Community is extremely important to IMT Residential, so when Councilwoman Nury Martinez contacted us to help provide computers with four years of free Internet to teens and their families at the Mid Valley YMCA Youth— we jumped at the chance to help.
As part of YMCA Mill Valley’s “Get Summer” program and a partnership with the OurCycle LA, the Los Angeles City Council, IMT Residential and Galpin Motors, donated 100 refurbished computers with four years of free Internet that were given out to teens. The OurCycle LA program salvaged the computers and provided an opportunity to families while also minimizing the City’s electronic waste footprint.
Before, these families had zero access to a computer. Now, these teens have access to all the tools they will need to succeed in the future and further their educational careers. One parent shared that her daughter, “often times feels isolated and unable to perform at school due to not having a computer […] This computer is going to get her a ‘leg-up’ to compete with the other students and will further her education.” According to the Los Angeles Unified School District, the graduation rate from LAUSD students in 2014-2015 was 78.7 percent, an increase of less than one percent from the previous year. However, this number still needs to be improved, and with opportunities like this, teens are encouraged to engage in school and pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs and careers. At IMT Residential, we are dedicated to the success of our communities and the youth and families that live there.
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