Hudson County Boys & Girls Club, Mack-Cali team up for internship program


In a joint effort between the Hudson County Boys & Girls Club and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, a new internship opportunity deemed aims to aid youth in learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The bi-weekly youth internship program, called “The Innovation Squad,”  hopes “to give kids a unique opportunity to gain exposure to this critically important subject matter while also teaching them valuable life skills,” Mack-Cali said in a news release.

The program will focus on design, programming, robotics, and video production, hopes to help kids better understand teamwork, problem solving, and creative thinking.

The Innovation Squad will run three, eight-week sessions and teach engineering concepts through hands-on learning.

The 8- to 12-year-olds from Hoboken and Jersey City will also learn about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones, and make a movie highlighting their experience that will be shown to the public at the end of the program.

“Through this partnership we are proud to give these kids hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology, applications, and products that will, hopefully, inspire them as they mature into young adults,” Mack-Cali CEO Mitchell Rudin said in a statement.

“We are particularly excited to partner with the incomparable Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County and The Macallan Group to invest in the future success of our children.”

Gary Greenberg, the Hudson County Boys & Girls Club executive director, echoed Rudin’s sentiment on the matter.

“The generous support of our partners at Mack-Cali and The Macallan Group allows us to bring this truly transformative program to the children of Hudson County,” he said.

“STEM education is absolutely essential and ensuring that kids are exposed to these concepts at a young age will help put them on the right path for many years to come.”

The program, funded by Mack-Cali, accommodates 12 children per session. Throughout the course, the children, along with their mentors, will learn to operate robots, build a web page, design a logo, learn about branding, create a storyboard and script, and produce a movie.

The Boys & Girls Clubs’ Innovation Squad Feature Film will be showcased at an event, tentatively scheduled for May or June, specifically designed to give the students the opportunity to present their work.

The Hudson County Boys & Girls Club have offices in Jersey City, located at 225 Morris Blvd., and Hoboken, located at 123 Jefferson St.

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