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ONTARIO—Students at the Western Treasure Valley Boys and Girls Club have a new learning gadgets thanks to a donation of 14 Google Nexus tablets from Telmate…
Thanks to a recent donation of 14 Google Nexus tablets from Telmate, members of the Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley are waiting in line to do their math homework. The Math Masters initiative, as it is called, is part of Telmate’s community outreach program, and is one of many efforts the company supports to help youth achieve success in school and life.
“Telmate’s technology serves over 70,000 men and women who are incarcerated,” reports Telmate Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Hansen. “Due to socioeconomic factors in many of the regions we serve, children often have very limited opportunity and far too often end up in a life of crime,” says Hansen. “We want to break this cycle and empower these children to break away from that path.”
The Math Masters initiative relies on using a program on the tablet known as a “learning platform” called eCarrot. According to eCarrot Founder and CEO Patrick Grimes, eCarrot gives children the incentive and the mechanism for self-improvement by using smart devices.
Club members using eCarrot are challenged with solving age-appropriate math questions. As they get answers correct they collect time that they can then use to play popular games like Angry Birds or Subway Surfer as a reward. The Boys & Girls Club is offering the Math Masters program to sixty, second and fifth grade members to see how best to manage the huge appeal.
Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Matt Sorensen was extremely pleased with the introduction of the tablets. “These tablets are far more popular that we thought they would be,” he says. According to Sorensen, one child that has struggled with behavior issues quickly earned 20 minutes of playtime and was even helping other kids solve their problems. “When you see kids practicing math that wouldn’t do it otherwise, you know this program is doing something right.”
ONTARIO – The Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley is kicking off its annual GREAT Futures campaign with gusto thanks to a $15,000 gift from local business and inmate communications leader, Telmate.
The GREAT Futures campaign raises funds to sponsor kids 1st Girls Club summer session and provide quality after school programs like Power Hour homework help, arts and crafts, fitness and sports, as well as making sure no child goes hungry by providing them a hot meal. Scheduled to run through mid-April, the campaign seeks donations from individuals and businesses. This year’s campaign chair is former county Sheriff Andy Bentz whose goal is to raise $60,000 for the Club. “Everyone from the Board of Directors, Club volunteers, and Club staff have all personally donated to the campaign. Together they have given a total of $22,000 which I think really shows how invested they are. And now thanks to the generosity of Telmate our campaign has raised $37,000. All we need now is the rest of our community to show their support and we will be able to reach our goal.”
“It’s an honor to partner with the Boys & Girls Club,” says Telmate President and local resident, Kevin O’Neil. “They really make a difference in the lives of kids in our community.” Telmate is proud to have been founded in Ontario, Oregon and now has offices in both Oregon and California and is the third largest inmate communications provider in the U.S. thanks to their customer service and cutting-edge technologies.
In 2012, the Boys & Girls Club was averaging 93 kids a day and now in their new location average 123 kids a day. “The Club is making a difference in the community,” added Bentz. “That is 123 of our kids involved in positive activities and getting help on their school work and staying out of trouble.”
“We can either support the Club and its kids or keep paying the high cost of other services that are not positive for the kids or the greater communities,” said Bentz. “The actual cost of providing the Boys & Girls Club experience for one kid for a year is about $600. Compare that to what it costs when a kid goes in the wrong direction and drops out or becomes a teen parent and ends up with lifelong governmental support of all types, you can see The Club is a great return on your investment.”
“I cannot think of a better investment in our children and community than the Boys and Girls Club of the Western Treasure Valley, it just fits so well with some of the other great projects taking shape here,” Bentz said. If you would like to invest in local kids through the GREAT Futures campaign, contact Matt Sorensen at (541) 889-7979 or visit www.bgcwtv.org to donate online.