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Computer camp – Campers matched with mentors

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A San Francisco startup has joined with a local nonprofit to organize a summer computer camp for 50 low-income children at the University of California at Berkeley, the San Francisco Chronicle reported July 20.

PeoplePC has joined with nonprofit Future Partners to provide a week of computer training for kids from 12 to 18 years old. PeoplePC is not only providing scholarships for the students, but also computers with free Internet access once the camp is over. Each camper will also be matched up with a corporate e-mail partner and computer mentor for the next year.

Some of the students have no experience with computers at all. Others have come to learn advanced techniques that are not taught in their schools. Many told the Chronicle their only previous access to computers was through crowded terminals in schools or public libraries.

The campers were chosen out of more than 100 applicants based on essays they wrote about why computers were important to them. Some wrote that technology was their ticket out of the life of gangs and drugs in their neighborhoods.

For full story, go to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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