Verizon announced on Oct. 3, 2023 its invitation to the public to share their individual stories about how they have impacted their communities for the better. This event is Verizon’s Tu Cultura Sweepstakes which runs from 12:00 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2023 through 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2023 as part of honoring Hispanic Heritage Month.
Verizon says the Tu Cultura Sweepstakes is open to legal United States residents 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry.
They also say, “Verizon is committed to spotlighting and supporting the Latino community today and every day. From efforts to help close the digital divide for students, to helping small businesses serving the Latino community achieve success in the digital economy, the company is committed to creating positive change in the communities it serves.”
Photos and videos can be shared on social media using the hashtags #SorteoTuCultura and #YourCultureSweepstakes. Four stories will be selected and featured on @Verizon Instagram and TikTok, and selected individuals will win a $1,000 cash grant to help them continue to make an impact on their local communities.
“Earlier this year, Verizon awarded 25 Hispanic small business owners with $10,000 grants in connection with the launch of new Spanish-language resources and Verizon’s ongoing efforts to help digitize and accelerate growth of small businesses across the country,” Verizon said.
The company also states that it is focused on helping small businesses achieve success in today’s digital economy, and in partnership with Next Street and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), these grants helped businesses to invest in upgrading their technology, advancing their marketing, or supporting operational costs such as employee wages, rent, and more.
Information provided by Verizon further mentions that through participation in Verizon Small Business Digital Ready (VSBDR), a free online learning portal created with and for small businesses, over 28,000 Hispanic small business owners have benefited through VSBDR courses (available in English and Spanish), mentorship, peer networking, 1:1 expert coaching, and incentives such as grant funding.
Verizon says that its Innovative Learning (VIL) program, which has operated for more than ten years, “has increased digital equity and inclusion for teachers and students nationwide.”
Currently, 48% of students in the VIL school program identify as Hispanic or Latino and many of the VIL HQ courses (a free education portal that makes innovative learning tools available to all) are offered in Spanish and English.
More information about the Verizon Tu Cultura Sweepstakes is available at: rules.dja.com/verizontuculturasweepstakes.