Strength Solutions Generator Z funds after-school teen tech program
OLEAN – Strength Solutions received a $ 100,000 grant from Generator Z to provide scholarships to TECH Unleashed, an after-school technology program for teens through Boundless Connections.
TECH Unleashed, available at Boundless Connections Technology Centers in Olean and Rochester, is aimed at 13 to 17 year olds interested in computer programming, 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, graphic art and video / audio editing.
Participants receive advice on project and time management, leadership and team building, public speaking, research and industry networking.
Strength Solutions will distribute the funds, of which $ 30,000 is for the TECH Unleashed program at the Olean Pilot Technology Center. Strength Solutions will provide full and partial scholarships to all members in need.
“Strength Solutions is committed to helping people build a stronger community by developing and using their own unique character strengths,” said Mike Marvin, executive director of Strength Solutions. “The character component of TECH Unleashed makes it unique in technology.
“When we developed this program with Boundless Connections, the emphasis on inclusiveness, respect and recognition of the strengths of others was key to its success,” added Mr. Marvin. “Sure, the teens love the technology in the program, but they also love the fact that they can have a space to be themselves. “
Launched in 2020, Generator Z is a teen-led initiative to reimagine the future of the after-school. Over 1,000 “generators” in Southeast Michigan and western New York State shared their experiences and knowledge online after school. The extracurricular providers came up with ideas for turning this teenage idea into action. Over 90 vendors in both regions have received $ 4 million to bring their ideas to life next year and TECH Unleashed is one of them.
Generator Z is driven by teens and powered by Lakeshore Connections with support from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. Learn more about www.generator-z.org.
To sign up for TECH Unleashed, visit Unlimited Connections.com / tech-unleashed. Members will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays on days when schools are in session.
In addition to scholarships and funding resources, Strength Solutions offers training on strengths-based solutions, including recognizing strengths and working on growth, setting clear boundaries, using restorative justice for conflict resolution and healthy relationships; and the development of coaching skills to help others focus on their strengths.