November 18th, 2014 16:56 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Lucia Quiroga About WeCan WORKS on The American Perspective
Currently: Volunteer Coordinator at Texas Children`s Hospital Volunteer Services
Organization she became involved in: The Houston Public Library`s WeCan WORKS, a digital literacy and workforce readiness partnership that provides the means to the underserved, unskilled, and underemployed for sustainable career paths and jobs.
· This organization is one of many that are a part of Microsoft`s YouthSpark program, a company-wide, global initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth by 2015, including in Houston. To date, through 30+ programs and partnerships with more than 350 youth-serving nonprofits, at the close of its second year, Microsoft YouthSpark has created new opportunities for more than 227 million young people in over 100 countries around the world.
In her junior year of high school, Lucia Quiroga wanted to find a program where she could work and continue to attend school. After being introduced to WeCan WORKS, she received an opportunity to intern at a local hospital. The Houston-based Quiroga is moving up in the ranks thanks to her knowledge of Microsoft technologies. She is grateful for the opportunities that the YouthSpark program provided, including being the first person in her family to attend college. Her involvement has opened doors and created new opportunities, including her current role as volunteer coordinator at Texas Children`s Hospital Volunteer Services.
Microsoft Houston YouthSpark Event
What: Microsoft YouthSpark in Schools Workshop and Discussion: A professional learning session and discussion among education thought leaders about the most promising efforts to close the opportunity divide for students in Houston.
Who: Representatives from Microsoft, HISD, the Houston Public Library and Barbara Bush Foundation will be talking about topics related to the four skills for the 21st century learner and how to improve educator productivity when no one has the time. Additional breakout sessions will be focused on students presenting digital classroom tools to teachers.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 19
9:00 a.m. " 4:00 p.m. CT
Where: Julia Ideson Building at the Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77002
For More Information: http://www.wecanhouston.org/