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Friday, 02 November 2007 10:41
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IBM, SENIORNET AND THE NATIVE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PARTNER TO BRING COMPUTER ACHIEVEMENT CENTERS TO REMOTE RESERVATIONS

First Achievement Center of ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ Initiative to Open on Blackfeet Nation


ARMONK, NY – September 25, 2006 – In partnership with the Native American Chamber of Commerce and with SeniorNet, a leading nonprofit technology educator of older adults, IBM today announces ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’, a grant-based initiative designed to bring computer technology access and education to low-income and remote Native American reservations across the nation.


The initiative kicks off with the opening of the first Achievement Center at the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana on Thursday September 28 th, 2006, and will continue over the next three years with the opening of five Achievement Centers on rural and low-income reservations.
 
The agenda for the day’s events is as follows:

Hope and Harmony for Humanity Initiative Achievement Center Grand
Opening – Blackfeet Nation Community College, Beaver Painted Lodge

Thursday, September 28 th, 2006
11: 45 – 1:00 p.m., MDT Reception and Cultural Exhibition
1:00 – 2:00 p.m., MDT Formal Opening and Welcome Speeches


“IBM is proud to sponsor this groundbreaking initiative,” said Ron Glover, vice president of IBM Global Workforce Diversity. “As Native American reservations are geographically distant from metropolitan centers and often lack community infrastructure, they are often left behind in the information age. This program really aims to help them realize all of the education and communication benefits of technology and to bridge the digital divide.”


The Lenovo PC-based Achievement Centers will offer computer and Internet access, education and training at all levels for reservation residents of all ages. In addition to computer training that covers the fundamentals through more advanced courses, the Achievement Centers will serve as an education center for the communities, offering classes on topics such as Family History and Genealogy, Health, Language Training, Work Skills, and Tutoring, as well as a host of life skills and enrichment curriculum for the community’s residents.


“Many are not aware of the extreme poverty that exists on the Blackfoot Nation which leads to a daily dismal picture of everyday life,” said Carroll Cocchia, President of the Native American Chamber of Commerce in Houston, Texas. “ With the help of exceptional corporations like IBM through their participation in the Hope and Harmony for Humanity initiative, we are helping to better the situation for tribal communities like the Blackfeet Nation, and leveling the playing field by giving them access to computers and technology education.”


“In SeniorNet’s 20-year history we’ve brought over one million older adults around the world together with computers and technology, and IBM has been a key contributor to this milestone,” said Kristin Fabos, SeniorNet’s Executive Director. “Despite this success, the ‘Digital Divide’ remains a very real issue, and as we embark upon SeniorNet’s next 20 years, we’re expanding our mission and leveraging our proven curriculum to bridge the digital divide for older adults in underserved and rural communities. We’re thrilled to partner with IBM and the Native American Chamber of Commerce to enable the residents of the Blackfeet Nation to experience the benefits of computers and technology education.”


This first IBM-funded ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ Achievement Center at the Blackfeet Nation reservation in Browning, Montana will offer its first semester of courses this Fall, beginning with the SeniorNet Computer Curriculum.


About IBM
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with over 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com/.


About SeniorNet
SeniorNet (http://www.seniornet.org/) is the world's premier technology trainer and online community for adults over 50. Based in Santa Clara, California and founded in 1986, SeniorNet is a major international organization that has taught hundreds of thousands of older adults to use computers and the Internet and has enriched the lives of millions through its award-winning website. With a thriving online community and a network of more than 130 locally run Learning Centers in the U.S. and abroad staffed by more than 3,500 volunteers, SeniorNet offers both offline and online destinations to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission.


About the Native American Chamber of Commerce (NACC)
The Native American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Native American business community through charitable, cultural and educational programs and initiatives for current and future generations. NACC is a growing 501(c)(3) organization with a combined membership of over 500 corporate and American Indian owned enterprises with members in 31 States. One of only thirteen Native American Chambers in the United States, NACC assists both corporations and small businesses profit through numerous programs.


The Native American Chamber of Commerce strives to serve the identified needs of the American Indian, Alaskan, Aleut Native owned businesses and serves as a liaison with corporations, governmental and educational institutions, businesses, public media and other civic and religious entities---and facilitates communications with other community-based organizations. The NACC strives diligently in a 'corporate partnership' to support, endorse, educate, assist, counsel and advocate---working for the positive benefit of our membership, while earning the trust and respect of the entire business community.


