As her alarm sounds, she reaches to turn it off and notices it is still dark outside.
It’s 5:30 am and Valeria* is beginning her day. She catches a bus to Valley College in San Bernardino and heads to the library where she uses the computer lab to complete her assignments, most of which must be submitted electronically to the professor.
“If I had a computer, I could do my homework in the evenings at home,” she told Children’s Fund last year.
Valeria’s story is not unique and youth like her inspired Computer Camp several years ago.
Computer Camp is a program at Children’s Fund where we partner with San Bernardino County Child and Family Services, and their Independent Living Program (ILP) to provide high school graduating students in the foster care system and other vulnerable system-involved youth with a complete, new computer package.
Each student receives a Laptop Computer, Licensed Microsoft Office Software bundle, a Desktop Printer, and a full-day of computer training by the county IT department.
Because Children’s Fund believes that all students leaving the foster care system could benefit from a laptop computer to be successful in college, university, or vocational school, we purchase their computer equipment each year (investment of $60,000).
This year, YOU, our valued donors, helped in this effort and supported our first annual Computer Camp drive in April with contributions totaling $30,000. THANK YOU for your generosity.
120 high school graduates received a complete computer package and over 80 attended an all-day training session to learn how to use their new laptop and printer.
Because of YOU, we have set up students like Valeria with the tools they need to be more successful in school.
*For privacy, names have been changed.