Active Sexual Lifestyle? New ​Digital Health App Pairs with Social Sharing to Reduce the Spread of STDs

CheckMate Healthcare App Offers More Options for Preventative STD Testing. Demand for Tele-medicine and Digital Health Options Steadily Grows.

“We want everyone saying “Do you use CheckMate?” and “I just sent you my CheckMate results. It’s easier to talk about an
app than it is to talk about STDs””

— Marc Schonberger

BOCA RATON, FL, USA, April 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Are medical apps the new tool to changing the future of healthcare? CheckMate Healthcare thinks so. The launch of CheckMate Healthcare’s new app is one of the latest tools for people to take control of preventative care. Available for iOS and Android, the app offers CheckMate Home and CheckMate Lab to deliver STD testing right to your door. Emerging as an easy and affordable e-Health testing alternative.

​With 48% of millennials using condoms “never” or “rarely” and STDs accounting for $16 billion in healthcare costs, CheckMate provides treatment and confidential results sharing options for better sexual health in a growing mobile lifestyle.

CheckMate is empowering people and making the STD conversation easier. “We want everyone saying “Do you use CheckMate?” and “I just sent you my CheckMate results.” says CheckMate founder Marc Schonberger. “It’s easier to talk about an
app than it is to talk about STDs” continues Schonberger.

This moves the conversation from the focus on treatment to the focus on prevention.​ Sexual health can be complicated but getting tested doesn’t have to be. Download the app, pick your test, ($70 to $229) return your kit and get accurate
results typically in 48 hours. ​Test results negative? Share your “Gold Pass” and let your partner know you’re STD free, with a text, email, link in your dating profile. Need a prescription? CheckMate provides free tele-medicine consults and support for positive STD results. Unlike any competitor, CheckMate is the market’s first
shareable STD app, ​and will be indispensable for life in the world of modern dating.

Users are encouraged to share the app and get $20 off the Total Check with code LAUNCH on CheckMate’s site. The growing MedTech phenomenon is more than a trend, and with high insurance deductibles, self-directed testing is prime to grow.
With a 20 year high in the rise of STDs, CheckMate is needed now more than ever. CheckMate has partnered with 2400 labs across the nation making your healthcare a priority. ​Easy, convenient, cost effective, and safe, MedTech is on the
rise and CheckMate is here to stay.

CheckMate’s founder, marketing director and healthcare experts, are all available for interviews in our booking calendar. ​We are scheduling now, and can provide more information as needed. You can find CheckMate's full press kit, trending ads, bios, and booking calendar available online here. Just click.

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About CheckMate Healthcare

CheckMate Healthcare has introduced CheckMate, the World’s first STD testing, treatment and
confidential results sharing app. Checkmate provides pre-paid testing at thousands of lab
locations for quick and easy testing or our at home self-check kits for even more confidentiality
and ease. We provide revenue opportunities for strategic partners and app ambassadors.
Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, Checkmate was launched to address the STD epidemic
with a comprehensive and cost effective personal mobile healthcare and social media results
sharing solution. For more information, please visit www.checkmatehealthcare.com

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Kim Habibi Explains How To Save Money On Your Taxes

These simple steps could save a lot of money for residents

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, April 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — It's tax season and citizens of the United States are scrambling to get their taxes in on time. Many people do not know how to file their federal or state obligations correctly let alone how to save money. Kim Habibi wants to hold a workshop to help people save money when they finish their taxes.

Habibi wants people to know they can have deductions on their taxes. These deductions include mortgage interest, student loan interest, real estate taxes, and many more. Lowering a person's tax burden has become the goal for Habibi.

Other options to achieve lowering the tax burden are retirement contributions, credit for child care costs and qualified education costs.

For those who are not good at math or numbers, the more deductions a person can claim, the less they will pay out of pocket.

Habibi provides these tips to those trying to save money when filing their taxes.

Take Advantage OF Child Care Credits
The tax code and law offers several benefits to parents, including credit for child care costs. Also, the child tax credit, which is worth up to $1,000 for each child under the age of 17, allows parents to get money back.

