*Los Angeles, CA — GTECH Corporation opened its After School Advantage computer lab at Amazing Grace Conservatory/AGC in Los Angeles, co-founded by Wendy Raquel Robinson (BETs “The Game”) during an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, October 8, 2011. Amazing Grace Conservatory offers a well-rounded, culturally-enriching educational program to at-risk youth in the performing arts in Los Angeles co-founded by Wendy Raquel Robinson in 1995.
GTECH’s After School Advantage program is a national community investment initiative, which provides non-profit agencies and public schools with state-of-the-art computer labs in states where a GTECH office is located. These labs are designed to provide inner-city children aged five to 15 with a meaningful and fun learning experience during the critical after-school hours, in a safe environment. The initiative is meant to provide an otherwise unavailable educational experience and bridge the digital divide among at-risk children. GTECH Corporation has been a lottery technology supplier to the California Lottery since 1985 and is a supporter of their efforts to raise $23 billion for students attending California’s public schools.
Executives from GTECH joined local dignitaries including California Assembly member Isadore Hall, III; Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas; Actress and Co-Founder of Amazing Grace Conservatory Wendy Raquel-Robinson; Veteran Actress, Marla Gibbs; Raven Symone’ and other Amazing Grace staff and students to unveil the new computer lab.
“I would like to thank Assembly member Hall for being with us today. Without his support and efforts to education at the State level, these children would not have the resources that are available to them today,” said GTECH California Account Development Manager Denise Kimes. “GTECH is proud to continue Assembly member Hall’s support to the local youth of Los Angeles by providing them with this computer lab.”
As part of the GTECH donation, Amazing Grace received 10 new computers, an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier, a projector, a digital camcorder, a digital camera, a wireless router, desks, chairs, decorative pieces, and a variety of educational and creative software. These resources will help provide local children with necessary skills needed to succeed in the future.
“Wendy has done an extraordinary job preparing our youth to dream big,” stated Assembly member Isadore Hall. “These young bright minds have so many distractions in life, but Amazing Grace Conservatory is that beacon of hope or that shining star that today’s youth are looking for. I have always been and will remain a supporter of the arts and technology because they provide an outlet for our youth to express themselves, build self-esteem, and create a positive road map.”
“When I saw the faces of the students and staff at Amazing Grace Conservatory busily preparing for the Grand Opening of our State of the Art Computer Lab generously donated by GTECH, the only way I could describe it is to say it’s amazing and beyond our wildest dreams,” said Actress and Co-Founder of Amazing Grace Conservatory Wendy Raquel-Robinson. “The possibilities are infinite with the technology that we have been given, I cannot thank GTECH enough for turning our students’ dreams into reality by providing the necessary tools to excel them both academically and artistically toward their future endeavors.”
The Amazing After-School Study Hall was created at Amazing Grace to support the academic needs of the attending students. The program is designed to provide opportunities for students to use their free time studying, receiving homework help, learning test taking preparedness, and receiving overall academic assistance while maintaining a rigorous performing arts schedule.
This event marks the 163rd After School Advantage computer lab opening for the nationwide charitable giving program implemented by GTECH Corporation in 1999. GTECH volunteers work with each After School Advantage site across the country to determine the best technology solutions for the centers, and provide the installation of computer hardware, software, and furniture. With one paid workday per year to volunteer at any charitable organization, GTECH employees are encouraged to remain active in their local After School Advantage programs.