Bridge Boys & Girls Club - The Learning Center members with some of their new laptops.

Bridge Boys & Girls Club - The Learning Center members with some of their new laptops.

Mayo Clinic empowered Bridge Boys & Girls Club - The Learning Center members to work hard and succeed through education, by donating 20 laptops to replace the existing eight-year-old computers in the Club’s computer lab. The repurposed computers came equipped fast solid state drives, the latest Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft Office 2007 for productivity, and will be available for all Club members to use for educational programs.

Mayo Clinic representative presenting the laptops

Mayo Clinic representative presenting the laptops

“Computers plays an essential role in everyday Club activities. Our Club members use them to access educational websites and to fill out required national surveys from Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” explained Rochelle Huggins, The Learning Center’s Unit Director. “Early computer literacy is essential for future employability, and we want to prepare our students now to consider fields in health, computer science, engineering and mathematics.”

Since 2007, Mayo has donated 701 computers to area charities and non-profit organizations, including a similar donation to Beaches Boys & Girls Clubs in 2017. Mayo Clinic specializes in over 40 distinguished programs including, cancer, transplantation, neuroscience, heart disease and digestive diseases.

The Learning Center Club members who attend Duval County Public Schools will be able to access iReady and Achieve 3000 math and literacy programs. Club members who attend private schools will be able to access other educational sites such as, coolmath.com and starfall.com.

The Bridge Boys & Girls Club – Learning Center serves an average of 120 students from across Northeast Florida, ages 6 -12 from 2 to 6 p.m. every weekday. Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida are committed to providing a safe place after school for Club members to have fun, make friends and build their own great futures through technology, programing and resourceful staff.