The ability to count more dependents in the household allows more earnings for child care credits. Also, alimony payments are tax deductible.

Put Money Into College Savings

Just a fraction of parents create a 529 college savings accounts for their children. This option means others miss out on the tax advantage of letting the funds grow tax-free.

As long as the capital goes toward tuition, parents do not have to pay taxes on the earnings.

Saving Money For Retirement
Voluntarily lowering your take-home paycheck by upping your retirement contributions can be painful in the short term. But the option offers two benefits.

First, a person can beef up their retirement savings. Second, the person lowers their tax burden. Money funneled into specific types of retirement accounts, including IRAs and 401(k)s, is tax deductible. There are limits when using this option.

Giving Away Money
Contributions to charities aren't the only type of tax-deductible gift, says Habibi. A person can also receive up to $13,000 without paying taxes.

Another option allows parents to join forces to give each child $26,000. This technique is called "gift splitting."

Become More Energy Efficient
The federal government encourages taxpayers to make their homes more energy efficient. For those who do accomplish this, the government offers a variety of tax credits for projects.

These projects include installing insulation, new windows and doors, and qualified cooling and heating systems.

Also, other alternative energy sources, including solar panels, are also eligible for tax credits from the government.

Preparing Your Taxes

If a person hires a professional to develop their taxes, they can expect to spend more than $400 if the return requires more than just a basic form. But if a person wants to save money, there are tax software that will complete your taxes for free.

Also, the government allows those who make less than $58,000 for the year to file on the IRS's website for no cost. As long as the person is comfortable filing their taxes, they can make sure no out of pocket costs have occurred.

Habibi says this list is just the tip of the iceberg when saving money on taxes. The workshop Habibi wants to can teach more tricks and tips that can become used during every tax season.

Before spending hundreds of dollars for someone else to complete their taxes, they should research on doing it on their own. But Habibi says there are many ways to lower costs to file and save money while doing it. Saving money can lead to more opportunities for a better life.

To read more about Kim Habibi, you can read why understanding accounting is so important.

Eric Ash
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National Space Society Honors JPL’s Voyager Team

Voyager 1, first to leave the solar system, continues its interstellar journey.

Twin Spacecraft are Still Pioneering the Interstellar Void 41 Years Later

The National Space Society’s Space Pioneer Award recognizes the JPL Voyager team for their amazing scientific and engineering achievements.”

— Bruce Pittman, NSS Senior Operating Officer

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, April 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — For 41 years, the twin Voyager space probes, launched in 1977, have traversed the outer solar system and beyond. They carry humanity's message to the stars, etched onto gold disks carried onboard. Their journey into the depths of interstellar space will continue indefinitely.

To honor this unprecedented achievement, the National Space Society (NSS) announced today that the Jet Propulsion Laboratory team that designed, built and operated the Voyager spacecraft has been named the 2018 recipient of the NSS’s “Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering.”

The prestigious award will be presented to Dr. Michael Watkins, Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, at the society's 37th annual International Space Development Conference, to be held at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel from May 24-27, 2018.

NSS Senior Operating Officer Bruce Pittman said, “The two Voyager spacecraft, launched over 40 years ago, sent back amazing pictures of the outer solar system, including Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and the Saturnian moon Titan, bringing the majestic beauty of the outer planets to people around the world.”

Pittman continued, “The fact that the Voyager spacecraft are still operational and sending back useful data is a great testament to the talent of the hundreds of scientists and engineers who worked so hard to make this incredible mission possible. The National Space Society’s Space Pioneer Award recognizes the JPL Voyager team for their amazing scientific and engineering achievements.”

Also attending the conference are Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, famed physicist Freeman Dyson, SETI pioneer Frank Drake, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, SpaceX Propulsion CTO Tom Mueller, and key members of NASA/JPL’s Cassini mission to Saturn Linda Spilker, John-Pierre Lebreton and Earl Maize. To see more on this stellar lineup of speakers, presenters and attendees, go to the ISDC website.

