“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness”~ Desmund Tutu. With the uncertainty and fear we are facing right now, we can all lead with hope by helping others. Last week, our team came together ‘virtually’ on March 24th (Arman’s birthday) to celebrate Arman’s life by talking about our favorite ‘tech moments' with him and how we can continue his legacy of helping others - especially now by giving our attention and support to basic needs amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic. With your help, last week we donated over $1,000 and a few ‘Hope Packages’ to local charities, such as Eva’s Village, Flemington Food Pantry and Visions and Pathways that are providing relief to the most vulnerable families during this time. Our mission to provide youth with technology so they can thrive has never been so critical, and we are fortunate to be in a position to provide much needed Chromebooks and other resources so they can can continue to learn, work, and connect with others remotely during this pandemic. To learn more and contribute to the cause, visit our websitehere. Thank you for your continued support. Now more than ever, we are in this together.
“Crazy Love” at Our Inaugural Hope Gala
The snow and precarious road conditions on the evening of Saturday, January 18th could not keep over 250 supporters from joining together to light the biggest and most beautiful spark of hope at our Inaugural Hope Gala! It was truly a magical night of crazy love, and we are humbled to share that we raised more than $30,000 towards fulfilling Arman’s legacy of reducing the digital divide and helping build positive futures for our community’s most vulnerable youth. Thank you to our attendees, sponsors, and partners for making this first Gala event a success. Check out the great moments captured here: https://www.armanroy.org/hope-gala
Helping 2020+ Youth in 2020!
We are extremely grateful and inspired by the partnership at work across 11 active projects which will give over 2,000 at-risk youth access to technology to embrace the digital world around them, especially during this critical time. This year, we have launched several new exciting projects:
Our first Hope Jar funded project is with Theodore Roosevelt School No 10 in the City of Passaic, where we have funded 24 Rasberry Pi Starter Kits to grow their STEM program for students in grades 3-8.
With Eva's Village Hope Residence in Paterson, NJ for mothers who are struggling with homelessness, we have partnered with the Game-U team to provide their children with STEM summer workshops to teach them coding, robotics, game development, and more.
With DonorsChoose, we provided three Pennsylvania schools serving low income, high need students with an array of unique resources and learning tools, such as Hexbug Robot design kits, Oculus Quest VR coding, Sphero Bolt app-enabled robots, HP Chromebooks and more to help them develop critical STEM skills. The teachers and students are delighted!
Finally, with Covenant House, which serves over 3000 homeless youth, we are excited about the upcoming launch of the IPAD kiosks in the dayroom, and the youth loved climbing Mount Everest, swimming with the sharks, skydiving over Dubai and all the other ‘out of this world’ virtual reality experiences we brought to them in January. These types of opportunities really light up their faces and lives!
Hope-in-1 Golf Classic – Save the Date
We are keeping hopes high that our first Hope-in-1 Golf Classic on Saturday, June 7th 2020 at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Branchburg, NJ will go on as planned. Please save the date (click here to add to your calendar) and look out for additional registration and sponsorship information in late April.