Across the lower mainland, many youth and their families are unable to access computers because of financial concerns, most which have been greatly exacerbated by COVID-19. Youth whose families cannot afford a computer for them are at a severe disadvantage with their peers as school districts shift to provide online education services.
We are proud to have been able to donate laptops to students in need at Aldergrove Community Secondary School (ACSS).
Working in collaboration with ACSS was extra meaningful for us as our Founder Kelly and myself, Desiree, both attended and graduated from ACSS (see below for the Newsletter mention). Eight years of experience has taught us that sometimes, all a youth needs is a capital good, such as a laptop or pair of shoes, to gain equal footing with their peers. Our laptop project ensures vulnerable youth have access to education and virtual connection.
As BC braces for a second wave of COVID-19 outbreaks, the likelihood of schools opening fully in September seems unlikely. Remotely accessing education and their social network of peers is a right that many youth are not afforded. As a result of COVID-19, we are seeing an increase in youth mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. Being cut off from their peer groups is a significant reason for this, as is the lost confidence and security in online classroom participation.
Our Laptop Project collects new and gently used laptops through community connections and dissemination of information across the lower mainland. If you have a laptop to donate, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org