Past recipients of the Space Pioneer Award include:  Elon Musk, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bigelow, Apollo Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, Dr. Michael Griffin, the Rosetta Mission Team, the Kepler-K2 Team, and the New Horizons Mission Team.

The National Space institute was founded in 1975 by NASA’s Wernher von Braun, father of the Saturn V rocket, and merged with the L5 Society, inspired by the pioneering work of Princeton physicist Gerard K. O’Neill in the same year, to create the National Space Society in 1987. It is the oldest continuously operating group striving to enable the exploration, development and settlement of space.

Aggie Kobrin
National Space Society
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“Humanity’s Farthest Journey.”


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Nicole L. Johnson Joins the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)® as Chairperson of the Advisory Board

Nicole L. Johnson

Accomplished Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) thought leader to oversee Board efforts to institute global standards for D&I work and complete accreditation process

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S., April 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Nicole L. Johnson has been tapped to lead the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)® Advisory Board and accreditation process. Johnson is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of Fortune 500 and Non-Profit experience in a unique combination of functional areas. As a results-driven and visionary leader, Johnson has the right mix of skills and experience to ensure IDC indicates excellence and achievement in its certification programs, as well as completes the accreditation process for the Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)® and Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® credentials. Presently, Johnson is the Chief Strategist and Innovator for Johnson-Reece Consulting, and formerly worked at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, ARAMARK, Wyndham Worldwide/Cendant Corp., Verizon, and more. Johnson's background in Diversity, Marketing and Finance perfectly complements IDC's credentialing philosophy of utilizing Diversity and Inclusion to help organizations make money, save money, and achieve organizational goals.

As an affiliate of the Society for Diversity, IDC conferred its first credentials in 2011. Today, there are thousands of candidates and designees around the world. Our credentials are recognized by employers as a symbol of inclusive excellence and achievement. Leah Smiley, President says, "We set the bar high for effectiveness in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work through rigorous, professional qualification standards. IDC's credentialing program is unique in that we update our curriculum every two (2) years to account for industry changes, new terminology, next generation strategies that work, and the most recent research. Our designees play a role in curriculum development, professional peer review, and class facilitation in exchange for continuing education credits." IDC was formed for the sole purpose of providing diversity and inclusion management preparation courses and materials; administering diversity certification exams; and designating diversity and inclusion credentials to Certified Diversity Professionals (CDP)® and Certified Diversity Executives (CDE)®. There are designees in 35+ U.S. states, as well as Canada, Japan, Germany, Poland, and India.

IDC is currently seeking accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) – Institute for Credentialing Excellence. IDC submitted its application in 2017 and is working to ensure that its certification process demonstrates high quality, accountability and industry best practices. NCCA standards require accredited programs to maintain and engage an independent Board, as well as develop a legally defensible process. IDC has been a member of the NCCA's Institute for Credentialing Excellence since 2016. The organization intends to complete the NCCA accreditation process with the help of its Advisory Board, which is responsible for overseeing the development, administration and scoring of the exams; participating in disciplinary determinations; as well as reflecting the interests of the general public, to name a few. Johnson says, "This Board appointment is an extension of my work as a 'Newbie Navigator', where I help Diversity leaders and organizations create an optimal workplace culture for authenticity and inclusion. Professional credentials are not just for new Diversity leaders only; the credentials ensure that there is a standard of quality and indication of a leader's knowledge, skill and ability to get expected results. I'm excited about helping IDC transform the global D&I profession."

IDC's Advisory Board represents the best and the brightest leaders in the equity, diversity and inclusion community. The Board is autonomous and works within the framework of a legal entity. Each member serves for a period of two years.
Johnson will work with Vice-Chair of the Board, Carla Hunter Ramsey, Global Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at National Grid. Hunter Ramsey received a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)® credential from IDC in 2015. As an established inclusion leader with offices in the U.S. and U.K., Hunter Ramsey has invested the past 8 years building an award winning global supply chain corporate social responsibility initiative at National Grid.

Other Board members include:

KAREN GILLIAM, PH.D., CDE
Chief Human Capital Development Division, NASA

ROBERT HUGGINS
Field Supervisor, School of Education, Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI)

JULIA MENDEZ, CDP
Principal Business Consultant, People Fluent

DENISE PINES
President of Sales & Marketing, The Smiley Group Inc.

