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Future filmmakers and musicians get head start at the YWCA computer clubhouse

YWCA Canberra has launched a new audio visual production studio at its Computer Clubhouse in Richardson, the first of its kind in the ACT.

The YWCA Computer Clubhouse is a creative and collaborative out-of-school learning environment open to young people aged 10-18 in the Tuggeranong region, which provides free access to cutting edge technology and the Internet.

Through the Clubhouse, young people have the opportunity to learn about coding, programming, photography, 3D modelling, robotics and more, as well as connecting with professional mentors who guide and support them to pursue their passions.

The AV studio was built with the support of Lockheed Martin Australia, and includes new video cameras, audio recording equipment, editing hardware and software, as well as a professional green screen and lighting equipment.

Frances Crimmins, Executive Director of YWCA Canberra said, “Since launching the Clubhouse in October last year, we have attracted over 80 members who access the facility each week.

“We’re delighted that 35 percent of those members are girls, and 11 percent are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.

“Our members have had access to some amazing opportunities so far, including work experience taking professional photos at a Canberra Brave ice hockey match, and access to established mentors from across the local ICT sector,” she said.

YWCA Canberra’s corporate partners are critical to keeping the Clubhouse running, and the generous support of Lockheed Martin Australia in building the AV studio means that members are provided with the opportunity to get a head start in the film and music industries.

Lockheed Martin Australia has been a partner of the Clubhouse since inception, and the AV studio is another demonstration of their commitment to building pathways for young people into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. 

Ms Julie Dunlap, Lockheed Martin’s Vice President of Information Systems and Global Solutions business in Australia, said the corporation is proud to support the Clubhouse and provide funding for its new AV studio. 

“Advancing STEM education is a critical focus for Lockheed Martin. We are committed globally to working with groups such as YWCA Canberra to provide young people, no matter what their background, an opportunity to be inspired to become tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians.”

To find out more about the Clubhouse visit: www.ywca-computerclubhouse.org.au, follow the Clubhouse on Twitter, or like the Clubhouse Facebook page.

Frances Crimmins is available for interview.

Media contact: Zoya Patel – 0429 210 881.

About YWCA Canberra: YWCA Canberra is a feminist, not-for-profit community organisation that has been providing community services and representing women’s issues in the Canberra community since its establishment in 1929. YWCA Canberra employs more than 350 staff across the ACT, and delivers 30 quality programs in children’s services, community development, housing, youth services, women’s leadership, advocacy, and training. Represented in 122 countries, the YWCA has a global reach of 25 million women and girls. As part of this international movement, YWCA Canberra works for a world where reconciliation, justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment are promoted and sustained through women’s leadership.

 

 

Updated:  7 November, 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute