Part of supporting the growing Mediacurrent team with great tools to do our jobs includes upgrading and our fleet of laptops every few years. But what to do with the older MacBooks that are still perfectly functional?
Recently I delivered five of our retired MacBook Pro laptops to Operation Spark in New Orleans, marking the completion of a summer project to round up and refurbish machines that were otherwise taking up storage space at Mediacurrent headquarters. The donation kicked off our new program to support an organization with an amazing mission.
Operation Spark is a New Orleans non-profit that teaches the fundamentals of software development to low-opportunity individuals by presenting a route to a career in software development. In a city with 20,000 young adults, ages 16 to 24, not in school and unemployed, Operation Spark aims to fight generational poverty issues and help fill some of the estimated 3,000 open positions in software development in Louisiana. Students learn to write software using industrial tools, work in a team environment and become self sufficient in problem solving.
Learning and applying these skills requires filling some basic needs, including access to computers. Mediacurrent is proud to support Operation Spark with the first of what we plan to become an ongoing series of equipment donations. Visit http://www.operationspark.org for more information about the organization and opportunities to help support their mission.
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