Romanian United Fund Youth/Community Center

Growing up, my favorite day of the week was Monday. As soon as the final bell of the school day rang, my best friends and I would spring through the school gates, running more than walking, trying to be first in front of the little white door of the Computer Lab at the “Children's Palace” in Zalau (“Palatul Copiilor”).

Our teacher was young and charming, always wearing a bright smile as we dashed through the door, jumping over each other to get a seat as close as possible to the keyboards. The 6 “personal computers” at the “Palace” were the only PCs in the whole town in 1986 when I started attending the class, and we were in awe.

Since I was 7 until I turned 15, I attended the Center's computer club religiously, every Monday. Yes, we used to play games, it was part of the package. But we also wrote out first computer programs there, and it instilled in us a desire to be better and smarter, to try hard to be first.

I loved that feeling, and I still miss it today. That desire to be first, be it at Math or Ping Pong, it didn't matter, as long as you were first, I want my children to feel it as well.

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My own candid memories of growing up around the “Children’s Palace” in Zalau are a big reason for deciding to sponsor a Youth Center for the Romanian Community in Chicago, through the Romanian United Fund. I will donate the 1,200 SQF space for the RUF Youth Center for $1/per year, for the next 3 years. However, we still need to furnish the center, we need to purchase chairs and tables, desks, computers, whiteboards, a projector, a screen and a lot more.

Of course, I wouldn't dare make a decision before listening to you first. Voice your opinion and help me and the Romanian United Fund shape our future Youth Center and define our programs. Start by filling out this survey: https://rufmlehene.typeform.com/to/KMzYEE

To find out more, use this link to signup: https://www.romanianunitedfund.org/join

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Mihai Lehene 
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Raised $450 from 6 donations
Chicago, IL
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