March 24, 2008

PROJECTS / PEOPLE: Intel Computer Clubhouse / Raed Yacoub (RAMALLAH)

Intel Computer Clubhouse

In November 2004, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah inaugurated Jordan’s first Intel Computer Clubhouse -- an after-school program set up to provide community-based technology-learning programs, enabling youth in underserved areas to acquire the tools necessary for personal and professional success. Established in partnership with the Intel Corporation, the International Youth Foundation (IYF), the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) and the Museum of Science-Boston, the Intel Computer Clubhouse will serve young people, ages 10-18, providing them with access to high-tech equipment, professional software and volunteer mentors to help them develop the self-confidence and enthusiasm for learning they need to be successful in the future. The Clubhouse will operate out of the Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Development in Hashmi Al Shamali.

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Raed Yacoub
Computer Clubhouse Coordinator
Ramallah Intel Computer Clubhouse
Ramallah, Palestine

Video interview with Raed (38 sec, 225k, Real Media)

Raed Yacoub is the Computer Clubhouse Coordinator for the Ramallah Intel Computer Clubhouse, the first of its kind in Palestine and in the Arab Middle East. Raed works directly with young people ages 8-18 in Ramallah and from the nearby Qalandia, Al Ammari and Qadura refuge-camps.

Using his background in computer science, Raed works with youth to experiment with creative expression using technology and to develop necessary work and life skills.

Prior to being elected Clubhouse manager, Raed, worked in the IT department of the Welfare Association* (WA), a private non-profit foundation established to support sustainable development in Palestine. It is now better known in Palestine and the Arab region by its Arabic name, Ta'awoun, meaning "cooperation."

The Ramallah Computer Clubhouse is supported by the WA and the International Youth Foundation, a global network that provides worldwide resources to young people in need.



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