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Digitally savvy youth recruiting mentors


For Release: Wednesday 17 November 2010

Digitally savvy youth recruiting mentors and collaborators

What: Oscar Kightley launches Computer Clubhouse New Zealand’s nation-wide mentor recruitment campaign
When: Wednesday 17 November, 2010
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Aotea Square, Auckland

Oscar Kightley will help Computer Clubhouse New Zealand (CCNZ) launch its nation-wide Mentor Recruitment Campaign, “Thirty Block-busters in 30 Seconds” at the Mobile Computer Clubhouse in Aotea Square at 2:00 pm on Wednesday.

The theme, “Thirty Blockbusters in 30 Seconds” is the subject of a novel video project created by four Auckland Clubhouse youth aimed at promoting and supporting the multi-media recruitment campaign that invites adults to “connect, create and innovate.” Their goal is to produce another 26 videos that spoof blockbuster movies and showcase the talent, skills and creativity of Clubhouse youths (target="_blank">http://www.computerclubhouse.org.nz/staticpages/index.php?page=becomeamentor).

Computer Clubhouse New Zealand, well known for breaking new ground in youth and community development through the use of creative computer technology and connectivity, is recruiting adult mentors and collaborators to work with Clubhouse members in Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Whakatane and Whanganui on a wide-range of creative projects, some with potential commercial value to the youths in the CCNZ network.

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The Mobile Computer Clubhouse, a virtual Clubhouse on wheels sponsored by Hewlett Packard and the first of its kind in New Zealand, will be welcoming visitors in Aotea Square, Wednesday and Thursday,17-19 November, 10:00 am to 4:00pm.

Prospective mentors visiting the Mobile Clubhouse can meet Clubhouse youth members, current mentors, and Clubhouse management team members, and experience first-hand the dynamic, creative energy and innovative thought leadership typical of the Clubhouse environment.

The Mobile Clubhouse will also feature some of the cutting edge technology – hardware and software—currently used by Clubhouse members and mentors around the country to produce digital projects including visual, audio and video, and to facilitate the global connectivity and learning they enjoy.

Mentors work with youth members to explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build self-confidence through the use of state-of-the art technology and an award winning learning model.

Clubhouse mentors are professionals of all ranks, tertiary students, previous Clubhouse members and parents, who collaborate with and support young people who choose to express their interests and talents through the use of creative computer technology, and they vary in age, background, interests, and skills. Current mentors include visual and musical artists, writers, educators, graphic designers, architects, software developers, business people, and people who are generally interested in the role of technology in building society—today and into the future.

There are currently five (5) high-tech Computer Clubhouses in New Zealand located in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Whanganui, and Whakatane. The sixth is on target to begin construction in Auckland City in February 2011.

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