Sovereign Order awards Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley $37,500 grant

Grant supports critical technology upgrades including the purchase of new Chromebooks
By: Sovereign Order of St. John
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Nov. 9, 2023 - PRLog -- Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley (BGCSV) is excited to announce it has been awarded a $37,500 grant from the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller (Sovereign Order) to support critical technology upgrades at the Christopher, Edenvale, and Stipe Clubhouse computer labs through the purchase of new Chromebooks.

"With the Sovereign Order's support, we can now ensure the highest quality delivery of the STEM components for our C5: 21st Century Learning Initiative—a suite of STEM, literacy, college and career readiness programs," said BGCSV President & CEO Steve Wymer. "One of our core priorities is to empower youth to create the future through technology and through this grant, we can make that a reality."

Each Club provides members with hands-on, creative STEM programming, and gives them more access to tech programs unavailable to them outside of the Club. This sparks an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. With upgraded computer equipment for these clubhouses, youth will continue to be inspired and discover new passions on their path to a Great Future. Upgrading the technology centers at these three Clubhouses will help deliver the STEM components of its C5 initiative to under-served youth, ages 5-18, to improve schoolyear and summer programs; take advantage of new group learning technology; and reduce the digital divide within its membership, thus improving members' chances of graduating from high school, moving on to post-secondary education and discovering a career. It will also significantly improve outcomes for the core technology programming.

"We are beyond excited to use proceeds from our Summer Garden Party to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley," said Kathy Wiley, member of the Sovereign Order. "Our mission is to care for the sick and the poor. Through this grant, it is our hope that BGCSV can support effective, evidence-based educational strategies that close the achievement gap and enable students to meet California's challenging academic standards."

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley
Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of youth development in Santa Clara County for over 75 years, providing innovative and effective afterschool and summer enrichment programs primarily for low income, at-risk Santa Clara County youth ages 5-18+ years.

About the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller (Sovereign Order)
Sovereign Order is a Christian, chivalric, ecumenical, and international community of members, who continue more than 1000 years of tradition helping the sick and the poor of all nationalities, races and creeds.

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