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New Agile Virtual Conference Sets Out To Make Carolinas The Next Agile Hotspot!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- What do you get when you combine a week full of entertaining Agile Great Debates each morning, 6-dynamic speakers each day representing some of the region's leading Fortune 500 Employers and 24-Agile Industry hot topics followed by live Q&A opportunities in a virtual green room? You get, The Ultimate Virtual Conference by Agile Week Carolinas(TM) scheduled to kick off October 6 - 9, 2020 and FREE to all who register!

Sponsored by Scrum.Org, Keyot & BrandDisco(C), Agile Week Carolinas(TM), is a dedicated platform for Companies, Teams and Individuals to discover what's NEW, CHANGING or TRENDING and will attract over 12,000 registered attendees across North & South Carolinas!

With carefully selected speakers, debaters and moderators who are Agile Certified Leaders and Practitioners across Carolinas' regional communities, AWC was created for the Agile community, by the Agile community, as a platform to catapult and connect the most curious, to the most confident Agilists, and everyone in between.

Agile Week Carolinas(TM) (AWC), has experienced breakout success since its February 2020 inception mostly contributing this early-adoption to its 'ecosystem like' model, where attendees are encouraged to be a part of the story vs. just watching from the sidelines by getting involved as Speakers, Debaters, Moderators or Volunteers across three big pillars.

The topics presented by various speakers are pre-selected by AWC's Leadership Team who enlists the help of researchers to find the most socially relevant topics for audiences who range in demographic from; Senior to Mid-Level Agile Professionals, PMP holders transitioning to Agile roles, Military Veterans interested in Agile and College Grads.

This year's topics will cover the below categories and attendees are welcome to select as many areas of interest as they desire:
* Daily Great Debates on Agile's Gray Areas
* Future of Work
* Agile Adoption & Transformation
* Agile Data, KPI's & Reporting Tools
* Agile Career Paths & Market Trends
* Scrum Teams & Sprint Success
* Agile Mindset Mastery
* Product Owner Success & Pro-Tips
* Agile State of The State Address (Agile Today vs. Agile Tomorrow)

"We are honored to introduce Agile Week Carolinas, into the Carolinas' Agile Market as an annual event," said DeMario & Dawn Nicole Mcilwain, Husband & Wife Entrepreneurs, AWC Co-Founders & Visionaries & Agilists. "Our ultimate vision is to create a hub for Agile Innovation, Date & Market Trends and Thought Leadership through Agile Week Carolinas and with our region's combined Tech Talent and strong economic power, we can easily make the Carolinas the next Agile Hotspot."

What makes AWC different is that they are not competitive, instead they're inclusive! AWC sees much more value in bringing the communities & conversations together to showcase top Agile Carolina Talent and has partnered with other professional organizations across the Carolinas to make this happen (i.e. PMI Midlands and Metrolina Chapters, IIBA Palmetto Chapter, Veterans Ascend, Women in Agile Charlotte Chapter, Optomi, NC Tech, Pink Mentor, etc.).

Agile Week Carolinas(TM) invites you to register for any of its special events or learn more by going to: https://agileweekcarolinas.com/

Media Contact:
Dawn Nicole Mcilwain
Phone: 704-620-0951
Email: info@agileweekcarolinas.com
Website: agileweekcarolinas.com

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Running Of The Bulls Only Sorta Canceled Due To Pandemic – 14th rendition of San Fermin in Nueva Orleans changes format, again

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Nola Bulls, LLC has found a way to carry on the fun of San Fermin in Nueva Orleans with an online gathering of amigos.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the uncertainty of legal gatherings of more than 10 people, the organizers and brain trust of San Fermin in Nueva Orleans have opted for an online fiesta. On Saturday July 11, 2020 all are invited to join the team as they present a way to revel with the friends they normally see each year, but cannot due to the virus.

Annually since 2007 people have come from around the globe to enjoy the company of friends and the gorings of our Virtual Bulls, aka RollerBulls(tm). The team had to be creative in order to bring the fun and festive feeling of SFNO to their loyal fans. Notify your friends and schedule a socially distant/approved way to join in.

