Samsung Helps Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston Recover in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Rebuilding Efforts Give Kids and Teens the Opportunity to Embrace STEM with Tech Center Makeovers

HOUSTON--()--Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today unveiled brand new Tech Center makeovers at two Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston locations, as well as a technology donation to a third Club, that were the worst damaged during Hurricane Harvey. To date, Samsung has donated technology and resources valued at over $300,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. These in-kind donations are a part of the $1,000,000 gifted to the Houston community immediately following Hurricane Harvey.

“Natural disasters affect community members in varying ways, so we wanted to bring relief to the community of Houston that would help kids now and in the future”

Young members of all three clubs were surprised with the latest in Samsung technology, including laptops, tablets, and televisions. As part of the Tech Center makeovers, a dedicated area in both the Spring Branch and Stafford Clubs was also overhauled with new flooring, furniture, and fixtures, including flexible seating that can be rearranged to best meet the studying needs of the students. Each of the Tech Centers was designed to be modern and functional spaces for the Boys & Girls Club members to be able to interact with technology and focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.

Samsung, a long-time partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), worked closely with Greater Houston Clubs to help transform locations that were the most in need following the storm. Both the Spring Branch and Stafford Clubs suffered flooding that not only impacted the Clubs, but also members’ homes in the surrounding areas. The Galveston Club endured significant damage to their roof, doors, and windows and is currently undergoing renovations.

“Natural disasters affect community members in varying ways, so we wanted to bring relief to the community of Houston that would help kids now and in the future,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “By empowering these kids with technology and building these Tech Centers, we’re creating a safe and welcoming environment for them to learn and focus on their futures, while many of their families are still recovering.”

“We’re so thankful to Samsung for this generous contribution to our Houston community,” Kevin Hattery, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, stated. “Our Club members will use this much needed technology daily to complete their homework and participate in Club programs. Many youth and teens do not have computers at home, so this donation by Samsung is much needed as we continue to push our Club members in the direction of academic success.”

Since 2014, Samsung has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a shared commitment to empower youth to explore a future in STEM. Together, Samsung and BGCA have developed programs designed to provide STEM learning opportunities and engage in STEM related projects and activities to foster this commitment and help build the future leaders of tomorrow.

To learn more about Samsung’s initiatives with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, visit here.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA) is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today’s technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com. For the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston

At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, we inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For over 65 years, we have provided after school and summer programming, including homework assistance, nutritious meals, sports leagues, caring mentors, and access to the arts, for over 11,000 of Greater Houston's most vulnerable children ages 6-17. www.bgcgh.org

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