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University of Illinois Extension 4-H Club members to visit U.S. Cellular headquarters for mentorship sessions with company's senior leadership

CHICAGO (Sept. 10, 2015)– As a part of its commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education across the county, U.S. Cellular will host youth from the University of Illinois Extension All 4-1 and 1-4 All and Falcon 4-H Clubs on Tuesday, Sept. 15 to complete 4-H National Youth Science Day experiments. Attendees from 4-H will learn about STEM career paths from U.S. Cellular executives including president and chief executive officer Kenneth Meyers, executive vice president and chief technology officer Michael Irizarry and senior vice president and chief human resources officer Deirdre Drake. 4-H members will also build National Youth Science Day science kits with U.S. Cellular associates as they take part in the world's largest youth-led science experiment.

"We are excited to participate in this year's National Youth Science Day to provide local 4-H members with mentorship and advice from leaders in our fast-paced technology field," said Meyers. "U.S. Cellular is dedicated to supporting STEM education initiatives, and we hope this event inspires students interested in pursuing rewarding careers in STEM fields to become our next generation workforce."

4-H National Youth Science Day is an interactive learning experience that engages thousands of kids in 4-H clubs across the country. This year, 4-H members will lead an experiment that explores the science of motion through the relationship of speed and stopping distance. The activity extends to real-world investigations on reaction time and safety, making connections to the dangers of distracted driving. The experiments that the youth complete at U.S. Cellular will then be featured along with other youth projects from around the country at the National Youth Science Day on Oct. 17 in Washington D.C.

"Meeting with U.S. Cellular leaders is such a great opportunity for our kids to see the different types of careers in STEM-related fields," said Marilu Andon, University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator. "Everyone is looking forward to our National Youth Science Day, so we are excited to see the outcomes of these fun experiments."

U.S. Cellular has a longstanding commitment to the community and education. Earlier this year the company donated $1.25 million to fund STEM programming at 4-H Clubs and Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.

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