Back in 2007 some friends dreamt up the idea of recreating the famous Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain by replacing the four-legged bovines with two-legged RollerBulls played by the Big Easy Rollergirls roller derby team. What has occurred since is nothing short of amazing. Each year hundreds of roller derby skaters (aka RollerBulls) from around the globe chase down and whoop willing runners through the streets of New Orleans. It's all part of a great three-day fiesta.

The three-day event that usually spans many blocks and venues in the city of New Orleans will be shortened to a few hours, but expanded to venues around the world. Entry to this virtual wonderland is available via www.nolabulls.com.

Look for performances from our beloved local groups and bands as well as some introductions to fans that come annually to enjoy our beloved city and this wacky fiesta.

Nola Bulls, LLC was founded in 2007 and is a provider and promoter of entertainment and cultural events in the New Orleans Area: Improving New Orleans one festival at a time. SFNO helps raise money for two local charities, visit https://www.bethsfriendsforever.org/ and http://bigeasyanimalrescue.org/ for info on these.

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For more information on the event, and a link to registration, visit http://www.nolabulls.com/

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‘Real Power Today,’ led by Pastor Arnie Klann kicks off his 2020 Spiritual Warfare Retreats in Laguna Hills, CA

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. -- Pastor Arnie Klann, "Real Power Today" announced. Pastor Klann is thrilled to have the opportunity to kick off ministry "that speaks to the unusual and trying times of today, that can lead to strong spiritual interface."

The ministry series is "Real Power Today." The series will kick-off June 25th & June 26th in a Retreat format. The focus is on helping people to push back and heal against Spiritual attack, through a Christian and scriptural format.

The conference series is designed to be targeted, hopeful, and educational. Spiritual Warfare is a Deliverance based, Biblical study.

In a recent interview, Pastor Arnie Klann introduced his theme, "Refueling a Mid-Crisis Life." "The retreats serve as a training, healing, and educational tool; specifically, for alleviating what can feel like a spiritual depression or anxiety. The purpose is to be assisted in prayer for the aid of healing."

In reviewing Pastor Klann's concept, it was intriguing to find that these conferences will be set up in a private and relaxed setting; led primarily by an educational base and an opportunity for small group prayer or private prayer. It will be a day long retreat, which includes a luncheon, the ability to relax on break-time in a beautiful coiffed landscape with water and fountains.

"The relaxation environment is secondary to the primary goal of healing in a deeper, scriptural, and Christian-based venue," Klann states.

The retreats are designed to be intentionally small, (maximum of 10 participants); in order to get more personal prayer time achieved in a shorter period; rather than multiple visits at church.

For more information, scheduling & pricing can be found at https://realpowertoday.com/ website.

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‘Real Power Today,’ led by Pastor Arnie Klann kicks off his 2020 Spiritual Warfare Retreats in Laguna Hills, CA

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. -- Pastor Arnie Klann, "Real Power Today" announced. Pastor Klann is thrilled to have the opportunity to kick off ministry "that speaks to the unusual and trying times of today, that can lead to strong spiritual interface."

The ministry series is "Real Power Today." The series will kick-off June 25th & June 26th in a Retreat format. The focus is on helping people to push back and heal against Spiritual attack, through a Christian and scriptural format.

The conference series is designed to be targeted, hopeful, and educational. Spiritual Warfare is a Deliverance based, Biblical study.

In a recent interview, Pastor Arnie Klann introduced his theme, "Refueling a Mid-Crisis Life." "The retreats serve as a training, healing, and educational tool; specifically, for alleviating what can feel like a spiritual depression or anxiety. The purpose is to be assisted in prayer for the aid of healing."

In reviewing Pastor Klann's concept, it was intriguing to find that these conferences will be set up in a private and relaxed setting; led primarily by an educational base and an opportunity for small group prayer or private prayer. It will be a day long retreat, which includes a luncheon, the ability to relax on break-time in a beautiful coiffed landscape with water and fountains.

"The relaxation environment is secondary to the primary goal of healing in a deeper, scriptural, and Christian-based venue," Klann states.

The retreats are designed to be intentionally small, (maximum of 10 participants); in order to get more personal prayer time achieved in a shorter period; rather than multiple visits at church.

For more information, scheduling & pricing can be found at https://realpowertoday.com/ website.

