New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–April 10, 2007–Cabarete, Dominican Republic (April 10, 2007) – Members of the Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA) are traveling to Costa Norte, Cabarete in the Dominican Republic from April 12-15, 2007 to spearhead a humanitarian mission that will not only enhance local school facilities but also technology into the local residents’ every day lives.
LISTA has partnered with Dream Project, a local not for profit organization that, trains teachers, distributes school supplies and materials, and volunteers to enhance the education of Dominican children by improving school buildings, training centers and recruiting student groups to volunteer as teachers support from the US. Members of LISTA will compliment and enhance Project Dreams mission by installing a LISTA Computer Lab, by giving hands-on technical training to local teachers, and by servicing and upgrading existing computers.
“We are looking forward to the 1st Annual LISTA Humanitarian Mission to Project Dream in the Dominican Republic,” said Jose Marquez, LISTA President and CEO. “We are excited about bringing a wonderful, unique and dynamic experience where Latinos from the United States will be motivated to help other Latinos around the world by empowering them to use technology. What better place to start our mission than in Costa Norte, Cabarete Dominican Republic the home of Project Dream. I foresee this mission to be a valuable professional experience for us all, as we give our knowledge to empower a developing community.”
“Speaking on behalf of the Dream Project we are moved that our mission is being fulfilled and we are teaching the teachers to work with a more progressive and proven international curriculum,” says Jon Wunderlich, director of operation for the DREAM Project “through LISTA’s support we have been able to develop a model computer lab in the new education center which will give both students and teachers a sound technical foundation for their future.”
LISTA members will also participate in the Dominican Small Business/Workforce Summit with dignitaries from the United States, Canada, and the Dominican Republic this event will focus on the use of innovative technical education for the future economic development of the region. While some members will pitch in to maintain and renovate the facilities of the Puerto Cabarete School House others will develop a plan for the future opportunities of those students.
Confirmed Humanitarian and Summit Speakers:
— Michael Thomas -Chairman, Foxwoods Casino
— Nelda Raful – Managing Director, Lehman Brothers
— Robert Abreu -Vice President IT Security, Goldman Sachs
— Kevin Manning -President, American Chamber of Commerce
— Mark Jaffe -President, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
— Pedro Julio Basquez – Cabarete DR Mayor
— Bill Kirkland – Sea Horse Ranch
— Robert Martel – President, Ocean Sands Estate
— Francisco Domínguez Brito – Senador, Santiago Republica Dominicana
— Reynaldo Martinez -Haledon, New Jersey City Council Member
— Radames Capellan – Paterson, New Jersey Council Member
Invited Guest Speaker: President Leonel Fernandez.
Sponsors of the Humanitarian Mission include:
Aetna, Delta Airlines, Prudential Financial, Foxwoods Casino, Frontera Mex-Mex Grill, American Airlines, Nielsen Media Research, Pure-Tek, HITN, Staples, Seahorse Ranch, and Ocean Sands Estates and Casinos.
The Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA) mission is to educate, motivate and encourage the use of technology in the Latino community. We are supporting Latinos whose focus is in Science, Mathematics, and Information Sciences & Technology. LISTA is dedicated to facilitating partners, members and the community with the leverage and education they need to succeed in a highly advanced technologically driven society.