CFY began with the meeting of two New Yorkers who shared a similar vision - Dan Dolgin (a lawyer and private investor) and Elisabeth Stock (a former White House fellow and MIT graduate). In the mid-1990s, Mr. Dolgin became convinced that having a home computer was essential for developing the computers skills required to participate productively in the modern world. Ms. Stock reached the same conclusion while serving as a White House Fellow in 1997. During her fellowship, she built a national program that distributed surplus computers to schools, and observed firsthand that placing computers in schools was not enough. To develop technical fluency, children needed access to computers in their homes. The two joined forces and began CFY's operations in October of 1999, with Mr. Dolgin serving as its board chair and Ms. Stock as its Executive Director. In its first year, CFY provided home computers and its comprehensive services to 230 families and teachers - the entire population of a public middle school in the South Bronx. Since then, CFY has grown its operations and today serves more than 1,200 new families and teachers each year from some of New York City's poorest neighborhoods. CFY has been featured in numerous news media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and People magazine.