Oklahoman Coverage of the BGC Receiving Dell Powering the Possible Grant
Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County Works With Dell Powering the Possible to Expand Youth Learning
- 2012 grant will provide over 500 children and youth with access to technology across Oklahoma County
August 28, 2012 – OKC, OK – The Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County has been selected as a recipient of a 2012 Dell Powering the Possible grant. The Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County will receive funding in the form of cash grants and equipment donations to leverage technology and further the organization’s mission of providing a brighter future for underserved youth.
The Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County offers a safe, positive place for Oklahoma City youth to spend their out of school time. With programs in Education and Career Development; Character and Leadership Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation - Great Futures Start HERE. The Boys & Girls Club is located in Memorial Park and is open to all youth, ages 6-18 years old. It currently has 1,914 enrolled Club members. On average, over 300 youth visit the Club daily.
Thanks to Dell, Club youth are given access to a state-of- the-art Dell Technology Center equipped with a computer lab and staff who provide ongoing technology instruction and encouragement. Club youth learning these fundamental technology skills are in turn more confident and prepared to achieve success in the Oklahoma County community, as well as the global workforce. Thanks to Dell, many Club youth are able to discover new, life-changing possibilities while unleashing their true potential.
“Dell gives the Boys & Girls Club – staff and youth – the power to do more, not only related to technology but to connection and discovery,” said Jane Sutter, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County. “This partnership is opening doors for better futures for our youth and our community.”
In addition to technology solutions, Dell will provide the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County with the volunteer services of a local Dell champion who will manage employee engagement opportunities with local Dell team members.
“We know technology can do a world of good, and we are thrilled to be working with the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County to help them further their overall mission,” said Trisa Thompson, Dell’s Vice President of Corporate Responsibility. “At Dell, we believe that children should have an opportunity to develop their potential through technology. With this partnership, we are one step closer toward closing the technology gap among underserved communities across the globe.”
To learn more, visit www.dell.com/poweringthepossible.
ABOUT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF OKLAHOMA COUNTY
Since 1995, The Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County has concentrated on serving children from disadvantaged circumstances with one purpose: to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The Club offers members a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness, and influence. The Boys & Girls Club is “The Positive Place for Kids” and is making a difference in the community by providing a safe, positive place for members to spend their out of school time. Members can resist the allure of gang involvement, substance abuse, and other delinquent behaviors. Learn more at www.bgcokc.org.
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Powering the Possible is Dell’s commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet. Dell works with nonprofits to address pressing social issues by donating a combination of Dell technologies and solutions, funding, expertise and volunteer support. In 2011, Dell gave more than $44 million, and Dell team members volunteered more than 418,000 hours in their communities. Learn more at www.dell.com/communities.
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