Sometimes it’s the people no one imagines anything of
who do the things no one can imagine.
— from the film The Imitation Game
YDST provides Google Chromebooks to high school students who have no access to personal technology, something many of us take for granted. Our free laptop initiative, Smart Girls Rock, was started as a way to encourage girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math. We have since expanded the program to guys as well – all in hopes of giving excellent students the technology they need to succeed. We are not a non-profit but act as a catalyst through various non-profits to find the deserving students. If you need a tax receipt, we get you one.
Here are some of our recent stories:
#102 thru 110 – It was so much fun to take care of some graduating seniors last week – so we did it again this week. This note from one of the students sums up why we do this:
Today you took the time out of your schedule to give us free laptops. I was one of those students. I am very grateful for the gift, but I’m more grateful that you, a complete stranger who could be doing anything with your life, choose to give random people laptops. The emotion and drive I saw in your face for wanting us to be successful in life was astonishing. As we talked, the passion exploded off of your face for wanting to make a difference in lives. I am glad I’m able to express my gratitude towards you and send this email from the laptop you gave me. The laptop is not what’s going to change my life, you are. Your beautiful spirit, the warm welcoming attitude, the genuine smile that lit up the room. Thank you so much for what you have done and what you will continue to do.
#93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101 – Yeah, we had fun this week. We surprised nine graduating seniors with their very own Google Chromebook. All are graduating and heading to college despite having no personal technology and other road blocks. #101 did a 5-page senior thesis on the Google Drive app on her Dad’s phone! Watch the video below for her story. These students are truly inspiration to us!
An anonymous donor sent a check for $1500
Gerri, a former teacher, just donated another $200.00
Charlie, from Dayna’s KLOL family, donated two laptops
Google Chromebooks recently dropped in price to $149 at Amazon.com – not much for changing a life and our future. And, we are meeting with a Microsoft rep next week to see what they may have in mind to help!
We ask that our recipients be nominated by teachers, counselors, and/or librarians. Students must show effort and have a burning desire to succeed despite whatever circumstances are getting in their way. Fill out the form below if you know of a deserving student. And watch our latest video: