What happens to at-risk youth during a crisis?

A letter from John Burton

African American woman using a laptop in her living room

We are all reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now imagine how some of the most vulnerable members of our society must feel, such as youth who are homeless or in foster care. They are on their own, often without the family or resources to help them weather this storm.

With most of the schools being closed, students are forced to take high school and college courses online. Unfortunately, most foster and homeless youth can not afford the laptop computers they need to do this. 

To help mitigate this crisis, John Burton Advocates for Youth is stepping in to help. We have identified almost 2,000 students who face this challenge and are buying laptops at a heavily discounted rate. To date, we have spent $75,000 which will help 425 students. We need your help to reach our goal to assist the remaining 1,575 students. 

During this crisis, we understand there are many demands on everyone’s budget. Can you find a way to help us purchase the remaining 1,575 computers?

Time is of the essence.

Please make an online donation below or send in your contribution to: John Burton Advocates for Youth, 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 1142, San Francisco, CA 94104.

Stay clean and stay safe.

Peace and Friendship,

John Burton
Chair, John Burton Advocates for Youth

PS. All donations made to JBAY are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.