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Gail Breslow


How can after school technology programs engage and inspire young people while providing them with tools to succeed in college and beyond? In a recent article for STEM Ready America, Gail uses the Clubhouse Network as a case study to illustrate how investments in STEM programs can result in big payoffs.

As part of The Moth’s More Women in the World series, Gail recounted a childhood memory from a year spent in post-war Germany. The story, which highlights the cultural and psychological tensions of being the only Jew in a German elementary school, recently aired as a special on NPR

Gail Breslow is the director of The Clubhouse Network, an after-school technology program that provides young people in under-served communities a place to explore ideas, develop skills, and build confidence in themselves and their potential. The Clubhouse model is built on cutting-edge research on the role of affect and motivation in the learning process, the importance of social context, and the interplay between individual and community development. In a recent survey, 97% of Clubhouse alumni described the program as the most important source of support for setting high goals and expectations of themselves.

Under Ms. Breslow’s twenty-two years of leadership, the organization has grown from a single location in Boston to 100 Clubhouses in 20 countries around the world and currently serves over 25,000 children each year.

In addition, Ms. Breslow has spearheaded the development of initiatives such as Hear Our Voices – a Clubhouse program for girls and young women – and Clubhouse-to-College/Clubhouse-to-Career – a program to help young people plan for the future and realize their potential through the technology skills and experience they get at the Clubhouse.

Prior to joining Clubhouse, Ms. Breslow spent 12 years with Gemini Consulting, an international management consulting firm, where her work focused primarily on strategy implementation and organization management for Fortune 500 companies. She also served as Program Director at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Breslow holds an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in Ohio and an MBA from Stanford University