Laptops for college bound students



First Time Computers is a DC-based nonprofit that collects, refurbishes, and distributes donated computers to low-income people and the community organizations that serve them. We seek to empower and enhance the educational and employment prospects of low-income youth by widening their access to the world of technology. $10,000 will provide laptops for 150 college-bound low-income students.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Understanding how to use computers is crucial for young people to achieve educational success. Having easy access to the Internet, word processing, and education software, to write reports, conduct research, submit assignments, and receive feedback, has been shown to vastly enhance students' potential to succeed and is thus essential for school. Students that lack easy access to computers because they are unaffordable find themselves at a severe disadvantage relative to their peers.

How will this project solve this problem?

FTC takes donations of used computers and then trains teens to restore them into high-quality, fully-equipped systems to distribute to those who can't afford them. In doing so, we help bridge the digital divide that separates those who have access to computers and those who do not. Furthermore, by teaching unemployed teens how to work with computers, we enhance their future employment prospects and encourage them to stay in school.

Potential Long Term Impact

First and foremost, FTC seeks to widen low-income students' access to technology and expand their educational resources by providing refurbished laptops to meet all their computing needs. By doing so, FTC aims to even the playing field and enhance low-income students' capacity to succeed. Second, FTC serves as a technical training ground for young people for careers in technology. Finally, in recycling, FTC prevents electronic waste from entering our soil, groundwater, and atmosphere.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $6,619

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $6,619 .  The original project funding goal was $10,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Edan Lichtenstein

Washington, DC United States

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