With the support of our Founding Funders, we joyfully claimed a $100,000 matching grant on November 30, pushing our fundraising to over $300,000.
Jacob Martinez introduced a group of teens to Digital NEST, a nonprofit technology center dedicated to sparking innovation and entrepreneurship among Watsonville youth. The center is signing up members interested in learning about and using technology. Membership is free, and provides access to the center’s computers, high-speed Internet connection, classes and mentors.
“How do you develop a game?” Erin Hoffman put the question to twenty-two members in a workshop earlier this month. By the end of the workshop, members took their first steps into video game design.
Jacob Martinez, executive director of the Digital Nest, celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new after-school technology learning center.
Cheered on by a crowd of over 200 supporters and members, Executive Director Jacob Martinez cut the ribbon and officially opened Digital NEST to youth of the Monterey Bay community.
We held the first class ever at Digital NEST on Thursday 11/6 at 4 pm! It was Content Marketing 101 and we discussed the idea of creating value for other people in their lives through your marketing communications rather than bombarding them with “Buy Now” messaging.
The Santa Cruz Be The Difference Awards recognize the People, Groups and Businesses who make a difference in Santa Cruz County through volunteerism. As the founder of “Digital NEST,” Jacob is an inspiring leader with a powerful vision to create a better community by bridging the digital divide for youth and young adults in Santa Cruz County.
Five individuals and groups won special honors at the eighth annual Be the Difference Awards in Santa Cruz. The event is organized by the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center in an effort to highlight individuals and organizations making positive impacts in the county.
Each year the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center reaches out to the community to help determine who should receive honors. The winners represent those who have chosen to make their moments matter and transform our community through volunteerism.