Clubhouse & Mentoring

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Clubhouse @ C4K
The Clubhouse Network is an international community of over 100 clubhouses located in 19 countries, providing youth with life-changing opportunities for over 20 years. The Clubhouse Network is a program of the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab.

The mission of The Clubhouse Network is to provide a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people from underserved communities work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.

The Clubhouse @ C4K uses a learning approach designed to empower youth from all backgrounds to become more capable, creative, and confident learners. This approach is grounded in research from the fields of education, developmental and social psychology, cognitive science, and youth development. It builds on research on the role of affect and motivation in the learning process, the importance of social context, and the interplay between individual and community development. It leverages new technologies to support new types of learning experiences and engage young people who have been alienated by traditional educational approaches.

C4K’s philosophy is youth-centered, engaging, and focused on project based learning (PBL). Our learning model is informed by and aligned with best practices suggested by leading Positive Youth Development (PYD) out-of-school time, technology, and K-12 education organizations such as Youth NexNational Youth Employment Coalition and Buck Institute for Education.

All potential C4K members complete an orientation training session with a parent or guardian and participate in our long-term mentoring program.  Members may also participate in Clubhouse, workshops, and camps.

Member and Parent Orientation
Prior to becoming a C4K member, youth attend a 30 minute registration session at C4K with a parent (or their guardian, adult family member, or adult family friend). C4K’s new member registration consists of an introduction to our program cycle and a hands-on STEAM activity that incorporates collaboration and critical thinking.  Members benefit by becoming part of C4K’s creative community.  During registration, members are introduced to the C4K Clubhouse and Mentoring studios and meet C4K staff members.  The information we get from members and parents during registration helps us make the best match with a mentor.

During new member registration, parents are introduced to our program cycle, discuss the ways parents can best support their children in the program, and gain an understanding of the benefits of C4K’s programs.  C4K staff asks for ongoing parent feedback on our program.  We encourage parents to visit C4K and see the amazing work members are doing in our design studios.  Please contact C4K to schedule a registration appointment at 434-817-1121.

Members develop a positive relationship with a caring adult community volunteer, through weekly, hour-long, sessions over 36 to 40 weeks (about 1 year). Pairs spend their time engaging in hands-on activities, learning new  skills, exploring software applications, and producing projects that have meaning and relevance in their lives.  Each pair’s projects represent an investment of time and effort together and result in the demonstration of mastery of new skills.

Members benefit from our mentoring program in many ways:

  • Develop a sustained positive relationship with a caring adult
  • Build digital skills for college and career
  • Participate in hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities
  • Plan, manage, and complete projects that follow their own interests
  • Reflect, evaluate, and revise project designs
  • Earn a home computer and access to free computer repair
  • Participate in a graduation celebration of their accomplishments

A glimpse at the mentoring timeline:

Hours 1-7 Hours 8-10 Hours 14-18
Members and mentors get to know one
another! They develop ideas
and explore interests
applications together
Pairs work on
a fun collaborative project;
Pairs submit student
planning form
Pairs wrap up
first project and submit
member evaluation form.
(Member becomes eligible for
a home computer depending
availability and pair meeting consistently)
Hours 16-20 Hours 30-33 Hours 33-36
Pairs plan a
second project and submit
a planning form
Pairs finish 2nd
project and submit
evaluation form
Pairs wrap up
mentoring partnership and
member is eligible to graduate
from the Mentorship program!

Workshops and Camps
Computers4Kids offers members and mentors exciting workshops and camps.  Workshops are held weeknights and camps are scheduled over spring and summer breaks. Some opportunities include:


  • College Essay Writing
  • TechGirls
  • Science Magic

Camps (Summer 2017)

  • Hauntings Smart House Camp (June 19-30)
  • Wild Rock: Art & Film Camp (July 10-28)
  • Music Video Camp (July 31-August 4)
  • Entrepreneur Camp (August 7-18)

Space is limited for these summer camps. To register, please fill out this application form and return it to a C4K staff member.

Computers4Kids enthusiastically partners with many local and regional agencies and organizations  to provide high quality opportunities for our members.  Check out our established partnerships and find out more about partnering with us.