DENNIS STULL, CDE
​Human Resources Manager, Oak Manor Senior Living Center

Johnson is currently in the process of expanding the Board and will work with IDC staff to revolutionize standards and expectations for Diversity and Inclusion leadership. Hande Jaworski, IDC Registrar, is the dedicated staff liaison to the Board, and will assist with completing and managing the accreditation process.

For more information about the Institute for Diversity Certification or its credentialing processes, log onto www.diversitycertification.org.

Leah Smiley
The Society for Diversity Inc.
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CheckMate Sharable STD App Brings Online "Dick Pic" Sharing Trend Into Mainstream to Help Teach Need For STD Testing

CheckMate Healthcare Pitches Top VC’s at HLTH Expo Vegas 2018 With New App Features to Help the Health of Millions of Americans

We want people to start saying do you use CheckMate? The same as when people say, “Let’s take an Uber”. We want to make the conversation between people easier regarding their sexual health”

— Chelsea Siefers

BOCA RATON, FL, USA, April 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Boca Raton, FL April 22nd, 2018 — With STD’s at an all time high, and the trend of sexting, the rise of STD’s creates a true public health threat. CheckMate Healthcare’s digital health app provides a mobile option to drive more STD testing. CheckMate not only makes safe sex easier, it creates a cultural shift to start the sexual health conversation. Just like the trend of "dick pics” the trend in using e-health apps for healthcare is growing. CheckMate is at the forefront of this trend and has been chosen to pitch to top VCs May 6-9, at HLTH Expo 2018 on the app’s features and the conversation of disruptive information in healthcare. CheckMate is taking appointments for on site visits now.

”We want people to start saying do you use CheckMate? The same as when people say, “Let’s take an Uber”. We want to make the conversation between people easier regarding their sexual health” says CheckMate’s Director of New Business, Chelsea Seifers.

CheckMate’s fast, easy, convenient and sharable STD test result app is already being downloaded as a go for digitally driven health initiatives.

Ready to meet the perfect mate? Swiping right? Then it’s time to use the new mobile STD app from CheckMate, free in the iPhone and Google App Stores. CheckMate offers the ideal partnership between a social and medical app. CheckMate is the market’s top shareable app with at home self check kits and pre-paid testing at thousands of lab locations. It provides comprehensive tests for all genders, including PrEP testing (pre-exposure prophylaxis for high risk HIV exposure) from the privacy of your home.

Want to share your STD- free status? CheckMate developed its Gold Pass to make it easy, confidential and convenient to share your latest STD test results with your mate or potential new mates. Just forward your “Gold Pass” clean bill of health with your name, nickname, or anonymously. After viewing the results are gone, just like snapchat.

CheckMate’s founder, marketing director and healthcare experts, are available for interviews in our booking calendar, and will be available for appointments in person at HLTH Expo in Vegas. We are scheduling now, and can provide more information as needed. You can find your CheckMate full press kit, trending ads, bios, and booking calendar are available online here. Just click.

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About CheckMate Healthcare

CheckMate Healthcare has introduced CheckMate, the World’s first STD testing, treatment and confidential results sharing app. Checkmate provides pre-paid testing at thousands of lab locations for quick and easy testing or our at home self-check kits for even more confidentiality and ease. We provide revenue opportunities for strategic partners and app ambassadors. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, Checkmate was launched to address the STD epidemic with a comprehensive and cost effective personal mobile healthcare and social media results sharing solution. For more information, please visit www.checkmatehealthcare.com

Liz Galloway
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University of Management and Technology Celebrates Twenty Years

UMT graduates, families and friends

UMT graduates

UMT Graduates

ROSSLYN, VA, USA, April 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — On January 28, 2018, the University of Management and Technology (UMT) celebrated its 20th anniversary. When UMT began delivering education programs in 1998, online academic courses were a novelty. With an aspiration to deliver higher education globally across national boundaries, UMT did more than just offer courses: UMT was one of the first schools in the United States to offer online degrees. Coincidentally, a new company, Blackboard.com, located just a few miles from UMT also began operations in 1998. UMT was one of the first users of the Blackboard learning platform, which became a dominant platform as online education experienced explosive growth. Today, online education is a standard offering at nearly all colleges and universities in the United States, but in 1998, schools with online programs were a lonely bunch.

