PCs for People

PCs for People Youth Project @ TheShop is a rural affiliate of PCs for People in St Paul, MN and the first to work with at risk youth. Our vision is to provide youth hands on training in computer technology and provide opportunity to develop workplace skills.

Using donated computers youth learn to refurbish, repair and install new operating systems. These computers are then distributed to low-income families and individuals.

Our Covid year began with a total a loss of students. With one adult staff and one youth staff working 8 - 10 hours a week we transitioned into distributing desktops and laptops that had been completed by students before March of 2020. These were needed in homes to support distance learning and for many who suddenly required to tele-health their mental health appointments. As a service to many homes we included training on basic computer knowledge and offered phone support to any who needed it.

The year of distributions left our shelves empty. We are restocking our inventory with upgraded donations to 5 years old or newer due to refurbishing protocols we follow. To help our community we have upgraded our E Waste Recycle Program by collaborating with PCs for People in St Paul. We now have 2 E Waste Recycle days to offer as a drop off point for electronics, one in October and one in May. St Paul has the facilities to properly recycle E Waste and we are happy to help in their efforts.

Questions about PCs for People from how to get a computer, how to donate a computer, and how can I volunteer time to help with computer refurbishing please contact TheShop at 218 454 0009 or email brainerd@pcsforpeople.org.

Current hours for PCs for People Youth Project @ TheShop are By Appointment. Please call 218-454-0009 to schedule.

PCs for People Youth Project is successful thanks to:

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation
The Blandin Foundation
Best Buy Community Grants
Otto Bremer Trust
Technical support from Central Lakes College
The Brainerd Learning Center of ISD 181

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723 Washington Street

Wednesday – Saturday
3:00pm – 8:00pm

PCs for People
By Appointment
Call 218-454-0009 or Email: brainerd@pcsforpeople.org

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