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Volunteer Opportunities Available with Computadoras Pro Jóvenes

By Robin Loving

Every day the digital divide, the gulf between those who have easy access to computers and the internet and those who don’t, threatens the advancement of low-income citizens, which is about half of the population in Mexico. In fact, in 2012, just 26 percent of Mexican households had Internet access. Enter Computadoras Pro Jóvenes (CPJ), a local nonprofit whose volunteers believe that the children of Central Mexico need computer skills to succeed. CPJ provides computers, support, software, and ongoing mentoring to kids in schools, kids with special needs, and college students from low-income families.

CPJ is seeking volunteers to check donated computers in and out, and to load software onto them. In addition, we need volunteers to represent CPJ at other groups in San Miguel de Allende. CPJ is also seeking volunteers to recruit and train volunteers. Finally, CPJ requires volunteers to help with fundraising, primarily in the US.

Volunteers do not need advanced computer skills, only the ability to determine whether a computer is working and to load software. Volunteer hours are flexible, and Spanish is not necessary except for those volunteers who go into the field to check computers in the campo. Volunteers need to arrange for transportation, when needed, but some work can be done from home.

If you are interested in helping to bridge the digital divide for our host citizens, contact cpjcomputers@gmail.com.

 

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