Queens, New York (November 19, 2015) - Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens (VBGCQ) today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a state-of-the-art technology and computer center at VBGCQ’s center located at 21-12 30th Road in Long Island City, Queens. The TWC Learning Lab, funded by a $50,000 grant from Time Warner Cable, will be integrated into VBGCQ’s Internet Safety, Digital Literacy and Career Launch programs that target college and vocational readiness.
“We developed our TWC Learning Labs initiative to help bridge the digital divide for local communities throughout New York City,” Brien Kelley, AVP of Operations in Queens and Brooklyn for Time Warner Cable. “We are very pleased to partner with the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens to open this lab, which will further empower this fine organization to invest in the future leaders of Queens.”
Today’s TWC Learning Lab opening continues TWC’s partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and is in addition to previously announced support. TWC, as part of its Connect a Million Minds initiative, committed $500,000 in cash and in-kind support to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America last year to help address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. The support is enabling the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to launch a new Do-It-Yourself (DIY) STEM program for Boys & Girls Clubs around the country. The VBGCQ, as well as nine other Clubs around New York City, received additional funding from TWC to further support the DIY STEM program.
Matthew Troy, Executive Director of the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, said, “Time Warner Cable has been a strong supporter of us through its Connect a Million Minds initiative. We’re so pleased they are investing in us again, as the 700 children served by the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens will now have access to a state of the art Time Warner Cable Learning Lab. This Lab will help open doors to more 21st Century learning opportunities, providing access to tools and hands on learning that our Club's students will need for future studies and careers in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.”
The TWC Learning Lab at VBGCQ is fully equipped with a complete suite of products and services, including state-of-the-art computers, computer software, Time Warner Cable Business Class Internet service, flat screen high definition (HD) televisions, and HD video service, all underwritten by Time Warner Cable.
TWC committed in 2011 to open 40 TWC Learning Labs in New York City by 2020 — providing low income communities with access to computers and high-speed Internet. TWC’s total investment to equip these 40 labs is anticipated to exceed $2 million, plus additional in-kind funding from Time Warner Cable Business Class for complimentary Internet and video services. Non-profit partners, such as Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, oversee a lab’s daily operations and utilize their technologies to improve the lives of people they serve.
“Education is the most important investment we can make for our children,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “The new learning lab and center help bridge the digital divide and hopefully inspire greater interest in STEM. Queens is grateful to the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens and Time Warner Cable for partnering to create this innovative, state-of-the-art learning lab."
Assemblymember Aravella Simotas said, “Thanks to this exciting new partnership, our community has access to the technology and knowledge that will prepare our children for 21st century careers and build a brighter future for Astoria.”
New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides said, "Internet access is a necessity for students to aide in their education and to build digital literacy. Yet, many households do not have Internet access. This new technology center at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens will help change that paradigm and help improve proficiency in STEM subjects. With advances in technology happening every day, it is important that students have the most up-to-date resources at their disposal. We are grateful for this generous grant that will be used to build the technology center learning lab."
With today’s opening, TWC has now opened 19 labs in neighborhoods throughout New York City. In Queens, labs are already open at Woodside on the Move, Sunnyside Community Services and Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation, Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, and Korean Community Services, Inc.
In Manhattan, labs are located at Easter Seals New York in Lower Manhattan, the LGBT Center on 13th Street, Chinese-American Planning Council in Chinatown, YWCA on W. 56th Street, and in Harlem at the Police Athletic League Center, James Weldon Johnson Community Center, Ali Forney Center and at Penn South Social Services. In Brooklyn, labs are located at the Red Hook Initiative, Good Shepard Services in Park Slope, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and HeartShare Human Services in Bay Ridge. Staten Island is presently home to a lab at the Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City service area includes Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, western Brooklyn, and Mt. Vernon, NY, as well as Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting 16 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising sales arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.twc.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmedia.com.
About The Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens
The Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens has provided the area of Western Queens with a phenomenal after school program for over 60 years. Our Mission is “to provide children of all backgrounds with the skills and abilities that will develop in them the qualities of self-esteem and self-confidence, which are needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.” Every day we welcome over 150 multicultural children into our building, and provide them with a broad range of youth programs. We believe that the key to youngsters’ success is a strong foundation, focusing on creating a well-rounded individual, and we strive each and every day to create this type of atmosphere for all of our Members. To find out more, please visit www.vbgcq.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, or drop by! We’d love to see you!
About Connect a Million Minds
Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) long-term cash and in-kind philanthropic commitment to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. TWC’s national CAMM partners include Boys & Girls Clubs of America and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships. To learn more about Connect a Million Minds, visit www.connectamillionminds.com.