IGT Donates Advanced Technology to Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle to Support its STEM Room Initiative
Assemblymember Steve Otis, New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Jonathan Raymond, IGT Account Development Manager Paul Stelmaszyk, Program Participant Vianney Godinez, Boys and Girls Club Chief Executive Officer Becky Mazzanobile, Columbus Elementary School Principal Michael Galland, and Boys & Girls Club Program Director and Mascaro Clubhouse Unit Director William Iannuzzi
On Monday, September 19, 2022, leaders from International Game Technology (IGT) and the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle gathered to celebrate IGT’s donation of state-of-the-art computer equipment and technology to enhance the nonprofit’s STEM program. The celebration featured remarks by representatives from IGT and the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle, as well as State Assemblymember Steve Otis (AD-91), New Rochelle City Councilwoman Martha Lopez-Hanratty (District 1), and New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Jonathan Raymond.
IGT donated the technology through its global After School Advantage program, which is devoted to providing young people with access to technology in a safe, nurturing, afterschool environment. The donation of an iMac, 10 Chromebooks, a 72” Promethean ActivPanel™ interactive display, and furniture will help advance the Boys & Girls Club’s STEM Room Initiative. The STEM Room Initiative helps close education opportunity gaps for the youth of New Rochelle by providing access to innovative and creative programs and resources that develop creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills applicable to future STEM careers.
“With IGT’s support, we are able to expose our members to STEM programming and activities as a complementary resource to our school district to support our members’ academic success,” said William Iannuzzi, Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle Director of Clubhouses and Secondary School Programming. “Boys & Girls Clubs promote learning and set a high value on education. The support from IGT will support our vision of ensuring every Club member graduates from high school ready for post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.”
“As a global leader in gaming technology, we recognize the importance of STEM programs and commend the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle for introducing the next generation of leaders to key skills and future opportunities in STEM,” said Paul Stelmaszyk, IGT New York Account Development Manager. “For more than 20 years, IGT’s After School Advantage program has helped thousands of young people have access to powerful combinations of the most advanced technology and learning resources. This donation to the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle will allow students to continue exploring STEM careers and set them up for future success.”
Founded in 1929, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle has been an integral part of the New Rochelle community, offering its youth safe and achievement-driven programming focused on the whole child, encompassing academics, mental wellness, fitness, leadership, and civics. Today, it serves nearly 3,000 youth and 1,000 members each year at various school sites and two clubhouse locations, offering them a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life-enhancing programs, and character development experiences, and hope and opportunity.
As a global leader in the lottery and gaming industry, IGT has been promoting both the advancement of tech literacy and STEAM opportunities by providing young people access to technology since the After School Advantage program was founded in 1999. IGT donates an assortment of computers, online technology, computer software, furniture, and volunteer hours to the non-profits it partners with for each after school program.
To learn more about IGT’s After School Advantage program, visit IGT.com.