University of Colorado Foundation Helps Bridge Digital Divide with Innovative Computer Reuse Program

Sept. 3, 2014

The Computers to Youth program at the University of Colorado Boulder works to bridge the digital divide by providing high school students from low-income communities in the Denver-Boulder area with upgraded computers and select applications.

With support from Voqal Fund, Computers to Youth refurbishes surplus computer equipment to robust standards, thus enabling students’ academic achievement to enter college, while also reducing computer waste.

Day-long events with college mentors featured hands-on activities to build skills and confidence. One such event led a high school sophomore from Denver, Basheer Mohamed, to consider pursuing an engineering degree. Mohamed, now a first-year engineering student at CU-Boulder, is bringing the program full circle as one of 25 CU student mentors teaching middle school and high school students how to use and build computers.