To see so much potential and not enough resources is heartbreaking. Our kids should not have to accept the stigma placed upon them for being from "East L.A." The Digital Divide has been named the Civil Rights issue of the 21st century. Our goal is to provide access to technology and the internet to keep our kids competitive in academia and job market.
Our target community meets the federal definition of a "distressed community" due to high percentage of high-risk youth. Surrounded by 17 criminal gangs,the needs are many. Statistics show: a large youth population at 31.5%; larger than any other LA community (US Census); a median family income of $30,000, below the County median of $46, 452; 35% of adults have a HS diploma; 85% of club members have no computers or internet access at home. We serve 2,000 kids ages 5-22 annually.
The objective is to ensure our youth are prepared in technology to compete at school and work, clearing a path toward successful futures in this increasingly complex world. Funds will update or replace 35, 8-year old computers; purchase more computers; offer all levels of computer related classes (from keyboarding, coding, robotics to graphic design & computer science). Resources, access and training are the key.
Preparing 500+ youth in technology, allowing them to be competitive at school and work, will break the cycle of poverty and allow them to become self-sufficient adults. Our main objective is to offer a place where they learn that they HAVE options for the future beyond their otherwise circumscribed world, and we give them genuine tools to turn those options into reality. Our comprehensive holistic approach of the individual through case management pinpoints their needs to create an action plan.