Future Tech Leaders
Future Tech Leaders YTE, based in Boston, helps develop student leaders who use their academic, IT and business skills to build stronger communities.The donation that eWEEK made last year to YTE helped fund the organizations Venture Project/Technology Service Project Contest. YTE hosted Massachusetts students who presented projects that used technology to solve a problem in their schools or communities. In May 2003, with the support of eWEEK, YTE awarded scholarships to the following winning student teams and their projects: Tantasqua High School, which refurbished and donated 35 computers to a local shelter; Waltham High School, which developed an interactive Web site to which teachers could post assignments; and Malden High School, which developed an interactive Web site to educate students about AIDS/HIV and implemented a team project to teach computer skills to elderly citizens. "Through eWEEKs gracious investment in YTE and our youth, students across Massachusetts have had the chance to create innovative projects that use technology to solve problems for their schools or communities," said Nish Acharya, CEO of YTE. "eWEEKs support is helping create the next generation of technology leaders."
Working with schools through a project-based approach, YTE helps students develop professional, technical and leadership skills. YTEs course work, service projects, programs and competitions help students identify and address local needs through technology. YTE-trained students also support their respective schools technology efforts through help desk implementation, networking, faculty and staff training, Web site development, and mentoring of younger students.