The YWCA Canberra Clubhouse is a high tech digital studio where Tuggeranong youth collaborate with industry mentors to design, create, and pursue their passions.
Today, over 100 Clubhouses in 20 countries reach tens of thousands of young people from underserved communities each year. Many were started with funding by Intel Corporation, which has invested $50 million since 2000.
Others were started by local foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals who believe in the Clubhouse mission. All are supported on an ongoing basis by their own local funding sources.
The sustainability and success of the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse is determined by the support of corporate and philanthropic partnerships. These partnerships may comprise software and hardware contributions, professional mentoring for clubhouse members, and financial contributions to cover operating costs.
We are proud that our partners span the government, private and community sectors – together we are making an incredible impact on young people’s lives!
To find out how your organisation can get involved as a partner, please contact Joanna Le, Director of Communication, Advocacy and Fundraising at Joanna.Le@ywca-canberra.org.au
The Snow Foundation have been a significant support of the Clubhouse. In 2014, The Snow Foundation provided a $20,000 grant to the Clubhouse to support the operational aspects of the project. They have built on this initial support with a further $30,000 over 2016-18, to support the role of the Clubhouse Coordinator, which is crucial to the success of the program.
Georgina Bryon, CEO The Snow Foundation said, “The YWCA Computer Clubhouse is a perfect fit for The Snow Foundation as one of our key focus areas is to fund education and life skills programs for children and adults. This program encompasses all that is good about the Canberra community – volunteers, government, corporate and philanthropic groups working together to provide students with the skills to explore and experience the ever-changing digital world. It allows young people to become engaged, confident and creative in a safe and supportive environment.”
CDC is an Australian company. Since its creation it has been a trusted partner to organisations requiring secure, reliable, green and customised data centre solutions. In 2017, CDC joined our community of Clubhouse partners, by funding a refresh of key equipment in the space, including high spec desktop computers.
Inspiring Australia is a joint initiative between the Federal Department of Innovation, Industry and Innovation, ACT Government, and CBR Innovation Network. Inspiring Australia provides of in-kind support to a range of STEAM initiatives, and a fabulous entrepreneurial and innovation network. In 2017, Inspiring Australia helped revamp the equipment at the Clubhouse, including a number of high spec desktop computers for our members to work on.
Microsoft believes in the positive changes that women bring in decision making processes, managing people, driving corporations and in impacting social life in general.
Microsoft is a founding partner of our Computer Clubhouse, and was instrumental in its establishment and strategic development. The Microsoft team continues to be active contributors through mentoring and in-kind professional support.
The ACT Education and Training Directorate have supported Richardson Primary School to partner with YWCA Canberra’s Computer Clubhouse.
Richardson Primary School are a key partner to YWCA Canberra in this important initiative.
As part of its corporate social responsibility strategy, Heads, Hearts and Hands, Dimension Data Australia are a founding partner of the Clubhouse. Dimension Data designed and deployed the IT environment, have made financial donations to support our operations, and provide ongoing IT support to the Clubhouse.