Dr. J. Davidson Frame, UMT co-founder, recalled UMT's history: “When we opened our university doors to students in 1998, we offered just two degrees: an MBA degree and an MS in Project Management. Today, we offer undergraduate degrees in 18 disciplines (at the associates/bachelor levels), masters degrees in 16 disciplines, and a doctoral degree. In our first semester of operation, we had only seven students. As of today, UMT has built a strong global higher learning community through its online and distance education programs, with students located in 50 states, the District of Columbia, 4 US territories of the United States, and 78 countries worldwide." Indeed, UMT has provided various levels of education offerings to 23,750 students. Of these, 12,600 have earned their degrees from UMT.

When asking about the future, Dr. Yanping Chen, UMT’s founder, said “As UMT goes forward, we are committed to continuing our tradition that focuses on being innovative, student-centric, academically excellent, and standing at the forefront of change in education. We strive to make higher education accessible and affordable. We are proud to say that UMT has not raised its tuition since the day it was founded. Ultimately, a university lives through its students, and that is certainly the case here."

Speaking to UMT's community, two founders said: "We offer thanks to you, our students and alumni, as well as to our faculty and staff. We are proud of what you have achieved, your accomplishments are the best rewards you can offer your alma mater.”

Christy
University of Management and Technology
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UMT Commencement 2017


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Barbara Mann of Your Empowered You to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

LINCOLN, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, April 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — To be empowered is to believe you can create whatever you want to create in your life. It requires accountability to yourself for your decisions, your direction, your career, your life, and expanding into territory you never thought possible. When you are empowered, you are your own guiding light.

Barbara Mann is the creator of Your Empowered You, an online career coaching and mentoring service designed to empower people to achieve whatever they hope to achieve and stretch themselves outside of their comfort zones. Your Empowered You can help anybody at any stage of their career to remove perceived obstacles, align with their core passions and achieve success.

“My job as a coach and mentor is to provide different perspectives, different tools, to help them overcome whatever obstacles that they think they have on their path to success,” says Mann. “It's a matter of working through their perception of what is in the way. I encourage people to take risks and lean into any discomfort that they may have.”

Mann’s background includes 18 years of coaching and mentoring leadership and communication skills in the corporate world. She says the key to empowerment and success begins with identifying and aligning with one’s core values.

“Any decision you make should be aligned with who you truly are,” says Mann. “When setting goals, the first questions you want to ask yourself are: what are my core values? What am I all about? Why do I want to achieve this goal? When decisions are aligned with our core values, our goals become easier to achieve.”

Aligning with our core values also helps us identify potential opportunities. When we are resistant to something, that's the direction we need to go because that's our biggest opportunity for growth. If something is a little bit exciting with a little bit of an anxiety, it might be worth exploring.

“I think people have a lot more power than they give themselves credit for. We create these boxes for ourselves. There's so much opportunity once we get out of our box. That’s what I like to tap into, supporting them and being their advocate.”

CUTV News Radio will feature Barbara Mann in an interview with Jim Masters on April 30th at 1pm EDT.

Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio.

If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information on Your Empowered You, visit www.yourempoweredyou.com.

Lou Ceparano
CUTV News
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TASK's Technical Writing Programme for the Aeronautical Engineering students

TASK Training Batch

Trainer and Trainees

TASK collaborated with the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for “Technical Writing for Aviation” programme for the Aeronautical Engineering students

We are very much thankful to TASK for this initiative that has helped students to develop technical skills. The exposure to the global platform will help us emerge into professional technical writers”

— Niloufer

DALLAS, TX, USA, April 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge, TASK, has been persistent in enhancing the knowledge and skills of students and consistently walks the extra mile by introducing industry relevant skill programs.

