Adriana Santoyo - March 2015
Adriana Santoyo first started to coming to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) 8 years ago when she was in first grade. Her parents found out about the Youth Education program from a family friend, whose daughter was getting tutoring help in the program. Her mom brought her here to see if she would like coming to the program after school, and she really liked it. Adriana loved that all the volunteers made her feel welcome, she got to work on different projects and received help with her math homework. “The tutoring here has helped me a lot in math. I was feeling really behind and wasn’t doing well on tests and all the tutors here are really helpful,” Adriana shares.
SFBFS’ Youth Education program serves children ages 1-18. Three different components provide youth with educational assistance, enrichment activities and cutting edge technology at no cost. One component of Youth Education program is the Computer Clubhouse, serving teens in 7–12 grades. The Intel Computer Clubhouse is an international community of 100 Computer Clubhouses located in 20 countries, providing youth with life-changing opportunities for over 20 years. The Computer Clubhouse mission is to provide a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people from underserved communities work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.
Computer Clubhouse at SFBFS provides Adriana with a safe place to go after school, while giving her a place to study, learn technology, practice sewing skills and more. “I want to be in the Computer Clubhouse because I want to create new things,” she says. “I have learned a lot of things like sewing, 3D printing, Adobe Photoshop and photography.” Her favorite projects are sewing and silk printing on fabric. She recently sewed a pillow and silk screened a camera on it to show her love of photography.
Adriana also shares that the Teen Summit has helped her become a better leader with her peers and to younger children. The Teen Summit is a Computer Clubhouse initiative to help build leaders in the clubhouse network. The top two leaders of each clubhouse are selected by the Clubhouse Coordinator to go to Boston to attend a Teen Summit Conference. Through the Teen Summit, Adriana has learned to have a strong voice with her peers and with the younger children. Even though she describes herself as shy and quiet, she has learned to be a leader.
Another aspect of the Computer Clubhouse that is highly attractive to parents is the college preparedness initiative. “Ms. Kelly Ann wants us to be ready for college. We take field trips to different universities throughout the year. This year, I hope we go on a tour of UC Davis or UC Santa Cruz.” After high school, Adriana plans to attend a university in California and would love to attend Sacramento State or UC Davis.
“Adriana is very patient and eager to learn, she gets along with everybody,” says Kelly Ann Adams, Computer Clubhouse Coordinator. “She comes in everyday, always gets involved in projects to learn something new. She does well in school and it comes through in her work in the Clubhouse.”
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