Computers 4 Youth

The Computers 4 Youth program mission is to collect, repair, and distribute older technology computers to school-age children, families and others in need of a computer with limited means to purchase a new one.

What you need to qualify for one of our computers: A completed application (available below), a letter of referral from an authorized representative and $25.


Click to download an English application


Click to download a Spanish application


What kind of a computer will you get?
A Core or Athlon processor of 2600 MHz or faster, 100 gigabyte hard drive or larger, 2 gigabytes of RAM, CD drive, sound card, keyboard, mouse, all power cords and cables. The system has Windows 7 installed with generic office applications, educational games and tutorials. We are a Registered Microsoft Refurbisher and your machine has a fully legal license attached. When Microsoft Windows 10 is released you will be able to update your machine to the new Operating System.

What we have done so far:

  • Over 5000 computers recycled.
  • Computers have been given to families, seniors, veterans and non-profit organizations.
  • Refurbish work is being done by volunteers.
  • Everything is done with minimum monetary support.

How/where can I donate my computer to the program?
Donations  can be brought to the Exploration Station facility, 867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach, Wednesday & Saturday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Thursday & Friday  from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Self drop off is NOT available when the recycling center is closed.

What is an acceptable computer donation today?
A standard complete computer system includes a CPU tower, keyboard, monitor, and mouse.  However, we accept all donations of electronics, working or not, and if they cannot be refurbished, the parts will be recycled properly and the proceeds will benefit our ongoing programs at the Exploration Station.

If you have some skills and a desire to learn and have fun, we’re the place to volunteer! Come see us on a Wednesday afternoon and watch our group in action, taking computer donations, rebuilding them, salvaging valuable parts from machines not suitable for rebuilding, and presenting “a new computer” to local families. We’re helping people, filling a need in the community, and we have fun!