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Slalom Helps Bridge Digital Gap and Preserve Seattle Park By Sponsoring Local Community Service Project

August 22, 2008

Slalom Consulting, ranked one of the best consulting firms to work for in the United States by Consulting Magazine, today announced that it will be sponsoring a first-of-its-kind, “Earn A Laptop” event on Friday, August 22nd at Interlaken Park. Slalom, along with program co-sponsors Friends of the Children and Community for Youth, is expecting as many as 60 pre-registered youth to take part in a community service event developed to bridge the technology divide and help restore Seattle’s forested parklands. Children taking part in the community service project at Interlaken will be rewarded by Slalom Consulting for their time with a laptop computer pre-loaded with Microsoft software.

The park restoration project at Interlaken Park is part of a citywide program called the Green Seattle Partnership (www.greenseattle.org), a public private venture between the City of Seattle, its residents and the Cascade Land Conservancy. The Partnership is dedicated to restoring all 2500 acres of forested parkland in Seattle by 2025 by removing non-native invasive plants and by planting native trees and shrubs. The restoration work is completed largely by civic volunteers.

“Our strong work community was built and is led in part by the Seattle-area kids of yesterday,” said Brian Jacobsen, General Manager for Slalom Consulting Seattle. “We wanted to work with grades 4 -12 because they really are the next-generation foundation for Seattle-area business and economic development. Every single child deserves a chance to make a difference and many of them are in desperate need of tools that can help them succeed. Naturally as a technology and business consulting firm we felt a strong connection to this cause right away and are invested in powering tomorrow’s leaders.”

Program details include:

 Who: 4th-12th grade students pre-registered with program sponsors What: "Earn A Laptop" event sponsored by Slalom Consulting Where: Interlaken Park on North Capitol Hill When: Friday, August 22nd from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM PT Why: To improve the local Seattle community and bridge the digital divide 

Kim McKoy, the Executive Director of Friends of the Children, an organization that mentors vulnerable children living in high-risk environments, from the time each child enters kindergarten until they graduate from high school, said, “The kids will be asked to dedicate their time by tidying up existing greenery, picking up garbage and collaborating on other volunteer activities. This will provoke not only a sense of pride in themselves but also for the communities in which they live.”

“Mentoring high school students allows for each student to work toward academic, personal and transitional lifetime goals immediately following graduation,” said Henderson Quinn, Interim Executive Director for Community For Youth. “Hands-on learning experiences like the Interlaken community project further align with our goals to transition students into productive and responsible adults within all of our communities.”

Volunteers will check-in with program sponsors and mentors pre-registered through Community for Youth and Friends of the Children and proceed to donate time and energy to improving the aesthetics and park restoration of Interlaken Park. Students are required to volunteer the full day to receive their prize compensation. At the conclusion of the event, each participating child will have earned a laptop to help him or her in school, complete with software essentials, including Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2003.

About Slalom Consulting

Slalom Consulting (www.slalom.com) is a national business and technology consulting firm, headquartered in Seattle. Following its motto, “Business is a Race. Win it.” Slalom’s services range from broad areas including program management, business process improvement, and software development, to specialized solutions such as CRM, ERP and Sarbanes-Oxley. Slalom is best known for its highly experienced, locally-based teams and consultants who consistently take client projects from strategy through successful implementation. In addition to Seattle, Slalom has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Portland, San Francisco and Southern California.

About Friends of the Children – King County

Friends of the Children – King County strives to fulfill its mission to help our most vulnerable children living in seriously high-risk environments develop the relationships, goals, skills, and resources necessary to thrive. Friends of the Children was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1993 by Duncan Campbell, an entrepreneur, himself a former at-risk child. Friends of the Children-King County began in 2000, as a grassroots effort by Microsoft alumni who wanted to make a positive, long-term change in the lives of Seattle’s most vulnerable children through the model initiated by Mr. Campbell.

About Community for Youth

Community for Youth (www.communityforyouth.org) was founded in 1985 by a group of Seattle residents who were concerned about the number of young people who were heading to jail and dropping out of high school. The group was committed to the idea that all students, if given the support of a dedicated community of adults and peers, had the ability to complete high school successfully and become productive members of their community. Community for Youth is more than a mentoring program, more than a dropout prevention program. For many students, it becomes a lifeline to their future, showing them that success in school and in life is in their hands.

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SOURCE: Slalom Consulting