Giving Back In Hard Times

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It's easy during rough times to forget to give back.  It's easy to get self absorbed and only focus on our personal struggles and hurdles during a time of economic crisis, but it's more important than ever to contribute to our community in any way we can. Here at Onboard Informatics, we're not only focusing on growing our business during these times but continuing to give back to the community we love and have worked so hard to help build. One of the ways we give back is by being sponsors of TORCH, a non-profit organization, dedicated to transforming the lives of undeserved New York City public high school students by providing intensive exposure to career training and opportunities in communications and the arts.

TORCH was created in 1999, by Peter Drakoulias, an advertising marketing executive, who saw amazing talent among the youth of New York City and used his connections to start helping these young adults get internships that have now developed into full time careers.

We are proud to say that we have had a least five TORCH interns and now have a fulltime alumni employee, Steve Bryan, IT Associate, whose been with us for over 2 years.

"I can honestly say that TORCH has been one of the most positive impacts of my life. I was able to acquire many career skills and professional experiences through the TORCH program. I had the tremendous opportunity of working with Forbes Magazine as well as other top rated communication and art businesses. More importantly, TORCH provides assistance and guidance with the college application process, as well as college visits for participants. Without TORCH, I would not have had the honor of being named the First Prescott Fund Scholar.

I received the Prescott Fund Scholarship through TORCH for my academic excellence and performance. I had the great opportunity to attend college because of this honor and I am currently pursuing the IT career path. TORCH has provided me with countless opportunities throughout the years, as a student and Alumni. I have had the pleasure of meeting Marc Siden, CEO of Onboard Informatics. I was offered a life changing internship with (what was then) Onboard LLC. Now I am a full time employee, IT Associate and Salesforce Administrator of this growing business.

I am a humble example of a product of TORCH. If you ask any TORCH Alumni or current participants, you will hear a similar TORCH experiences in which TORCH has changed their individual lives for the better. There should definitely be more programs out there like TORCH because I don't think I would be where I am today without that experience."

Steve is an invaluable addition to our team, providing the IT support and spirit that helps drive the success of this company.

We are excited to celebrate the 2008 TORCH Benefit and L.I.G.H.T. Awards tomorrow evening, honoring those who have shown outstanding generosity and dedication to help provide the light hat has kept TORCH burning bright for over nine years.  Congratulations to the honorees, Jack DeMartino, Educator, Gramercy Arts High School, DraftfCB, Advertising Agency, Ricardo Slater, TORCH Alumni and Mike Woods, Fox 5 news Meterologist.

We know times are tough but it doesn't mean we don't have the same responsibilities as when things are going great.  The youth of this country is our nations future, so it's up to us and  you  to see that we are exposing them to opportunities and situations that will grant them the experience and education they need and we need for them to prosper.

For more information on how to volunteer, hire a TORCH intern, join as a corporate partner or make a tax free donation go to http://www.thetorchprogram.org/.