Digital NEST, the local nonprofit providing free technology access and training to youth in Watsonville and Salinas, has announced the addition of Donna Murphy, Matthew Payne, and Sonny Pulido to its board of directors.
In making the announcement, board president Michele Bassi praised the new directors for their strong community activism and professional expertise. “Donna, Matt and Sonny bring deep experience and many skills to our board,” Bassi said. “I know their contributions will advance the work of Digital NEST.”
Digital NEST membership –open to youth from high school through age 24- has grown to more than 1200 across its two locations, in Watsonville and Salinas. The two Digital NEST centers are activity-rich, education-focused environments where youth are trained in digital arts, web and information technology, and workforce ‘soft skills’ such as project management and communications. All programs and services are free, supported by individual donors, local businesses, and foundation grants.
Since opening its doors in 2014, Digital NEST has supported hundreds of youth along the path to higher education and well-paying careers. NEST youth are finding good jobs, internships, and entrepreneurial opportunities in technology and tech-related fields because of the mentorship and training provided by Digital NEST.