A decade of youth empowerment: MOUSE Squad of California commemorates 10th anniversary milestone

Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Carl Guardino will deliver keynote address at benefit, May 22

Online PR News – 14-May-2014 – San Jose, Calif. – MOUSE Squad of California (MSCA), a student tech leadership program that has empowered thousands of underserved students in 22 counties throughout the state, will celebrate its 10 year anniversary on Thursday, May 22,with a special benefit highlighting the program’s tremendous work throughout its inaugural decade.

Taking place at the Tech Museum of Innovation from 6:00-8:30 p.m., guests, alumni and educators will enjoy an evening with keynote speaker, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Carl Guardino, and emcee, Telemundo's Blanca Garza, while dining on delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Guests may tour a showcase of student-built tech projects and will have the opportunity to listen to esteemed alum share their success stories. MSCA will also honor longstanding partners and host a silent auction with proceeds benefitting MSCA.

MSCA is a program of Aspiranet, a leading human services agency that provides after-school, youth development and community technology programs. MSCA is known for providing quality science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) to students in grades 4-12. The agency has been honored with the STEM Benchmark Award in Technology from Silicon Valley Education Foundation and recognized by the California After School Network as an “exemplary after-school STEM program” in the Network’s report to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

"Community support is so vital to keeping our program going, allowing us to touch the lives of over 3,000 students in the past year,” said Jan Half, MSCA Program Director. “Silicon Valley needs the skills we are helping teach our students, and we take pride knowing that our program alumni are going on to have amazing careers in the Silicon Valley tech industry.”

Event Info:
What: Mouse Squad of California 10th Anniversary
When: Thursday, May 22, from 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S. Market Street, San Jose, Calif.
Cost: $50 per person
Tickets: Space is limited and advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.mousesquadca.org/ -For those unable to attend, the website also offers one-time and ongoing donation options.

About MOUSE Squad of California (MSCA)
MOUSE Squad of California’s Student Tech Leadership Program has empowered youth to provide leading edge technical support in their schools and communities since 2003. The program provides students in grades 4-12 with high-quality STEM education, project-based learning activities and confidence-building experiences. Currently, MSCA’s innovative technology program serves 3,250 students in 22 California counties with plans to expand into more schools and counties in the coming year. Website: http://www.mousesquadca.org/ -. Contact Jan Half, Program Director,
jan@mousesquadca.org, 408-712-5912.

About Aspiranet
Aspiranet, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, supports foster children, siblings, families and the community with 35 core programs offering specialized services throughout 45 locations within California. Aspiranet strengthens children, families and communities through seven core programs including: Foster Care, Adoption, Residential, Transition Age Youth, Behavioral Health, Wraparound and Family and Community Services.

Founded 39 years ago as a six-bed group home for young boys in Moss Beach, Calif., Aspiranet is one of the most diverse nonprofit social service agencies in the state. With a statewide network of innovative services, Aspiranet serves more than 10,000 families each year. For more information, please visit www.aspiranet.org.