Non-Profit Brings Tech to Rural Youth

Huffington Post explores how Digital NEST is tackling tech’s demographic problem. By bringing in local 15-to-24-year-olds, encouraging young women to join, providing a safe place, contemporary computers, software, and workshops, Digital NEST aims to change the face of technology. Martinez sums up Digital NEST as a “Technology center that is removing barriers that youth face on the pathways to their careers.”

One Small Step Toward Silicon Valley?

One chilly evening a year ago, Jacob Martinez spotted an 18-year-old freshman doing homework on a bench outside Cabrillo College because she lacked Internet access at home. The answer, called Digital NEST, opened in mid-November. Funding from donors and grant sources has underwritten the first 60 students, aged 12 to 24, and volunteer experts were recruited to teach classes in graphic design, Web development, and video production.

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.