September 1, 2000
Phoenix - Quepasa.com (Nasdaq: PASA), the premier online community for the US Hispanic market, today declared September 1-- September 30 Latino Internet Month, a nationwide initiative to celebrate the achievements made by U.S. Latinos in the area of technology and recognize the Month is to raise awareness in the Latino Internet community by empowering Hispanics to shape their own destiny through education and information.
As part of the celebration, Quepasa.com will be working with organizations in major markets across the U.S. to distribute computers and free Internet access to Hispanic-focused community, centers, libraries and other neighborhood organizations.
Closing the Digital Divide
"Being a part of the U.S. Latino community and recognizing and celebrating our achievements and the importance of technology is at the core of Quepasa's mission," said Gary Trujillo, Chairman and CEO of quepasa.com "We remain committed to the community we serve and look forward to celebrating nationwide efforts to give Hispanics the power to shape their own destiny through education and information throughout and beyond Latino Internet Month."
According to a recent report by Cheskin Research, the Hispanic population has yet to adopt computer and online services equal to that of the general population. The key message of Latino Internet Month is to relay the importance of technology and assist U.S. Latino neighborhoods in their endeavors to bring technology to all U.S. Latino households.
Activities and Events Scheduled
Latino Internet Month will host a variety of activities and events designed to promote computer and Internet use among Hispanics, including:
*COMPUTER-AN-HOUR GIVE-AWAY: In connection with quepasa.com's goal to provide computers and Internet access to Hispanic communities nationwide, quepasa.com will be hosting a Gateway computer-an-hour give-away. Beginning today, and ending September 30th, quepasa.com will be giving away 500 computers through a variety of online initiatives including an online raffle, trivia contest and essay contest. The raffle will give quepasa.com members the opportunity to gain more chances to win by travelling through the quepasa.com site at http://www.quepasa.com
*HISPANIC LOCAL COMMUNITY INITIATIVE: In addition to the online computer-an-hour give-away, quepasa.com has targeted four cities with a high population of Hispanics: Miami, San Antonio, Los Angeles and New York and will partner with Hispanic-focused community-based organizations in each city to distribute computers to community centers, schools, and public libraries.
Latinos make up the fastest-growing minority in the United States, less than half are currently online.
Latino Internet Month is committed to providing many of the Latinos in the U.S. with reliable access to computers and in Internet, along with the education needed to be able to participate in the world that is now available online. Quepasa.com will continue to partner with schools and community-based organizations that encourage the professional development of Hispanics and introduce new computer technology to areas where it would be otherwise unaffordable or overlooked.