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August 27, 2013 > Notebook computers for youth

Notebook computers for youth

Submitted By Rhea Serran

The F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club presented laptops to two young women from the City of Union City's Youth and Family Services (YFS) program. The computers are provided by the Rotary District 5170 "Children at Risk" program, one of the many "New Generations" services offered by local Rotary Clubs.

Awardees are graduates of Conley-Caraballo High School, who will be starting community college programs. The students have been working since last summer, in jobs they obtained with the help of the City's employment opportunity program at YFS. These computers will empower them to succeed academically and in future careers. To provide additional support, Rotarians from the F.U.N. Sunset Club will mentor the students for the next several weeks.

"We are so proud of these two youth who continue to persevere, despite the significant challenges they have faced in their young lives," said Fabiola Camarillo, the Youth and Family Services Youth Coordinator. "In similar circumstances, many children would have given up, but with a little help and support, youth can be more resilient and can make positive gains for their future."

The F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club, which serves Fremont, Union City, and Newark, applied for a computer grant from the Rotary's "Children at Risk" program, which offered laptops to area clubs who requested them on behalf of qualifying students. The F.U.N. Sunset club was awarded two laptops for youth in their community.

"Our review committee identified these two students as excellent candidates for our program, and we are very proud to help them pursue their education in this way," said Daniel Lo, President of the F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club. In the weeks to follow, two members of the Rotary Club will work with the youth one-on-one to provide mentoring support for the students' school and career goals. Union City Council member Jim Navarro and Betty Wright, a registered nurse, will meet with the students weekly to provide guidance and encouragement.

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