The NACC Website, http://www.namcham.org/, provides access to members listing, events information, bid postings and job opportunities.


For Additional Information Contact:
Kristin Fabos
SeniorNet
(408) 615-0699 x310
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Friday, 17 August 2007 10:18

‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ Collaborative Opens Tigua Achievement Center at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo

IBM Corporation, the Native American Chamber of Commerce, SeniorNet and the U.S. Department of the Interior bring free computer access and training to the Tigua community

SANTA CLARA, CA, August 17, 2007 – Sponsors and partners of the ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ Initiative will open the third Technology Achievement Center for rural Native American communities Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in El Paso, Texas. The Tigua Achievement Center located at the Tigua Education Center (11100 Santos Sanchez, El Paso, TX 79927), will provide computer and Internet access, education and training for reservation residents of all ages. Opening ceremonies begin at 2:00 p.m. CDT.

The Tigua Achievement Center is the third of five Achievement Centers to be opened as part of Hope and Harmony for Humanity, a collaborative, grant-based initiative of IBM, the Native American Chamber of Commerce, SeniorNet and the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, designed to bring computer technology access and education to low-income and remote Native American reservations across the United States. In the past year, the collaborative has opened Achievement Centers on the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana and for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Cass Lake, Minnesota.

“The Tigua community is very honored to have been selected as part of the Hope and Harmony for Humanity Initiative,” said Governor Art Senclair, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo. “This Achievement Center provides the Tigua Pueblos with the opportunity to improve their computer literacy, enabling them to learn valuable life and work skills as well as to keep in touch with their family and the world at large. We’re thrilled to have these resources that will enable both our children and adults to learn and share together.”

In addition to a complete curriculum of technology classes, adult classes offered will include Family History and Genealogy, Health, Language Training, Work Skills, and Tutoring, as well as a host of life skills and enrichment curriculum. Made possible by an additional grant from the IBM Corporation, Tigua children will have access to a kid-friendly Young Explorer learning station.  Manufactured by Little Tikes and IBM, the Young Explorer is loaded with award-winning educational software from Riverdeep - The Learning Company.

To promote reading among the reservation’s grades K-12 students, the SeniorNet online Book Club has organized a book donation program for the Achievement Center. For information on donating books visit: www.seniornet.org

In addition, the Tigua Achievement Center is a recipient of a Microsoft ‘Unlimited Potential’ grant. Through the program, Microsoft provides solutions and tools that suit the unique needs of each community. ‘Unlimited Potential’ aims to provide all people with the opportunity and skills to use the power of technology to access information, to communicate and collaborate with others, and to achieve their personal and professional goals. The Tigua Achievement Center will receive a suite of Microsoft Office software, curriculum and training to equip them for real-world workplace situations and personal advancement.

“The opening of the Tigua Achievement Center is an accomplishment that the Hope and Harmony for Humanity collaborative is really proud of,” said Leslie M. Smith, business development executive, IBM and SeniorNet board chairman. “IBM, SeniorNet and all of the partners know that each new Achivement Center helps bridge the ‘Digital Divide’ that still is prevalent among our rural Native American communities.  The resources we’ve made available to the Tigua can create opportunities that will transform their community and help them realize their potential.”

About IBM
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with over 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.

About the Native American Chamber of Commerce (NACC)
The Native American Chamber of Commerce (www.namcham.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Native American business community through charitable, cultural and educational programs and initiatives for current and future generations. NACC is a growing 501(c)(3) organization with a combined membership of over 500 corporate and American Indian owned enterprises with members in 31 States. One of only thirteen Native American Chambers in the United States, NACC assists both corporations and small businesses profit through numerous programs.

About SeniorNet
Founded in 1986, SeniorNet is an international non-profit organization that has taught hundreds of thousands of adults age 50+ to use computers and the Internet and has enriched the lives of millions through its award-winning website, www.seniornet.org. With a thriving online community and a network of more than 200 locally run Learning Centers in the U.S. and abroad staffed by more than 3,500 volunteers, SeniorNet offers both offline and online destinations to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission.  SeniorNet headquarters is located in Santa Clara, CA.

 
About the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development
The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) was established within the Office of the Secretary, Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior to provide high-level support for the Department's goal of serving tribal communities by providing access to energy resources and helping tribes stimulate job creation and economic development.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Robinson
Director of Marketing and Business Development
SeniorNet
900 Layette Street, Suite 604
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Tel: 408-615-0699
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