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Fundraising Campaign Aims to Provide Computers to Local Students

Organizers at the Flood City Youth Fitness Academy (FCYFA) along Lincoln Street in Johnstown are working to raise money to purchase software-equipped computers that local students can use for online classes and schoolwork this year.

The organization, which has provided programming for area kids since 2001, has the people, the space, and the expertise to help local students—especially those who otherwise may struggle with completing online school due to a lack of access to internet or computers—stay on track. What they lack is the equipment. Now FCYFA is working with a successful local fundraiser and community advocate, Jack Babich, to launch a campaign to raise $40,000 to purchase 100 computers.

The hope is to pull together the funds and have the computers ready for students as soon as possible. The organization serves young people from 5th to 12th grades through various programming, including providing mentorship, life skills, and meals, FCYFA Executive Director Oscar Cashaw said.

“We have the manpower. We have the brick and mortar. We don’t have the equipment,” Cashaw said. “We have the space and the right people, and the chance to do something good.”

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