NOVA has donated its refurbished laptops to the Adolescent Care Unit at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona. The Adolescent Care Unit is a 12 bed facility for at risk youth, ages 13-17, with psychiatric and/or substance abuse issues.
The majority of the patients at the Adolescent Care Unit (ACU) do not have access to computers or the internet in their respective communities. The donated laptops will be utilized by in-patient Navajo students, many of which have dropped out of school and are now making efforts to further their education. With these laptops, students can earn credits though an online recovery program.
NOVA donated the laptops as part of its mission to give back to the Navajo Nation. NOVA’s Interim CEO, Clara Pratte, said, “We aim to increase educational opportunities for Navajo youth so that they can branch out and become business leaders for the next generation. We provide scholarships and internships for them. Donating these laptops falls right in line with what we hope to accomplish, and it’s truly a pleasure to share this gift with the Adolescent Care Unit at Tséhootsooí Medical Center.”