I would like to welcome everyone to DOT's 10th Anniversary celebration. In ten years our vision -- that young people equipped with technology and 21st
century workforce skills can be a force for change in their communities -- has become a reality. We are leading a powerful transformation of young women and men as they become positive role models in the context of their societies, contributing to income generation and education improvement.
The DOT model has created thousands of young leaders of change - young people with the passion, skills and self-confidence to train and motivate their peers and community members to capitalize on the economic and education opportunities around them and to realize the potential and benefits of new technology infrastructures. Young DOT leaders are supporting innovation through technology in their schools, are helping their peers find jobs and create small businesses and social enterprises, and are contributing to safer communities through increased community involvement. DOT participants are increasing their use of technology, creating their own digital communities and increasing their self-esteem and self-reliance as they shift their attitudes in the adoption of productive behaviours.
This past ten years of impact has only been possible through the support and shared vision of our international partners. We thank you for your trust. We also thank the hundreds of local organizations and schools who host our young leaders in their communities. And, I especially tip my hat to my colleagues in our network in Canada, the USA, Africa, the Middle East, China and Mexico. DOT is no more and no less than the passion, dedication, good spirit and hard work of this team. Thank you.
Come back often to follow the stories that are being contributed to the DOT website from around the world. But most importantly, join us in the next ten years.