Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade receives $45,590 grant from the J. J. Keller Foundation to teach technology to Fox Valley youth


David Weiss
Development Director
(920) 725-8992 ext 28


Due to the generous support of the J. J. Keller Foundation, middle and high school age youth at the Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade will be exposed to software development, programming and many more technology skills desired by top local employers.

“Thanks to the $45,590 grant from the J. J. Keller Foundation, our kids will use the latest technology to develop software, edit media and do 3D printing,” said Brigade Executive Director Laura Kemps. “Thanks to many subject matter experts living in our community, we are able to expose area youth to the many emerging technology fields that will change the jobs of tomorrow.”

For many kids, Brigade has been their first exposure to woodworking and welding. This grant allows for the purchase of computers, software and cameras that will be used in Brigade workshops and hobby clubs to expose youth to the latest technology.

The J. J. Keller Foundation has long been interested in reaching underserved youth and providing them with the tools to end the cycle of poverty. With the large demand for technology jobs in the Fox Valley, this project allows the technology experts at J. J. Keller & Associates to give back by teaching skills to the next generation of developers and programmers.

“Our desire to grow local talent fits well with teaching youth about the evolving technology they will use to shape tomorrow’s technology jobs,” said Rustin Keller, J. J. Keller & Associates Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. “Our talented technology leaders are ready to teach and inspire.”


The Brigade is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has been serving Fox Valley youth in grades 6-12 since 1900. Brigade just wrapped up a successful season at Camp Onaway with over 1,000 campers served. Registration is open for the Brigade winter program held at the Neenah campus. For more information, visit

Founded in 1990, the J. J. Keller Foundation, Inc. is a private, family foundation that provides charitable funding to many worthwhile groups within the local community. Partnering up to spread more good, the J. J. Keller Foundation has supported a number of collaborations that help maximize its impact on organizations from Green Bay to Appleton to Oshkosh. These partnerships have addressed children’s behavioral health, food pantries and a host of other programs that work to meet basic needs. For more information, go to