass shaping as well as the science that goes into both. The latest technology paired with imagination creates endless possibilities for these Club youth. On the weekends, they are hoping to create a healthy environment in which families can come in to learn computer literacy.

“This is really a breath of fresh air in our community and will change the way locals view technology,” Abeyta said.

So far, youth in the Club have been utilizing the technology every day. Now it’s just a matter of maximizing the potential usage of all the new gadgets. Abeyta said he loves the center and is extremely grateful to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Samsung for making such a place a reality.

“The kids are still excited about it,” Abeyta said. “For once they have so much technology right at their fingertips!”

Photo: After the innovative renovation of a spare room, the Ohkay Owingeh Boys & Girls Club CPO Johnny Abeyta (pictured center) along with Club kids and staff perform a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

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