The latest addition is a programme titled “Technical Writing for Aviation” for the Aeronautical Engineering students. This course was introduced in collaboration with the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, ERAU, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace with more than 150 locations in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through its network of online programs.

The skilling programme is a 4-week course focusing on online and face-to-face training wherein students shall achieve learning outcomes based on rhetorical concepts, basic grammar and technical writing conventions.

Embarking the beginning of a successful career journey, this programme provides hands-on experience to the students in technical writing under continuous monitoring and coursework. The faculty from ERAU – USA, Ms. Jennifer Roberts, through online training network sessions, skilled the students on technical writing giving them a global exposure in the aeronautical field. They were majorly trained on the technical language that is used while curating the content and developing reports/documents.

The last day of the face-face session was held on April 25th, 2018 at, which saw the participation of the faculty Ms. Kim Chua from ERAU, Singapore, who indulged the students in a serious training & practice sessions.

The pilot batch students participated in the training session and successfully completed the programme and submitted their assignments. Speaking on the occasion Ms Chua shared that it was an enriching experience for her personally and professionally to be involved in the inaugural edition of this program and she said that they are positive that this focused skilling will contribute to the students' employability quotient.

Technical Writing Course that is currently in its naive stage has received an encouraging response from the students who were inducted into the programme. Sudhanshhu, a student, testified on how he was benefited by being a part of this programme. “This is not included in our curriculum and being taught of it has boosted our confidence levels to face any new career opportunities in the field of Aviation," he said.

TASK and ERAU Asia had entered into a MoU in November 2016, with an objective to collaboratively develop professional education in aviation corporate scholarships and research opportunities between the institutions and to the benefit of the aviation workforce of India.

It may be mentioned that this is one of the many initiatives that the duo are associated with. After receiving a positive response from the students and faculty, CEO TASK, Mr. Sujiv Nair shared that they are keen to explore options to introduce additional skill courses in the Aviation sector that will benefit the undergraduate students across Telangana

Aarthi KL
Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge
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Why TASK?


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Music, Performance & Noted Speakers Join to Support Anti-Bullying Program “Y i Count” at Orlando Gala Event and Auction

Steph Carse

Vocalist STEPH CARSE, Choreographer BRADLEY “SHOOZ” RAPIER and O.C. Commissioner PETE CLARKE to Appear. Award Given to Teen Author/Model MAKAILA NICHOLS

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, April 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Orlando, FL – The award-winning, anti-bullying program “Y i Count” will be hosting its first annual gala and auction, tomorrow, April 27 at the Orlando Museum of Art. “Y i Count” is focused on assuring people of all ages of their unique role, importance and contribution to the world.

Tickets for this Gala event are $100 and can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anti-bullying-award-winning-program-y-i-count-auction-gala-tickets-43465838493?aff=es2.

Bullying has been on the rise over the past decade and is now ranked by the CDC as the second leading cause of death among kids and adults ages 10-24. Teen suicides shot up more than 30 percent overall from 2010-2015. For girls, this increase went up a staggering 65 percent*. Bullying is so pervasive that it’s estimated that 160,000 kids stay home from school each day for fear of bullies**.

“Y i Count” is focused on using education, music and empathy to help reverse trends of suicide and depression and build up a new generation of people who celebrate and support each other’s unique qualities.

Silent Auction items are currently available for bid online from Thursday April 26 to Friday April 27 at 8:30pm ET. Items include Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift concert tickets, guitars from Garth Brooks and Bruce Springsteen, boxing gloves from Sylvester Stallone, an original autographed Star Wars poster, and other unique and collectible items.

This anti-bullying non-profit organization was founded by internationally acclaimed vocalist STEPH CARSE, who will be speaking and performing at the event.

Joining Carse will be NAACP Award-winner BRADLEY “SHOOZ” RAPIER; Orange County Commissioner PETE CLARKE; and LAURA SURIA, the mother of Isabell Suria who committed suicide due to cyber-bullying.

