Nonprofit spurs digital dreams of Watsonville youth

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.

Jacob Martinez named a 2014 “Be the Difference” honoree

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.

Santa Cruz County individuals, groups honored at annual “Be The Difference” Awards

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.