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Youthentity empowers local youth

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Kids don’t need to be bored this summer. They can direct their energies to upgrade computer skills and create their own video games through Youthentity.

Youthentity (formerly Computers for Kids) offers a workshop to distribute refurbished computers to local students who don’t already have computers in their homes through its Build Your Own program. Local students attend a Saturday workshop, and under the supervision of high school and college-aged student technicians, they learn about the workings of a computer, inside and out, build their own computer and take it home the same day.

Occasionally, Youthentity donates refurbished computers to after-school programs, church programs, nonprofits, and on a very limited basis, individuals facing career changes.

“It is important for people to realize this program is dedicated to helping students in grades 1 through 12 have access to computers to support them in their education,” said Youthentity representative Morgan Jacober. “Build Your Own workshops are held at our location in Carbondale. The cost is $40 per student and includes the desktop computer and peripherals, a T-shirt, a flash drive and lunch.”

Youthentity encourages kids that each day is yet another opportunity to “do good,” and to make a difference in the lives of others every day.

Kids can do something different this summer by participating in one of Youthentity’s challenging summer programs, which include workshops in business and consulting, stocks and investing, gaming and technology, or community service.

Another option kids can really get excited about is the 2D Game Design and Development summer experience. Kids can create video games and learn elements of program language and animation tools to create a 2D arcade-style video game.

For more information, call Morgan Jacober at 379-5608.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column appears every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She is a member of the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her with a nonprofit tip, event or inspiration, please e-mail

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