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Donation of 20+ Laptops to Local At-Risk Scholars Supports Their College Dreams

With all the unexpected aspects of life right now, there are many events getting postponed and cancelled. While most high school seniors had to miss their formal graduation ceremonies this spring, that will not stop them from moving on with their next step as college this fall. 为 有危险的 youth, there are multiple unknowns regarding college – even without the challenges of a pandemic. 例如, many families wonder “How will I be able to get my son or daughter a computer for college?”

That’s why 梦想 活着 Executive Director Eric Muller was thrilled with the idea of 好的赌博软件推荐 donating 超过20台笔记本电脑 在使用条件, “Our organization recently held a virtual graduation party for our graduating scholars using Zoom. During that ceremony, I got the joy of announcing that students would receive laptops from 元素 – and you can imagine their excitement and relief!”

“The idea came up at a 梦想 活着 board meeting, 杰夫·乔伊斯说。, CFO of 好的赌博软件推荐 and a board member for 梦想 活着. “We were discussing possible gifts to the graduating seniors, and as the parent of a graduating senior myself, it crossed my mind that many of them would be going to college and need a laptop and not have access to one. I knew we were decommissioning laptops at 元素, so I asked if we could donate some of those being taken out of service.”

Adam Arffa说, 好的赌博软件推荐首席信息官, the laptops are Lenovo X270's with a current value of $500 each. They have an Intel core and a 256 Gb hard drive, and they’re pre-loaded with Microsoft cloud-based software so they will continue to update throughout the students’ undergraduate college years. The total in-kind donation totals upwards of $10,000.

If 元素 had not donated these computers, Arffa说, “We would have recycled the laptops, meaning had the hard drives shredded and the laptops resold by the recycler. We wish that all the laptops will be used in good health by the students.”查尔斯Akinbola, a former employee of 梦想 活着 and current Lead Branch Manager at 元素, takes pride in staying involved as a board member for 梦想 活着, “This organization doesn’t just talk about making a difference, they change the lives of 有危险的 youth and impact our community through a proven methodology. They have had a 100% high school graduation rate since 2010. The scholars stay in school, out of the streets and harm’s way, and pursue post-secondary education and careers. 梦想 活着 meets kids where they are and shows them the path out of generational poverty. 这是一个强大的使命.”

This organization doesn’t just talk about making a difference, they change the lives of 有危险的 youth and impact our community through a proven methodology.

- Charles Akinbola | Lead Branch Manager

The 梦想 活着 staff will pick up the laptops from 元素 when they are ready and deliver them to the graduating seniors by the end of July. The laptops were preceded by a cash donation of $3,400 raised by a group of 元素 employees whose donations were doubled by a company match. This contribution helped 梦想 活着 to provide all the seniors with a $200 cash gift and a Door Dash dinner for their families on the night of the virtual graduation.

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If you would like to support the scholars of 梦想 活着, please contact Eric Muller, 执行董事 emuller@dreamaliveinc.org.

照片: Vashni Johnson of 好的赌博软件推荐 shops with a 梦想 活着 scholar during their annual holiday shopping event. This is an opportunity for our 梦想 活着 scholars to practice the budgeting skills they learn in the program by purchasing and giving gifts to families in their local community.

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