In just over a month, Digital NEST will embark on their mission of technological education and empowerment. The ribbon cutting and grand opening on November 14 will be an opportunity for prospective volunteers, donors, the community, and NEST members to celebrate the opening of the NEST. The public is invited to meet the staff and volunteers who made the Digital NEST possible, see the space, and learn about programs.
Thanks to the availability of conveniently located office space, Digital NEST plans to open its doors to the youth of Watsonville sooner than expected.
The original plan was to open a Digital NEST center on Main Street in downtown Watsonville. However, the only spaces available require renovation and would not be ready until at least January 2015. Fortunately, empty space became available at 17 Aspen Way just off South Green Valley Road, so the center will be ready for business this November.
Occupying the Aspen Way space for one year will give the non-profit time to identify viable space downtown and raise the necessary renovation funds. It will also help demonstrate the feasibility of the center’s design scheme. Modeled after successful, innovative tech companies and designed to maximize creativity, the space will contain movable work spaces, comfortable furniture, and healthy food by nonprofits Jovenes Sanos and Grind Out Hunger. “It will allow youth to create their own learning environments,” says Executive Director Jacob Martinez.