C4K’s mission is to empower youth (6-12th grade) from low-income families to be prepared with the 21st-century skills required to attend college, pursue meaningful careers, and ultimately, break the cycle of generational poverty. At C4K, all youth-driven STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) projects are grounded in 21st-century skills. Since C4K opened in 2001, 97% of our youth have graduated from high school (the local rate is 85%), and 92% went on to college.  

All our programming is offered free of charge to youth and their families. We offer:

    • 9+ months of one-to-one mentoring.
    • Year-round drop-in group mentoring.
    • Workshops, job shadowing and field trips.
    • Youth leadership on our Youth Council.
    • Access to industry-level software, Video & Audio Production Suites, Engineering & Robotics Lab,  Clubhouse ‘makerspace’ and Mentor Studio.
    • Self-paced, self-guided projects.
    • A free, refurbished laptop with support.  
    • Access to resources through The Clubhouse Network, a program of the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab.

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