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Smithtown-based PuroClean franchise to Provide Free Sanitizing Services for First Responders’ Personal and Utility Vehicles on April 24 at Setauket Fire Department

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. -- On Friday, April 24, Robert Corrado and his team from PuroClean of Smithtown will say "thank you" to first responders in the best way they know how: By offering sanitizing services for their personal and utility vehicles.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Setauket Fire Department, 394 Nicolls Road, Setauket, NY. The company is working in partnership with the Stony Brook Police Department and the Setauket Fire Department and picked the location for its proximity to Stony Brook University, one of the largest hospitals on Long Island.

PuroClean is known for its property restoration services related to water, fire and smoke damage; mold removal; reconstruction; and biohazard cleanup. It will have multiple trained and certified technicians on-site applying an EPA-certified, proven effective and safe, anti-microbial treatment to the cars and trucks of first responders' vehicles who stop in during the designated hours. The sanitizing treatment prevents contamination and minimizes the risk of pathogens spreading to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

"The dedication and selflessness of the front line emergency services and healthcare workers here on Long Island are second to none and we want to do our part to show them our gratitude," said Corrado, owner of PuroClean in Smithtown, which serves all of Long Island and the five boroughs. "These individuals have enough stress on-the-job without worrying about having to decontaminate the vehicles they and their families travel in. Likewise, this provides a simple option for cleaning their utility vehicles."

For Corrado the event is personal as he has close connections to Stony Brook, where he received his degree as did his dad and brother. His wife meanwhile has worked at the university for many years and is currently in the social work department. Yet, he says it's the unique bond that New Yorkers have with the health care and emergency services community in general that drive him to lend a hand.

"In New York, I believe we have a deeper appreciation for the brave men and women who protect and serve because of 9/11 but also because we understand that in an area our size, the demands and pressures on them are much bigger than most other places," said Corrado. "If our event makes their lives easier, than I will sleep easier at night."

The sanitizing process takes about 10 minutes and is first-come first-served. Corrado said that if the event proves to be a success, then they will expand the event to multiple days in April and May.

For more information about PuroClean of Smithtown, go to http://www.puroclean.com/pn-ny.

For details about the free event for first responders, go to Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/events/227600795132462

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African Youth Drug Prevention (AYDP) Project Presents Substance Abuse Impact Data in Washington State

SEATTLE, Wash. -- On April 25 from 1 to 3 p.m., Union of Tigrean Women North America Seattle Chapter, a charitable non-profit organization supporting socio-cultural and educational causes of Ethiopians, invites the community to attend the African Youth Drug Prevention presentation of findings. The presentation will take place at the Washington State Coalition of African Community Leaders (WSCACL) quarterly meeting via Zoom.

The African Youth Drug Prevention (AYDP) team will present their neighborhood findings on the influence of substance abuse shops and advertisements as it relates to youth behavior and health.

Sponsored by WSCACL, the AYDP project demonstrates how two different African communities committed to protecting their youth can successfully collaborate to combat a common issue. The project has received support from Public Health Seattle and King County and was formed by a Coalition member partnership between the Union of Tigrean Women North America Seattle Chapter and the Rescue Mission and Prayer Network International.

Information presented will showcase how targeted youth are impacted by billions of advertising dollars and how youth of color disproportionately face negative consequences for their substance use, even though their consumption is often comparable or even lower than white youth.

Meeting participants can log into the Zoom meeting with ID: 614-712-9422 and password: 520716. Past meeting attendees have included: King County Councilmember, Girmay Zahilay; Seattle City Councilmember, Kshama Sawant; and former State Representative and current WSCACL Advisor, Dawn Mason.

About WSCACL

Founded in 2016 by a handful of African community leaders, WSCACL has grown to a Coalition membership of more than 100 leaders, individuals and business owners. It supports African Community organizations and individuals in Washington state committed to sharing resources and promoting collaboration across communities.

WSCACL assists in fostering leadership development, capacity building, community advocacy, training and education, economic empowerment and civic engagement. It receives generous support from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Urban League, Washington Nonprofits Association, Seattle Foundation, Neighborhood Matching Fund, Center for Multicultural Health, HealthPoint and the Seattle Foundation.

