Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III Attends Grand Re-Opening Ceremony

Chris Shaban, Assemblyman Isadore Hall III (D-Compton), Charisse Bremond
Weaver, Stacy Hill Williams

GTECH unveiled its newest After School Advantage computer lab at the Brotherhood Crusade Youth Source Center’s Cyber Café in Los Angeles with an official grand re-opening ceremony today. GTECH’s charitable giving program was implemented in 1999 to assist in the education of at-risk youth in jurisdictions worldwide where the company does business. GTECH is the online lottery technology provider for the California Lottery.

“GTECH is pleased to provide the youth of Los Angeles with access to a broad range of tools to help them achieve opportunities for a brighter future through this donation of new computers, technology, and equipment,” said GTECH Regional Vice President Chris Shaban. “GTECH is committed to promoting success by providing the essential tools for at-risk youth to succeed in life.”

GTECH representatives joined California State Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III and Brotherhood Crusade President Charisse Bremond Weaver at the event. Assemblymember Hall was the guest speaker for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"I thank GTECH for supplying our youth with the tools to access new opportunities in the 21st Century," said Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III. “The new computers and updated facility will provide young people with advanced technology to access educational opportunities to help prepare them for today’s job market.”

The Brotherhood Crusade Youth Source Center is a one-stop shop that helps young people plan and prepare for life after high school. In partnership with the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Department, the center provides job readiness training, GED preparation, independent study programs, internship opportunities, college exploration workshops, career path workshops and job placement.

With the addition of the Cyber Café, the Youth Source Center will also equip students for careers that require technological savvy.

As part of GTECH’s $22,000 donation, the Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center’s Cyber Café received five new MacBook Pro computers, two dual-sided whiteboards, a projector, a projector cart, 12 training tables, 20 chairs, a wireless router, and additional software. GTECH California employees worked with the school to tailor this computer lab to suit the needs of its students. They volunteered many hours to purchase and install all of the technology and set up the furniture themselves, in addition to their daily job responsibilities. This renovated high-tech Cyber Café will help provide some of Los Angeles’ youth and teens with computer skills, GED completion, educational workshops, job readiness, and more.

“The Brotherhood Crusade is honored to receive and be part of the GTECH After School Advantage program,” said Brotherhood Crusade President and CEO Charisse Bremond Weaver. “The enhanced technology, state-of-the-art computers, and furniture will assist the Brotherhood Crusade in continuing our mission in providing the necessary tools and resources for our youth to be well-equipped and more competitive in school and in the communities we serve. Partners like GTECH, who know the importance of technology and education for our young people and helping our organization to continue integrating the two, in a safe and fostering environment, is how future doctors and scientists are born. We look forward to a long partnership between GTECH and the Brotherhood Crusade as we decrease the digital disparities for our young people by providing rewarding experiences in the After School Advantage program.”

Founded in 1968, the Brotherhood Crusade's principal mission is dedicated to building and sustaining an institution that raises funds and resources from within the community and distributes those funds directly back into the community. Brotherhood Crusade has a history of building alliances with other organizations, corporations, and foundations of goodwill that are committed to and understand the tremendous need for helping their community and people grow and prosper.

Today’s event marks the 230th GTECH After School Advantage computer lab donation for the global giving program since it was first implemented in 1999. In addition to the California Lottery, GTECH is the lottery technology provider to more than 20 lotteries in the U.S. and dozens of jurisdictions outside the U.S.

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