The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is teaming up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta to engage the technology and business communities and develop a broad array of programs for the club members.

TAG says the programming is designed to provide ongoing opportunities for the youth involved in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta to learn about how to use different technologies and build awareness of career opportunities in technology related fields.

“Being involved in both TAG and the Boys & Girls Clubs, I saw an incredible synergy in the two organizations’ missions and an opportunity to combine our efforts in contributing to the development of our youth,” said Tripp Rackley, TAG chairman and board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “Technology education is critical in arming our youth with the skills they will need to compete educationally and in the workforce.”

TAG will spearhead the effort and elicit involvement from Georgia based businesses and TAG’s Society and Special Interest Groups to help develop and deliver the program’s offerings.

Additional details for the program will be fully defined and rolled out over the course of 2004. TAG and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta have outlined the main components of this community effort thus far:

  • Develop curriculums for different companies to deliver over 12 week timeframes

  • Establish competitions between the 22 Metro Area Clubs that will create opportunities to leverage the Clubs’ technology labs

  • Create an “Adopt-a-Club” program where technology companies will be linked to a specific Boys & Girls Club to help develop further technology related programs

  • Establish a “Tech Company Community Service of the Year” award
  • While the program being launched by TAG and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta is still in its formative stages, the organizations say they are in discussions with several large Atlanta companies interested in getting involved in the initiative.