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Santa Swings by Early with Tech Gifts for Needy Teens

When:  Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Where:  NEY Computer Technology Center, 2662 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001

Who/What:  Neighbors Empowering Youth (NEY), a nonprofit service organization, will present laptops to ten teens who lack computers. The youth are from Flintridge Center's Youth of Promise mentoring program, which pairs Washington Middle School students who have academic or other challenges with volunteer mentors.

As part of the giveaway, NEY will present an Internet safety class to the teens' parents. Instruction will cover sexting, cyber bullying and how to steer kids away from inappropriate websites.

NEY provides free computers and computer training to youth in Northwest Pasadena and Altadena and has given away more than 200 computers to date. The computers are donated to NEY and then refurbished, thereby reducing e-waste. The ten laptops were donated by Parsons. NEY offers an array of workshops for youth and adults at its state-of-the-art Computer Technology Center. NEY has also established computer labs at local community organizations and in two Pasadena schools.

"A child without a computer is like a school without pencils," said John Smith, NEY President & CEO. "Kids who don't have computers are at a disadvantage academically. Computers are essential tools for success in today's information society."

"The kids are really excited about getting the laptops," said Flintridge Center Program Director Ricky Pickens, who oversees the mentoring program. "These are youth who struggle in school. The computers will help them keep up with their classes and boost their learning. We are grateful for NEY's support."

Flintridge Center's mentoring program focuses on Washington Middle School students with risk factors such as failing grades, high truancy and absentee rates and living in neighborhoods with gangs. Mentors are recruited from the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments, city agencies and businesses.

About Neighbors Empowering Youth (NEY):  NEY is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) service organization established to provide computers and computer training to the under-served youth of the Northwest Pasadena and Altadena communities who are especially vulnerable to the effects of poverty, crime, gang involvement, unemployment and are at academic risk; and to build the skills and knowledge needed to advance their studies and to help them function and contribute in a technologically rich society. For more information, visit www.neypcworkshop.org.

About Flintridge Center:  Flintridge Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) working to combat the effects of poverty and violence in Northwest Pasadena/West Altadena by furthering the positive development of youth, reducing barriers to employment and steering individuals away from gangs, violence and incarceration. Mentoring and out-of-school programs focus on improving student achievement and graduation rates at Washington Middle School and John Muir High School. Flintridge also provides formerly incarcerated individuals and former gang members with a network of support and resources, case management, preparation for construction trade apprenticeships, and workforce opportunities designed to build self-sufficiency. For more information, visit www.flintridge.org.

 

 

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