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The Charity Ball Association will be honored for its $50,000 gift from the Charity Ball Association to renovate youth computer lab
Good Samaritan Community Services

March, 2016

Good Samaritan Community Services (GSCS) is hosting a ribbon cutting for its recently renovated youth computer lab on March 1 at 5:30 p.m in the Ivy League Room at the Good Samaritan Center. All are welcome! In attendance will be representatives of the Charity Ball Association who gave $50,000 to renovate the lab.

Renovations will include GSCS' FULL STEaM component that assists economically disadvantaged youth with new tools and resources to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming. The goal of GSCS' FULL STEaM project is to assist economically disadvantaged youth in developing their capacity to explore and integrate the STEM focus to increase their chances of success in 21st century career exploration. 

Living in an area of concentrated poverty, youth have much less access to community resources, academic enrichment, and family experience with college and career exploration. At-risk students in low income communities, in particular, face additional educational disparity in a world in which success increasingly depends on proficiency in the technology fields. 

"Students living in poverty need opportunities like FULL STEaM at GSCS that are not available during the school day to learn the skills needed for STEM careers that can help lift them out of poverty", explains Jill Oettinger, GSCS CEO. "We are so grateful that the Charity Ball Association helped us equip our youth with this new technology."

For more information about the Ribbon Cutting, please contact Jill Vassar at jill.vassar@goodsamtx.org or 210-424-2065.
About Good Samaritan Community Services
Good Samaritan Community Services is a catalyst for change, supporting individuals and families by providing excellent community services to overcome the impact of poverty.  These services include a child development program, afterschool and summer youth enrichment programs, a college readiness program, family services, and the only nationally accredited senior center in south Texas.  What began as a ministry of the Episcopal Church on the west side of San Antonio in 1951 now reaches 5,500 individuals and families across eight (8) sites in seven (7) South Texas cities.


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