If you’re a young person who is trying to learn web development, digital marketing, or coding on your smartphone, you’re going to have a very hard time getting much done. Similarly, if you’re trying to write and research a school paper on your phone, you’re also limited--and yet, so many of our young people don’t have access to the powerful digital tools they need to learn skills, do school work, and look for a job.
A tech partner of ours is helping give the gift of technology tools to our young leaders.
Earlier this week we had the pleasure of unwrapping 331 relatively new Macbook Pros, MacBook Airs, and Lenovo ThinkPads from one of our technology partners. With the donation of these higher-end machines, 100 of our young people participating in Summer Bootcamp will get to use and receive one of these high quality machines. Additionally, we’ll have spare laptops to use in our after-school classes and update laptops for staff members who are using Chromebooks and Dell Latitudes.
We are grateful to the foundation and e-waste teams at the anonymous tech company for investing in our young leaders and empowering them to explore the world of tech.
Before we distribute them to our young people, our partner Tech Exchange, will double-check to make sure all laptops are ready to use and that there are no glitches with the system. They will also install updated operating systems and new software.
Thank you again to our anonymous tech partner for selecting us as the recipient for their lightly used laptops. Thank you TechExchange for partnering with us to run diagnostics, update systems, and distribute these amazing laptops to our young people and to community members in East and West Oakland.
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