The University of Portland will host the iUrban Teen Tech STEM+Arts Summit on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Shiley Hall, the Bauccio Commons, and Franz Hall. The event, which is being organized by Deena Pierott of Mosaic Blueprint, is free and open to a target audience of African American, Latino, and Native American youth; however, the program is inclusive of all youth who fall within the Non-Traditional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Learners category. Teens who would like to attend should sign up as soon as possible at http://tinyurl.com/jwsbp87. Parents are welcome to attend as well, and a parents roundtable is scheduled for 10 a.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided free of charge.
The iUrban Teen Tech Summit brings together underserved and underrepresented teens in an all-day, immersive technology event that shares opportunities in a myriad of technical careers. The goal is to expose youth to cutting-edge technology and inspire them to become tomorrow’s technology leaders. Attendees will have the opportunity to increase awareness and knowledge of local, regional, and global technology trends and issues; and much more. Teens will experience a hands-on, fun filled day of workshops, thought-provoking discussions, and interaction with new people. The summit is an opportunity to network with industry professionals and have a great time exploring the fields of STEM and the arts, like gaming or animation.
The program received national recognition last year as a Rockefeller Innovation Award nominee, and was selected as a White House Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion in August 2013. The iUrban Teen organization is also aligned with President Barack Obama’s new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. Since 2011, iUrban Teen has had more than 1,250 youth participate in programs in Portland, OR, and Vancouver, Kirkland, and Seattle, WA. Portland iUrban Teen Tech Summit sponsors include the Portland Development Commission, Microsoft, US Fish and Wildlife, University of Portland, Multnomah County, Knowledge Universe, Hitachi, and Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare.