CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The annual Charlottesville Ten Miler has selected a nonprofit that helps youth from low-income households as its beneficiary for this year's race.
Computers4Kids equips youth with STEM skills through mentoring and project-based learning, which will help prepare them to be competitive for college and career opportunities.
Registration for the annual race is currently open and when participants sign up, they have the option to donate to C4K and to secondary beneficiaries.
“We are inspired by C4K's commitment to our community,” said Nicole Brimer, director of the Charlottesville Ten Miler Race. “Technology access and training, which C4K provides, are crucial for young people to be prepared for future success. That C4K also gives youth a safe place to go after school and in the summer, where they are supported by mentors, makes them an organization worth supporting.”
C4K helps an average of 175 youths each year, and the organization says 71 percent of those it helps live in extreme poverty, or below the local survival annual income of $28.719.
It also reports 93 percent of the youth that use the nonprofit's programs at of color and 25 percent were born outside of the United States.
C4K offers programs year-round for free, including after school during the school year and all day during the summer.
It emphasizes skills that have been identified by the city's growing tech industry as in-demand.
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