Program offers creative computer technology learning for teens

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News 12 This Morning/Tuesday Sept. 24, 2013

(WRDW)--"They are overly excited," said Jeremy McCoy, Teen Programs Coordinator of the CSRA Boys and Girls Club. "They are already going to their school members and saying 'hey, let's join the club."

McCoy is talking about the young people who're part of the Boys and Girls Club of the CSRA, now partaking in a revitalized Digital Literacy program--all thanks to some help from Comcast.

"Comcast is donating $15,000 to our teen programs and assisting in our new digital literacy program."

McCoy says the relaunch is result of directly asking the students about what they want to do.

"We went to the kids and said, 'hey--what do you want to do?' And, overwhelmingly, they want to make music, they want to learn how to do videos and they want to do their own digital art," he explained.

With the original Club Tech program, teen members from 13 to 18 got educated in web design, blog design and internet safety--where they learn about staying protected online.

"How we deal with social media--Instagram, Twitter, Facebook," McCoy explained.

So, now the program is offering that--and more.

"It's going to involve music production, video production and digital arts production," he said.

McCoy says after more than a year working with the Boys and Girls Club of the CSRA, he's also excited to help teens get started on this new journey.

"I just feel like it's supporting their causes," he said. "A lot of teenagers feel like they don't have a voice, so it feels good for them to actually have a voice and give them something productive to do between the hours of 3 and 7 o'clock pm."

The relaunch is tomorrow from 4 to 5:30pm at the E.W. Hagler Club and it's free for members to attend.

And, it's not too late for any teen to get involved. Becoming a member is $10 per year and you can enroll any time during the year.

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