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Providing Laptops to Help Foster Youth

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Providing Laptops to Help Foster Youth
Providing Laptops to Help Foster Youth
Providing Laptops to Help Foster Youth
Providing Laptops to Help Foster Youth
Providing Laptops to Help Foster Youth
Providing Laptops to Help Foster Youth
Providing Laptops to Help Foster Youth
Providing Laptops to Help Foster Youth
Providing Laptops to Help Foster Youth

Summary

Fewer than 20% of foster youth have access to computers where they live compared to 90% of all U.S. teens. When provided with computers, grades, social connections and self-esteem all improve, while truancy, depression and suicidality decrease. A computer provides access to the world and teaches youth the skills they need to thrive. The 1-Laptop For Foster Youth Program provides computer to youth in foster care to help them become successful, independent adults.

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Challenge

Fewer than 5% of rural foster youth, and 20% of urban foster youth have access to a computer where they live. This places U.S. foster youth ahead of only one country in the world, Uganda. The outcomes for our foster youth are tragic: 46% will drop out of high school or fail to get GED by 19, 51% will be homeless, 50% will be unemployed, 70% will be on government assistance, and less than 3% will earn their bachelor's degree. A computer can change all of this.

Solution

Our foster youth are failing because we don't provide them with the resources and experiences they need to thrive. Access to a computer increases academic performance, social connections and life satisfaction. Grades improve, relationships improve, self-esteem improves, outcomes improve. One very specific, tangible investment in our youth changes their lives forever.

Long-Term Impact

The cost to society of not investing in a foster youth is estimated to be $1 million in social services and lost income, not to mention the wasted potential of a life. A small investment of $225 provides a computer and a window to opportunity. The 1-Laptop Program will provide a computer to each of the 10,000 foster youth in California ages 16-21, and provide a model for other states and the Federal Government to replicate.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.ifoster.org
iFoster home page
Evaluation of Computer Access for Foster Youth
Coalition to provide foster youth with computers

Organization Information

iFoster

Location: Truckee, CA - USA
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Twitter: @ifosterorg
iFoster
Reid Cox
Project Leader:
Reid Cox
Truckee, CA United States

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