The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of the Ironbound in Newark, NJ, and Northstar New Jersey, will hold a ribbon cutting and grand opening of a brand new student computer lab on Wednesday, May 14, 4:00 PM. Refreshments to follow the ceremony.
The lab is located at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club location at 11 Providence Street in Newark, and has been completely renovated by Northstar NJ. The renovation includes 8 new computers with updated software, printer and headsets, new desks, chairs and fresh paint. This location serves over 200 students on a daily basis and hosts after-school programming every afternoon from 2:30-9:00pm.
Northstar NJ and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club have partnered to refurbish and renovate the computer lab to fulfill the growing need for advanced technology amongst these grade-school age students.
Northstar New Jersey’s After School Advantage Program is a global community investment program, which provides qualifying non-profit community agencies and public schools with state-of-the-art computer labs. These computer centers are designed to provide urban children aged five to 15 with a meaningful, yet fun, learning experience during the critical after-school hours, in a safe environment. This initiative is meant to provide an otherwise unavailable educational experience and bridge the digital divide among at-risk children. By applying our knowledge and expertise to this type of program Northstar New Jersey hopes to increase children’s interest in careers in computers and provide them with the necessary tools to help them become more competitive in school and in today’s job market.