This program was created to rehome, and repurpose PCs, TVs, Gaming Consoles, video games, board games, card games (Pokemon, Digimon, Magic) puzzles, toys, dolls, etc. When you donate, they are prepared, fixed and placed at a community center, a cop house or a parks and recs near you. When you donate, you also get a donation letter for tax purposes. Also, if you think it's broken - don't throw it away.
We look forward to bridging that gap. There are community centers, and places kids go to hang out, or play sports. We know that we have too many of our youth, getting into trouble out there. And they go outside, because, why? Because they are bored? They don't think they have anything better to do? They are outside for long periods of time, with no food. They are influenced by what? Music, Videos, Video Games (mature rated), sometimes they are influenced by the best shoes, and clothes, and jewelry that some of us as parents can't afford. Sometimes, they are latchky kids. It's our mission, to make sure these centers are armed with the tools they need to keep kids off the street.
We schedule events for both public events. Some are open to the public and free. We also, partner with Gaming lounge, to make gaming and snacks available, free and accessible. We need places that kids frequently visit, to be available later in the day, when the risk of getting hurt on the streets is greater.
Why is Music so popular? Why do kids gravitate to songs that have provacative lyrics? How are they able to record themselves on top of a vevo video and avoid the copyright laws? Music and beats, are a HUGE influence. Musicians have an opportunity to meet the kids where they are at and walk them through how to create a video, or walk them through how to create beats, or record themselves, or teach them about copyright laws, even. Hell, last time I asked a kid if he would be interested in synonyms, and antonyms, even homonyms, they were interested! All it takes is an introduction to a different perspective and the possibilities become endless.
There are so many skills that one can learn in a game of Pokemon, a Board Game, or a video Game, even in the virtual world, kids can learn job skills, how to play a sport, or event compete in a league and win a scholarship. They learn long-term and short term strategies, critical thinking, they learn how to play cooperatively, or not. Eitehr way, wouldn't it be great to be able to go to school on a scholarship? We are't the complete solution, but we know that these are activities that should be available to all of our kids. We have a group of gamers that we collaborate with in an effort to make sure that No Kid is what? LEFT BEHIND.
We partner with Gaming peers and lounges that can teach kids how to play. Often times, kids just want to be productive...and so at the game store they are allowed to learn and be productive. We also partner with small businesses that want to employ teens who are interested in particular industries. In my case...we have a bakery opportunity, last year it was accounting and taxes...this year its baking and video game stores. It's important to emmerse the kids in the reality of the small business owner. And we are doing just that.