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 our computers: A completed application (available below), a letter of referral from an authorized representative and $25.


Download an English version application here

Download Spanish application version here


What kind of a computer will you get?
Pentium 2600 MHz or faster, 80 gigabyte hard drive or larger,  1 gigabytes of RAM, CD drive, sound card, keyboard, mouse with pad, all power cords and cables. The system has Windows 7 installed with some office applications, educational games and tutorials.

What we have done so far:

  • Over 4000 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, Wednesdays through Fridays from 12-5 and Saturdays from 10-5 pm.

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, they will be recycled properly and the proceeds will benefit our ongoing programs at the Exploration Station.

What else you can do to help:  Volunteer!

Typical volunteers – anyone interested in working in the program – there is no required experience or age limit to be a volunteer. A desire to learn about computers is all that is needed. The rest is learning by doing.

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, and presenting “a new computer” to local families. We’re helping people, filling a need in the community, and we have fun!!