Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Aidmatrix Centers of Excellence Successful Launch in Europe; Begin North America Pilot in Texas

Aidmatrix Foundation, with the support of our corporate and social sector partners, has launched a 3-5 year, US$8-12 million initiative to transform the lives of 10,000 youth globally through education, coaching and empowerment. The program provides business & technology skills and resources through Aidmatrix Centers of Excellence (COEs).

Secondary School located in Presov, Slovakia
Working with leading industry and non-profit partners in Slovakia, the team has produced some amazing results. We have trained students on leading edge technologies and the business skills needed to be successful in the Slovak corporate environment.  Hundreds of students have become certified in Microsoft technologies, and we are partnering with government and industry groups to place program participants in their first technology jobs at world-class employers.

By virtue of a significant donation of equipment from Brocade Communications, the team is able to give hundreds of technology students throughout the country the very specific, hands-on technology experience they need to be successful in the job market. In Slovakia, there is approximately 60% youth unemployment and at the same time corporations in the country have thousands of entry level IT job openings. Tomas Bozik, Director at Aptech Europe, drove over 6,000 kilometers delivering the equipment and initial training to the programs. “One of our main aims is to support the educational system in Slovakia and help to prepare IT specialists.  We have never received such a significant gift, and been able to make such an incredible impact for students all over our country,” said Bozik.

Secondary School in Kysucké Nové Mesto, Slovakia
I am writing on my return from a trip to the region where I reviewed program operations, advanced corporate partnerships, and thanks to funding from AT&T, was able to work with the team to plan our programming for the next year.  Below is a picture of our team meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic.  Our team are members  of the AmCham Slovakia, along with many of our program partners, including AT&T, CISCO and Accenture.  AmCham committed to a publicity plan for the program, as well as organizing the participation of some of our top program graduates at an intimate networking event with corporate CEOs to be held at the US Embassy.

Pictured with me above are Pontis Foundation Program Director Pavel Hrica, AmCham Government Affairs Manager Natalia Poliakova, (me) and ApTech Europe Director Tomas Bozik

Building on a successful launch in Europe the program now has seed funding and pro bono support from AT&T and Accenture business units to initiate its North American programming. Dallas serves as our urban pilot site while performing site research in a rural location. Initial work brings corporate exposure, coaching and corporate educational assets to approximately 60+ students, during this abbreviated, 6-month phase. 

Work initiated in this region will be leveraged into a national program during the second year with strategically located COEs providing national / North American coverage and service to students and high tech employers.

Stay tuned for some exciting updates, from Dallas very soon! 

We’re looking for volunteers for Dallas and for some Global Operations planning, so please let me know if you are interested in serving as an advisor, a guest lecturer, mentor, or if you would like the opportunity to have a newly minted Aidmatrix graduate working on a short-term internship at your office, please email me at

By leveraging the potential of the corporate sector we empower today’s youth to create their future and advance our society.

Keith R. Thode

Chief Operating Officer / Chief Technology Officer

The Aidmatrix Foundation, Inc.

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