The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network
Inspiring youth through technology
The Intel® Computer Clubhouse Network is a community-based after-school learning program that lets youth in underserved communities use digital technology to develop creative projects inspired by their own ideas. These fun, multimedia projects help them build the technical and professional skills they will need for personal and professional success in the 21st century.
At a Computer Clubhouse, young people work with adult mentors to:
- Get experience with high-end professional hardware and software;
- Develop technical fluency;
- Build their skills and self-confidence.
Computer Clubhouses can also inspire gifted students who may find school boring or unchallenging. They are open, supportive places where young creators can use their after-school time (approximately 40% of each student’s waking hours) constructively.
There are two computer clubhouses in the Philippines. Both are located in the Province of Cavite. The first clubhouse is in the Municipality of General Trias while the second clubhouse is in the Municipality of Bacoor. Both clubhouses were established in partnership with Intel Philippines and the respective Office of the Mayor.
General Trias - Intel Computer Clubhouse
In a community where only two out of eight households have a personal computer, the establishment of the General Trias - Intel Computer Clubhouse is considered a blessing by the youth residing within its vicinity and those studying at the Governor Ferrer Memorial National High School which is located just across the clubhouse. Upon its launching in 2002, the queue of excited youngsters seeking clubhouse membership stretched across two blocks. Now on its 11th year, the clubhouse is considered a second home by most of its 150 members.
“It’s great to have a place to go to after school. If we don’t have a lot of school work, we go to the clubhouse and try out different computer software or create music videos. Our school has won a number of awards on ICT design and skills competitions because of the training given to us by clubhouse mentors,” shared Marcus Patam, a senior at the nearby high school.
The General Trias Computer Clubhouse has strong working relationships with different organizations in the community, the local government and Intel Philippines. The school administrators and student groups of the Governor Ferrer Memorial National High School also benefit greatly from the facilities of the clubhouse. The high school’s campus journalists design and edit their newsletter at the clubhouse due to the lack of facilities and software at their high school computer laboratory. Some of the school’s computer classes are held at the clubhouse to enable the students to use the different tools and software which are not available to them in school. The Clubhouse also lends its facilities for other activities of the community such as the in-service teacher training on the use of ICT.
Bacoor - Intel Computer Clubhouse
The Bacoor - Intel Computer Clubhouse was built in 2008 to provide a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment for young people from underserved communities. The clubhouse has benefited both members and non-members, which include young people studying in private and public schools, as well as out of school youth. Most of its members are from the Bacoor Elementary School, which is situated beside the clubhouse and high school students from the Bacoor National High school. College students from Datamex and St. Dominic College, and community members such as those from the Bacoor Friends Church serve as mentor-volunteers.
The skills acquired by clubhouse members have enabled them to create award-winning projects in photography and web design. Members are also thankful for internet access that allows them to do research for their school assignments and projects. The multimedia skills that they have learned in the areas of web design, graphics, photography, video production and game programming also give members an advantage because they learn these skills at the clubhouse even before they are taught in school. “I was able to apply the things I learned while doing projects involving scratch programming and robotics and apply it to my course which is mechanical engineering. Having access to the internet also helps me a lot in doing my assignments and projects for school,” shared one of its members, Emmanuel Desiderio.
For more information, please contact the following coordinators:
Mr. Kerby Salazar
General Trias Youth Center Building
Barangay Pinagtipunan, General Trias, Cavite
Mr. Lodgene Asuncion
Antonio A. Cobardo
Asst. Clubhouse Coordinator
Bacoor Computer Center Building
Alima, Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines 4102
Telephone: (+6346) 489-7523
“I was very impressed by their talents, and soon I discovered I too had a hidden talent—it was Web design!”
—Camille Layugan, Computer Clubhouse alumna, Philippines
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