NEWS: “Laptops For Foster Youth” Drive: Help Bring In A New Year of Success For Alaska’s 3,000+ Foster Youth

NEWS: “Laptops For Foster Youth” Drive: Help Bring In A New Year of Success For Alaska’s 3,000+ Foster Youth

Donations Needed of New Laptops for Alaska’s More Than 3,000 Foster Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 27, 2018

Anchorage – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Facing Foster Care in Alaska founder Amanda Metivier are launching their holiday drive to bring more laptops to foster youth so they can succeed in school and life. Rep. Gara and Metivier, both former foster youth, founded the Laptops for Foster Youth effort at the suggestion of many youth who faced barriers to success, including the lack of computers and internet access needed for schoolwork.

To date, the efforts of Rep. Gara and Metivier have matched roughly 1,000 laptops and workbooks with foster youth and former foster youth who are trying to make their way in school and work. The need continues, with over 3,000 youth in foster care in Alaska.

Isaiah King Lee-Allen, who spent over a decade in foster care, is currently attending the University of Alaska Anchorage. He received a laptop through the laptops for Foster Youth effort.

"I wish I always had the funds to buy the things I need.  It helps so much to have received a computer that I could not have afforded, and that lets me keep up in school and to stay in touch with my friends and family," said Lee-Allen.


“Laptops for Foster Youth” Co-Founders Amanda Metivier and Rep. Les Gara

"A fair chance to succeed belongs to all Alaskans, not just those born to healthy or wealthy families.  Our job is to do what we can to bring the American dream to all, not just some.  Laptops help foster youth achieve like their peers, do homework and research like their peers, and reach their dreams like their peers. That matters to children whose lives have been uprooted, who often struggle with little, and live with daily roadblocks to success," said Rep. Gara, whose father was killed when he was six. 

"We’ve matched hundreds of youth across the state with a laptop computer. This has been the determining factor for a number of young people who have fallen behind to be able to graduate high school," said Metivier. "Also, a laptop allows youth to keep pictures of friends and family, and stay in touch with people during an extraordinarily difficult time of their lives."

How to Help: To donate a laptop, including Chrome Book laptops and workbooks, or funds towards the purchase of laptops, contact Amanda Metivier at info@ffcaalaska.org, or contact Rep. Gara’s office with questions at (907) 269-0106 or rep.les.gara@akleg.gov.  Gara and Metivier have also worked to find grant funds that supplement individual donations to make this program as successful as possible, and work hand in hand to keep this volunteer effort a success.

The program no longer accepts used or broken laptops, but donations of new laptops are greatly appreciated.  New laptops, with an anti-virus program for PC’s, or Apple/MacBook laptops without anti-virus programs, and workbooks like the Google Chromebook are being accepted during the ongoing New Year’s Laptops for Foster Youth effort.
For more information, please contact Rep. Les Gara at (907) 250-0106 or Amanda Metivier at (907)230-8237.

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Rep. LES GARA

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