For more information: http://www.wcacl.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Washington-State-Coalition-of-African-Community-Leaders-1771135912904162/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/africanyouthdrugprevention/

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Ted Rigoni’s Oxidized! Exhibition opens at the Progress Gallery March 7 – 29, 2020

POMONA, Calif. -- The Progress Gallery, located at 300 S. Thomas St., Pomona, CA presents "Oxidized!" - a solo exhibit of art photographs of pigment on paper by artist Ted Rigoni. The Progress Gallery is open to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and is celebrating this work with an Artist's Reception during the Artist Walk, on March 14, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The oxidized metals of the Mojave Desert Landscape - rusted cans, discarded bolts, 'gold mine' conveyor parts, spiraling culverts, and other metallic objects - seem annihilated by the gritty red rust of time. Yet these remnants have been born again as contemporary art photographs by Rigoni through selected light, edgy textures, and micro-details, to reveal the beautiful metals that supported desert pioneers as they pursued life, love, and riches in a hostile and unforgiving environment.

Abandonment is a common theme of America's West as places that once were, have become nonplaces, but at the same time places replete with nostalgic affections. Thus, Ted Rigoni titled his exhibit, Oxidized! to emphasize the rusty relationship we have with abandoned metals from our past - a distinct contrast with our shiny object culture of today. For a year plus, Ted explored the desert within the Mojave National Preserve, discovering metal artifacts that date back generations, each of them an Oxidized! (rusted) icon to the rugged miners, ranchers, railroaders, and itinerant explorers whose ghosts still linger in this land of creosote bushes, coyotes and sand.

A series of rusted bean cans cast a bronze, nostalgic glow, but no details to pinpoint a specific place or time. Grand scale photographs of small rusted bolts seem to vibrate with life on the Giclee prints and display as equals to images of gigantic metal culverts and sinusoidal railroad tracks. Ted's art connects the small with the large, the very old to the just old- all of it through the magic of an uncommon desert light.

"During my desert wilderness explorations, I often shoot images that reach out to me before I have reached out to them," Rigoni says. "When I return to my digital darkroom, I focus on creating images that explore the role art photography plays in our psychic understanding of the specific places that spawned these abandoned metals."

Ted describes his work as semi-abstract, with a deep topographical connection to the details which express an emotional response to the "Oxidized!" elements.

Ted points out, "I often stack focus 50 images of the same piece to capture the minute detail with exquisite sharpness because my visual vocabulary includes the finite rust and all its pigment varieties. I want to extend the visual experience beyond documenting the abstract light, patterns, and textures, which naturally appear. I am interested in how the unconscious act of abandoning these metals is born again in our consciousness as art."

Ted Rigoni resides with his family in Tustin, California, is a professional sports photographer, retired County Road Division Manager, and has been engaged in fine art photography for the last four years. In addition to creating art photography projects, Ted is an associate art photography instructor for National Park Photography Expeditions.

You can see more of his work at https://www.tedrigoni.com/

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First female Brazilian pilot to race FlatOutFriday

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- MILWAUKEE, Wis., March 3, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Brazilian entrepreneur, Bruna Wladyka, is scheduled to be Royal Enfield's substitute racer in its "Built Train Race" (BTR) program, during the team's first race at FlatOutFriday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 13.

Her inclusion in the program is a major step for the female motorcycle community in Brazil since this is the first time a Brazilian woman, motorcycle enthusiast, and advocate, is invited to an event of such impact. She will race among men and women in the 749 Twin class.

Wladyka's efforts to make motorcycling more accessible to Brazilian women are notorious. She is the founder of #ElasPilotam (translates to #SheRides), a movement that prioritizes sorority and empowers women, who already are involved in this universe, to take leadership roles in their bikes and lives. During FlatOutFriday, she will also be the only South American woman to take part in the races in Milwaukee.

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bruna will race in place of professional pilot Melissa Paris, who, at the time, will be in Daytona, Florida. As the surprised from the invitation sets in, Bruna is wasting no time to get ready. Back in Curitiba (PR), Brazil, she is training with other eight pilots, from team FlatTrack BR.

"I've been involved with the Flat Track team in Brazil for years, but I've never really raced. The FlatOutFriday race will be my first big competition. To be standing alongside women who are so empowered in this segment is real pressure. I feel grateful for being able to represent Brazilian women, and I hope to do it with honors," says Bruna. This is the second year the Brazilian group come to FlatOutFriday.

