The Program

The Computers for Kids program was started in 2003 and provides refurbished computers to low-income and foster youth for academic and vocational purposes. 

How it works:  The Children’s Fund receives donated computers from individuals, businesses, and the County Surplus department. We accept both laptops and desktops.  Computers are repaired and reprogrammed by a third-party computer repair firm before they are distributed to the youth. 

Who is eligible:  Foster and low-income youth ages 12 to 18 or AB12 youth up to age 21.  They must be referred by their case manager, social worker, probation officer, public health nurse, or other community agency. The case manager will fill out the request form and the youth will be added to our wait list.   

Some of the youth we have served:
Maria is a teen mom who is working hard to earn her GED and carry a part-time job. She would like to attend community college—and if she does, she will be the first in her family to do so. Maria does not drive so she could not go to the library and instead was going to her friend’s house to borrow her computer and so it was very hard for Maria to be able to complete her assignments and do all of the required online enrollment. Now that she has her new laptop, she can spend more time with her family and complete all her assignments.

Thomas is a 14 year old who was accepted into a special academic program. Most of the assignments are online and so he was unable to complete them….until he received his computer!

John is a foster youth who just completed his high school diploma. He enrolled in a community college and will need a computer to complete his assignments and enrollment applications. There's a desktop at the group home, but 10 kids live there so it's rarely available. John has no financial support to help him purchase a computer and because he is in foster care, he is unable to work. A computer from the Children’s Fund will be a huge help!

Help us serve more children like Maria, Thomas, and John!   ** names have been changed to protect privacy

How to donate:  We will happily accept your computer donation!  We accept used laptops and desktop computers. We also need monetary donations to help us fund the refurbishment.  Every $75 will provide a computer to a youth! Visit our donation page for more details or contact us at: childrensfund@smchsa.org or 650-802-5152.