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Ten years of Computers4Kids: Timeless Impact

January is National Mentoring Month.

All month long we are featuring guest posts from many of our local nonprofits that work with youth and need volunteers to become mentors and tutors. On January 26, 2012, the United Way Volunteer Center invites you to our annual Mentor and Tutor Opportunity Fair from 11:00 - 2:00 at the Omni Hotel. There you will be able to meet in person with representatives from 17 local organizations and fit the right fit for you as a mentor or tutor.

Mentor. Tutor. Pass it on!

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Recently Computers4Kids (C4K) officially celebrated its 10th Anniversary Year at our annual graduation ceremony.  Founded with the intent to bring technology to the students who need it most, C4K has evolved to provide a powerful combination of after-school services that ensure low-income students receive the guidance and skills needed to use computers to achieve greater academic and career success. C4K uses mentoring as the means to provide technology training and access because it is a proven tool for increasing positive long term outcomes for at-risk youth. 

If you are wondering whether you can truly make a difference as a mentor, the answer is undeniably YES. You can! After 10 years of matching at-risk students with volunteer mentors from the community, C4K is seeing a real impact.  95% of mentored students tracked by C4K have graduated from high school, and 89% have gone on to college.

As a mentor, you can help give local at-risk students the tools for success, and the chance to make their own positive contribution to our community.  To learn more visit www.computers4kids.net today!

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“Although I wasn’t a bad child or student, I was still considered to be a low-income, “at-risk” youngster.  I thought I did not have the aptitude, intelligence or wherewithal  to do well in school.  C4K helped me to realize that category will never define me!”                                                                   

-Robert Williams, C4K alumnus, speaker at C4K’s 10th anniversary graduation ceremony, and current graduate student in social work at Howard University

 

Guest post by: Computers4Kids

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