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STEM+Arts program returns for 3rd year in Portland

For Immediate Release                                              

Media Contact:       Deena Pierott (360) 747-7068                                                                          Deena@iurbanteen.org

White House Honored STEM+Arts program returns for 3rd year in Portland

May 1, 2014The nationally recognized iUrban Teen Summit (www.iurbanteen.org) returns for its third year at the University of Portland Campus on Saturday, May 17th.  

The summit merges science, technology and innovation all wrapped up into a career exploration day for underrepresented teens.  Over 150 youth from across the Portland Metro area will converge at the University of Portland campus eager to engage and learn from iUrban Teen industry partners.

iUrban Teen received national recognition last year as a Rockefeller Innovation Award Nominee, followed by being selected as a White House Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion in August 2013.   The program goals are aligned with the White House Grand Challenges mission, which aims to tackle ambitious but achievable goals that harness science, technology, and innovation to solve important national or global problems which include education. The organization is also aligned with the President’s new initiative “My Brother’s Keeper”.

Six STEM+Arts related workshops will be conducted by Microsoft, Laika, Bonneville Power Administration and instructors from Mt Hood Community College.

These workshops will give youth a hands on glimpse of careers in these industries and a realization that they “can” pursue and achieve these opportunities” states Deena Pierott. Founder and Managing Director for iUrban Teen.

Since 2011, iUrban Teen has had over 1250 youth participate in their programs in Portland, Vancouver, WA, Kirkland, WA, and recently launched successfully in Seattle, WA. The programs include year-round activities such as the Tech Summit, STEM+ Arts tours, code camps, and the iSpeaks program.

Portland Teen Tech Summit Sponsors include Portland Development Commission, Bonneville Power Administration. Microsoft, US Fish & Wildlife, University of Portland, Multnomah County, Knowledge Universe, Hitachi and Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare.

For more information on iUrban Teen, to register youth or to financially support their growing national efforts by donating, visit www.iurbanteen.org.