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Hailey's Heroes: Jenny Heyns of Computers 4 Kids

By: Hailey Frances Email
By: Hailey Frances Email

February 5, 2009

Our first hero works at a a local non-profit called Computers 4 Kids.

Here in Central Virginia, there are givers among us. People who take time out of their day to better yours.

It may be a checker at the grocery store who's always saying Hello, or the student who starts a food drive. Meet Jenny Heyns. She's a mentor--teaching technology, and giving low-income kids a shot at a bright future.

"Every time you meet a new kid or you mentor someone different, it's always fulfilling," says Heyns. "You learn something new from the kids everyday too."

About two years ago, local tech company owner Jenny Heyns reached out to give back.

"I really looked at it and I said 'What can I really give back?' Being someone in tech, it really just seemed like it a fit," says Heyns.

It was a match from the get-go.

"Jenny's very energetic very dedicated," says Elijah Stewart, a Computers 4 Kids Program graduate.

"Not only has she volunteered her own time, but she's also dedicated her staff and has allowed them time off to come over and conduct workshops for our students," says Kala Somerville, of Computers 4 Kids.

Teaching them how to surf the web, build a web page. After school, this group of high school kids is creating their own logos.

For many of them, it's the first time they've ever worked on a computer.

"It feels great to be able to give them some knowledge that makes it really interesting for them," says Heyns. "They can use the skills that I teach them in other aspects."

Life lessons they'll take with them far beyond the classroom.

3;33 for me what a hero is is somebody who's willing to make sacrifices.

If you know a local hero, Hailey Frances wants to hear from you.

Send her an email at and tell her how your hero nominee is making a difference.

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