Digital NEST (Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills with Technology) is a high-tech space located in the heart of Watsonville. Young people ages 12-24 will have full access to computers, software, Wi-Fi, and other digital tools and classes. They will master skills necessary to thrive in the high-tech, globally connected world in which we all live.
4 Major Components of Digital NEST
1. ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY
When Digital NEST members walk in, each will receive a fully loaded laptop with access to industry-leading multimedia software.
2. EDUCATION TO ENSURE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE COMPETITIVE IN TODAY’S WORKFORCE
Digital NEST will create a pathway to higher education and career opportunities by offering members thousands of online and in-house courses.
3. A SAFE, INNOVATIVE SPACE FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS
Digital NEST will encourage members to expand their technical skills, create projects, share ideas, and learn from one another. Open only to members, the NEST will be staffed by culturally aware and bilingual staff who will serve as mentors and educators.
4. ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES AND WORK EXPERIENCE FOR YOUTH, YOUNG ADULTS, AND BUSINESSES IN WATSONVILLE
A unique element of Digital NEST is its entrepreneurship and job-creation opportunities. Local and regional businesses in need of technology support may hire a Digital NEST member for a project at a competitive fee.