By Julie Adams | May 14, 2015
Research Assistant, ETR
A five-mile run has never felt so good! ETR members had the pleasure of participating in the 35th annual Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run this past weekend in Santa Cruz, CA. Together we helped raise funds for the Digital NEST, a non-profit in Watsonville, CA, that seeks to create a safe space for under-represented youth while encouraging them to explore and pursue an entrepreneurial spirit. We are huge supporters of the NEST and everything they do to ensure rural youth in Silicon Valley have access to the technologies needed to thrive in this increasingly digital world.
I worked with Jacob Martinez, Founder and Executive Director of the Digital NEST, while he was here at ETR, and I've seen firsthand his unique ability to inspire and encourage everyone he meets. So it was no surprise that he was able to gather such a large team of supporters on race day. Even the local tech company Looker, which is quickly going from small Santa Cruz startup to a major name in the tech industry, was there to show support for the NEST’s mission.
This race was one more reason why I am so happy to work at ETR and be connected to a community that not only supports the push for equity in the digital age, but also strives to make a real change by constantly creating opportunities for youth to expand their tech education. If you haven't yet had a chance to check out the Digital NEST, be sure to explore their webpage and see what they’re doing to stimulate young minds in Watsonville.