Young people deserve to reach their full potential
We provide pre loved Tablets & Laptops to children living in foster care to better their educational outcomes.
Your trash could be a child’s treasure…
Mother and Son duo Meredith and Tom Green are dedicated to ensuring kids in foster care are not educationally disadvantaged. When schools were closed and kids were forced to learn online throughout the Covid 19 pandemic, it became obvious to both Meredith and Tom that kids in foster care were falling behind given many didn’t have access to technology, and as the world becomes more technologically driven, they knew this gap in resource availability needed to close in order to give all children equal opportunity.
Meredith and Tom live on the Gold Coast and are well connected within the Gold Coast community, and have already had a huge outpouring of help since Gifted first opened its doors.
Gifted is an orgaisation providing educational opportunities to children living in the foster care system. Research shows that children living in out of home care are at signifcantly higher risk of having less desireable educational outcomes. The inability to access education is a key contributing factor to future life outcomes as an adult.
At Gifted Org we make use of pre loved tablets, IPads, and Laptops by refurbishing and rehoming to children living in forster care who otherwise would be missing out on the opportunity to participate in online class activities, complete online homework, interact socially with their peers and engaging in social and recreational activities online.
The recent COVID-19 health pandemic highlighted the gaps in education between children living in out of home care and those living at home. Many children living in out of home care were not able to attend classes like their class mates who had access to technology. This resulted in very limited learning during this time. Added to this was the inability for children to maintain contact with their peers which reinforces the inequality and social disadvantage already experienced.
At Gifted we believe that the foundations of learning are pivitol in children reaching their full potential and that access to these devices in the primary phase of learning prevents gaps forming and established a strong foundation in which children build their knowledge, skills, confidence and social connectedness.
Follow the easy steps below to make a difference to a child’s education
If you’ve got an old iPad, Tablet or Laptop lying around home that you no longer need or use, we’d love to hear from you! These devices must still be in working order. When gifting these devices, we’d also appreciate any accessories that came with it such as it’s charger or docking station. If they no longer work or you’ve lost it, that’s OK too, we will organise a replacement.
We welcome you to provide a short note of encouragement that will be provided to the child receiving your device.
If you’re a Gold Coast local, please drop off your device at one of our drop off locations. If you don’t live on the Gold Coast then please send us a message here and we can organise it to be delivered. When dropping off your device, don’t forget to securely attach the charging cables or any accessories to your device.
After we have received the device we will do a full factory reset, so please make sure you have already saved any files you may need. Where possible we will also undertake a refurbishment of the devices exterior, on any small or superficial damage. If your device is damaged, please get in contact with us fist.
There’s nothing more exciting than unboxing a brand new Laptop or Tablet, and we want the kids to experience that feeling…even if their devices aren’t brand new. So after we’ve undertaken the reset and refurb, we’ll give the device some TLC and make it sparkle! We do this by giving it a full clean, adding a case to the Tablets, and placing them in specially made Gifted boxes.
This is the most rewarding part of the whole process, where the devices go out for delivery to their new homes. The process of delivery will differ depending on circumstances, but where possible a member of our team will hand deliver each package so we can help with the device set up and any questions. Then it’s over to the kids…
If you’re located on or near the Gold Coast, please deliver your device to the following locations.
We’d still love your support!
Another way you could help is by contributing some device accessories. Examples include headphones, charging cables and docks, iPad and Tablet cases, Laptop bags, screen protectors and more!
We also welcome financial donations which will help us with the cost of postage and delivery, packaging and more.
Please get in contact with us to talk through your donation, or visit one of our drop off locations with your accessories.
We would love to hear from you.