Youth Tech, an extraordinary service for kids and teens, celebrated their grand opening today in America Online's Computing Channel. Youth Tech ( is a technology community for kids and teens presenting information, live events, interactive discussion boards, and a full dictionary of computer terms known as "Techie Terms". Youth Tech is the only area on AOL providing information to kids and teens with a specific interest in technology.
"After being in school all day, learning more is the last thing any of us want to do. Youth Tech provides ways to bring kids and teens together and give them opportunities to share their interests. There's no better avenue to reach this audience then via AOL," said Jeremy Wechsler, sixteen year-old founder of Youth Tech. "The online realm is definitely going to be our future. If we're going to take the expectations we have and turn them into realities, the younger generation has to be informed."
"We're delighted to adopt Youth Tech into the AOL community," said Ted Leonsis, president of AOL Services Company. "By providing live chats, engaging content, and online activities, Youth Tech puts the information across in a bright way that kids will enjoy. It's the best computing content out there, by kids, for kids."
YouthTech formed in September 1995 on Apple's Online Service, eWorld, went from a few hundred members to almost 5,000 members worldwide. In its original inception, Youth Tech provided live events, a Virtual Information Zone, computer assistance, and other features helpful and entertaining to members.
Jeremy Wechsler, sixteen-year old founder of Youth Tech, has extensive experience in computing and online communications. His first effort was to set up a local bulletin board service that started with one call every so often to over one hundred logins. Once online services entered the market, Jeremy moved onto eWorld, hosting another popular kids forum. When the opportunity arose, Jeremy designed Youth Tech. In just a few months, the service was up and running. "I wanted to make a difference and give back a wonderful experience, as I first received when I first connected online," said Jeremy, "Everyday I sign on, I get the gratifying experience of seeing others enjoy themselves from my efforts. I do this because I simply enjoy it."
The Youth Tech staff is comprised of multi-talented, experienced staff who enjoy computing. The staff hosts online conferences and builds parts of the Youth Tech area on AOL. The area is headed by Jeremy Wechsler and coordinated by Audrey Okaneko.
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