Microsoft and National Urban League Invite Hispanic Youth to Join 2nd Annual...

Microsoft and National Urban League Invite Hispanic Youth to Join 2nd Annual Youth Information Technology Challenge

Unique opportunity for Hispanic high school students to excel in national technology business competition


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Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–To motivate young people across the country to learn about technology and entrepreneurship, Microsoft and the National Urban League are co-sponsoring the 2nd annual “Making your Business: Youth IT Challenge (YITC).” This ten-week program is designed to help minority high school students increase information technology proficiency and develop entrepreneurial skills. Hispanic students in Dallas, Denver, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and St. Paul are encouraged to apply online by December 17, 2004.

To enter, Hispanic high schoolers, ages 14-18, should fill out an online application, at http://www.youthitchallenge.com to include background information, a 250-word essay, and a letter of recommendation. Once the students are selected, they will be placed in teams to develop and present a viable technology-based business plan. Winners from local competitions will travel to New York City to compete for the $15,000 grand prize consisting of hardware, software and savings bonds.

Students can find out more about the YITC program by visiting http://www.youthitchallenge.com. The site includes application information, important dates, competition cities, and a history of the program. Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 17, 2004. Additional information is also available on the National Urban League’s website, at http://www.nul.org.

The YITC program combines technology and business by using traditional classroom instruction, guest speakers and field trips. Students will utilize their leadership, teamwork and presentation skills while learning about Internet-based business models and how technology can optimize a company’s operations. By participating in the YITC Challenge, Hispanic students have the opportunity to become young entrepreneurs and help bridge the technology gap that exists in many Hispanic communities across the U.S.

CONTACT:

The Caraway Group

Rolando Rodriguez

202.965.2810

or

Reina Montes

202.965.2810

Microsoft and National Urban League Invite Hispanic Youth to Join 2nd Annual Youth Information Technology Challenge