BREAKING BARRIERS: beyond the track

Bruna's participation at FlatOutFriday is a significant milestone because it also shows the industry's recognition of the women's involvement in the Brazilian bike scene. By taking part in a program such as BTR's, she increases awareness about all the opportunities for women in the two wheels universe, from being a rider to taking active roles in fabrication and market decisions.

The growth of #ElasPilotam movement in such a small period of time in Brazil is one of the proofs of how the female riding community needed an outlet to connect around the country. Besides the initiative, Bruna also fosters the motorcycling niche through events like the BMS Motorcycle, and the only Wall of Death show in Latin America.

Note about BTR Program

Royal Enfield's BTR Program highlights women and motorcycle culture in a format that brings riders from different backgrounds to race a custom flat track motorcycle - the base model for this program is Enfield's Intercontinental 650 Twin. Besides Melissa and Bruna, the group also has photographer Lana McNaughton, founder of the Women's Moto Exhibit, from Oregon, motorcycle enthusiast Jillian Deschenes, from Minnesota; and DIY shop owner Andrea Lothrop, from Canada.

More information: https://www.royalenfieldna.com/build-train-race/

#ELASPILOTAM - https://www.elaspilotam.com/

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$675 Billion Reasons to ‘Declare Your Share!’ with Upcoming 2020 Decennial Census

BURTONSVILLE, Md. -- U.S. Census Bureau, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker and AARP Maryland State President Jim Campbell Join Forces to promote senior participation in upcoming 2020 Decennial Census.

Event held at a community center in an area that is predicted to be undercounted; will highlight community programming funded by census dollars.

Who:
* Brian Frosh, Attorney General, State of Maryland
* Tom Hucker, District 5 Councilmember, Montgomery County Council
* Jim Campbell, AARP Maryland State President
* Maria Sofia, Executive Associate, Maryland Department of Planning
* Erin Smith, Montgomery County Area Agency on Aging
* Officials from the U.S. Census Bureau will also be in attendance.

What: Senior Census Awareness Event
When: Monday, February 24, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, Social Hall, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
Why: Participation In the 2020 Census is Safe, Easy and Important!

BACKGROUND
April 1 is Census Day! The first United States (U.S.) Decennial Census was conducted in 1790. So the upcoming 2020 Census marks the 24th time that the U. S. has made a headcount of all residents in the Country as required by the constitution. Article 1, Section 2 requires that a census be carried-out every 10 years.

The results of the head count will determine allocation of $675 billion dollars of federal government funds to states, protectorates, and, the District of Columbia; as well as apportionment in state houses and the U.S. House of Representatives. Census results influence how dollars are allocated to local communities to fund specific needs, including roads, hospitals, emergency services, senior citizen centers, job training programs, and; Medicare Part B health insurance. It is estimated that Maryland lost nearly $1BN due to undercounts in hard to reach communities during the 2010 census.

Seniors are historically among the most undercounted groups during. It's important that we remind them that participation in the Census is Easy, Safe and Important! Soon, the Census Bureau will begin a process to invite people to respond to the 2020 Census. This year, respondents have the option be counted by paper questionnaire, telephone response, or online response (including smart phones).

For more information on the 2020 Census or to register for updates, go to https://www.2020census.gov/

QUOTES:

"The Census Bureau is committed to ensuring that all U.S. residents are counted once, only once and in the right place", says Fernando Gordon, Deputy Director of the U.S. Census Bureau. "We applaud all of our partners, including Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh; Montgomery County; Montgomery County District 5 Councilmember Tom Hucker; and AARP Maryland State President Jim Campbell for their outstanding commitment towards ensuring a complete count in all communities - especially those that are historically undercounted. Today, we especially encourage seniors in Montgomery County, Maryland to be counted in the upcoming Decennial Census!

"By the time of the next census in the year 2030, there will be more Americans over the age of 65 than under the age of 18. Communities are going to have to prepare infrastructure, services and supports to accommodate this historic shift in demographics and will require every federal dollar they are entitled to in order to do so," says AARP Maryland State President Jim Campbell. "That is why AARP Maryland is urging all residents to 'Declare Your Share' and participate in the 2020 census."

