Students at Evanston Township High School are applying their computer skills to help others and increase access to technology. By participating in an afterschool club called Youth Technology Corps (YTC), students learn to refurbish computers that are then donated to non-profit groups both locally and in Mexico.
Recently, the ETHS YTC partnered with Evanston Public Library to donate and install student-refurbished computers at the Ebenezer-Primm Towers Senior Citizens Home on Emerson Street. As a result, residents not only have more access to technology, but have been able to use the computers with training and help from ETHS YTC students.
Jill Skwerski, Community Engagement Librarian at Evanston Public Library, said she’s “never had so much fun on the job” as she did when she brought a group of students from ETHS’ YTC to help seniors living at Ebenezer-Primm Towers with their computer challenges and questions.
Last year, the ETHS YTC donated banks of refurbished computers to organizations such as Sunlight African Community Center and BooCoo Cultural Center. This year, in addition to the donation at Primm Towers, refurbished computers will be given to Fundacion Liyame, a social service agency in Durango, Mexico. ETHS’s YTC is also making and posting computer repair how-to videos and providing tips to those who would like to learn to repair their own computers.