The “Y i Count” Award Recipient for 2018 will be MAKAILA NICHOLS, teen model and actress, and author of the book "BLATANTLY HONEST: Normal Teen, Abnormal Life." Makaila explains, “Being a teenager today is one of the hardest jobs in the world. You have grades to maintain, obligations to extra-curricular activities, and soul-crushing pressure to excel at everything so colleges take notice. On top of it all, you’re forced to act as your own public relations manager because, thanks to social media, every bit of your life is on display.”

Carse is passionate about the issues surrounding bullying, which inspired him to write the anthem “Awesome” (https://youtu.be/PoH4B_xXzNo) and launch the “Y i Count” (www.yicount.org) campaign. “Bullying has become an epidemic in our nation, and we hope this event reminds people that words have power. Bullying is never ok. We want to inspire Orlando to start a movement that celebrates the uniqueness of each person.”

Carse is an award-winning songwriter, performer, recording artist and television producer. Known for his ability to draw people into a shared journey through music and visual media, his hyper-creative mind combined with charismatic charm has created an exceptionally loyal fan base. Carse has always shown a heart for causes, having co-written and performed the Official Song for The American Red Cross “Reach Out,” as well as writing and performing the lead song for the “Holiday Heroes” album which raised over $2 million dollars in net profit for The Special Olympics in Canada. Accolades for Carse include over 500,000 personal album sales; a 5-star, 36 show run for his Las Vegas show; and 5 awards from The Florida Motion Picture and Television Association for the one-hour TV special he created for PBS.

The “Y i Count” Auction Gala will be held April 27 at 6:00pm at the Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave. Tickets are $100 and include a full museum tour, professional photography session, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. For more information or to purchase tickets, please see:

http://www.yicount.org

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* https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/adolescent-health.htm
** http://www.nea.org/home/53298.htm

Lori Heiselman
FrontGate PR
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“Awesome”, theme song for Y i Count


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Johannesburg summit set to dominate education technology conversation

Transforming Education with Technology

JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA, April 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Education Innovation Summit, hosted by Africa’s leading IT news publication, IT News Africa, has returned for a 3rd instalment that promises to be a cut above the rest. Set to take place on 31 May at the Hilton, Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, the summit will assemble the finest selection of innovative leaders, policy makers, education NGO’s, regulators and the academic community.

The summit will explore technology innovations that will enhance teaching and learning in academic institutions, by encouraging inclusive, round-table discussions which will ensure a valuable knowledge-exchange experience. The Education Innovation Summit will also provide an interactive environment for delegates to engage and build relationships that will extend beyond the context of the event. This is where education policy makers will meet technology solution providers; EduTech entrepreneurs will meet potential users and investors, and delegates will likely create long-lasting relationships and learn about the latest trends in technology for education.

With an array of topics to lead the conversation, speakers and delegates will tackle key issues such as “Overcoming barriers to tech adoption in education”, “Practical challenges of digital learning: getting the balance right for future-thinking”, “How assistive technology is changing special education”, “Transforming education: the power of ICT policies” & “Re-imagining the Role of Technology in Higher Education”, “Change management: administrators and educational technologies – narrowing the divide”, with the goal of accelerating innovation in education.

Confirmed speakers for #EduInnovSummit include:
• Dudu Makhari, CEO: Click Foundation
• Riaan Van Der Bergh, Technology Manager Education Lead, FEDSAS
• Anele Davids, Director, ICT And Teacher Development, Sci-Bono, Discovery Centre
• Dr James Keevy, CEO, Jet Education Services
• Dr Lucas Moloi, President: Southern African Institute Of Quality and Innovation
• Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director, Think Ahead Education Solutions
• Nial McNulty, Digital Publishing Manager, Cambridge University Press
• Walter Matli, Academic Researcher and ICT lecturer: Vaal University of Technology
• Mervyn Christoffels, Vice Principal ICT; UNISA.
• Maglin Moodley, Chief Researcher educational and skills development, Human Sciences Research Council
• Dr Monica Stach, COO, Cotlands
• Professor Elizabeth Vukeh-Tamajong, Educational Policy and Administration, ICT University, Cameroon

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