For More Information Contact:
Nancy Carr, AARP Maryland
443-787-5382
ncarr@aarp.org

Learn more about AARP at: https://states.aarp.org/maryland/

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New Orleans tech companies and training organizations come together to help prepare youth and young adults for emerging tech job market

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- LifeSkills Foundation will host the first annual Tech-2-Talent Youth Expo on Saturday, March 14 from 1 - 5:30 p.m. at the Mel Ott Multi-Purpose Center located at 2301 Belle Chasse Highway in Gretna, La. The event is a fun, interactive tech expo and speakers forum designed to encourage youth, ages 25 and under, and their parents to explore tech career pathways for 21st century jobs in areas like information technology, computer science, engineering, healthcare, cybersecurity, and digital media.

Co-sponsored by DXC Technology and OnPath Federal Credit Union, the event will educate and inform attendees about traditional and non-traditional pathways, certifications, and experiential learning opportunities that can lead to successful careers in hard and soft-skill positions in various industries. Attendees will learn how technology skills readily used in the home, school, and workplace can translate to long-term careers and entrepreneurial ventures. In addition, youth and their parents can be trained on a tech skill in 20 minutes or less during the Tech20 Interactive Showcase.

"Pursuing a job in tech-whether it's digital media, coding or health IT- is not only a great idea, but it lays the foundation for a career that can generate great pay and longevity as well as equip youth with the tools they need to successfully reinvest into the community," said Michelle Jackson, executive director of LifeSkills Foundation. "Our goal is to work with local stakeholders to offer youth, at all skill levels, a pathway to success in tech. If we can encourage one avid gamer to pursue a job as a video game designer or inspire a student who enjoys problem solving to pursue a job as a network administrator, we know we are moving in the right direction."

In traditional New Orleans style, Tech-2-Talent will include music by a local DJ, food, tech swag bags and prizes. Participants include DXC Technology, Tulane University School of Professional Advancement - Digital Design, Game Art & Animation, the U.S. Army, Operation Spark, National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), Diabetes Management & Supplies, Urban League of Louisiana, Tech Talent South, Zephyr Drones, NOLA Code, New Horizons Computer Learning Center, PR Solutions and My College Fit. Other participants include Electric Girls and Louisiana College.

The 2020 theme is, Inspiring the Next Generation of Tech Leaders. The event is open to youth with no tech skills or formal education, as well as those who are video game, smartphone, and social media savvy. Gaming competitions, virtual reality and drone demonstrations will take place throughout the day. Tech training and college preparation workshops will be offered. Parents can participate in all activities, attend panel discussions, and be guests at the Inspiring our Youth Speakers Forum. The forum will feature recent graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Cedric Dent Jr., author of "Searching for Purpose and Understanding: Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life."

Other speakers include: Jayed Stokes, Scrum Master, DXC Technology; Eddie Smith Jr., Software Engineer, GE Aviation; Dominque Riley, Senior Technical Product Manager, Baker Hughes; Anastasia Aubrey, Senior Scrum Master, DXC Technology; and Pamela Calonje, Career Consultant, New Horizons Computer Learning Center. New Horizons will also provide first-hand information about the Louisiana Workforce Commission Youth Grant, which provides young adults between the ages of 18-24 who are currently not in school, an opportunity to receive funds to cover the cost of IT training and certification programs.

To attend, register at http://www.i-investcompetition.com/tech-2-talent-youth-expo or access the event on Eventbrite.

Ticket prices are $35. To receive a $15 discount, purchase tickets online using code T2TXmas19. Schools and nonprofits can receive two complimentary tickets if registered by March 1.

For more information, email Michelle Jackson at marketing@prsolutionsllc.org.

About LifeSkills Foundation

LifeSkills Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides mentoring to youth and aspiring youth entrepreneurs. The Foundation connects young leaders to experienced business and academic professionals via virtual and face-to-face platforms designed specifically to ensure delivery of guidance, training, and financial support. The Foundation's mission is to help youth business leaders build viable ventures and use their business know-how, leadership skills, and self-confidence to invest in their communities, create jobs, and prepare for the future workforce. LifeSkills is a principal supporter of the i.Invest National Youth Business Competition.

Learn more about LifeSkills Foundation at: https://www.i-investcompetition.com/lifeskills-foundation

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