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Computer Literacy Instruction Program

Computer Literacy Instruction Program

The CLIP program provides training to hundreds of young men and women, ages 5-18. Our After-School Porgram participants conduct research and enrichment exercises using the Internet, Encarta and other Microsoft-based education software. High-schoool career and leadership program participants take part in ACT Tutorials, research colleges and learn the Microsoft Office software package.

CLIP's goals are to:

  • Produce computer literate and proficient CLIPPers;
  • Provide youth with the opportunity to conduct Internet research for college entrance and homework assignments, as well as participate in ACT and other educational enrichment tutorials; and
  • Reduce the "digital divide" by helping youth become comfortable with and master technology to help them gain further employment.

The After-School Session features students from five area public elementary schools and is taught by volunteers from five area companies: Monday – Laclede and SRA International; Tuesday - Scholars Academy and Edward Jones; Wednesday – Nance Elementary and Centene; Thursday -Gary Gore Elementary and Nestlé Purina PetCare; and Friday - Herzog Pilot Academy and Sigma-Aldrich Corp. 

There is a growing demand for high-tech jobs and finding employees to fill these positions is becoming a challenging task. Microsoft President & CEO Steve Ballmer cited the lack of computer availability in schools and the need for greater teacher computer liteary, is the root of the problem. We work hand-in-hand with the public schools and corporate community to remedy this situation by introducing young people to technology and creating a link between the classroom and our lab.

The After-School Session meets Monday through Friday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information contact, Ty Howard, PR & Special Events assistant, (314) 382-5952, ext. 232, or Barbara Washington, PR & Special Events vice president, (314) 382-5952, ext. 234.

Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) United Way member agency that annually provides educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs to more than 40,000 young people from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. For 52 years the Club has taught youth respect, restraint and responsibility so that they may obtain credibility, integrity and accountability. For more information, call Barbara A. Washington or Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 234.