Grupo Salinas and Azteca America Sponsor Fellows from the US-Mexico Jovenes en Accion Program to Attend Ciudad de las Ideas Thinkers' Forum in Puebla, Mexico

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MEXICO CITY, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grupo Salinas and Azteca America are proud to sponsor a delegation of fellows from the US-Mexico Jovenes en Accion program to attend Ciudad de las Ideas, a three-day thinkers' forum held in the city of Puebla, Nov. 10-12.

Now in its fourth year, Ciudad de las Ideas is a vanguard thinkers' forum that will feature this year presentations by Paul Krugman, Mark Spitz, Oliver Stone and Karla Wheelock, among many others.

Jovenes en Accion is a youth exchange program that develops leadership skills, fosters civic engagement, and supports Mexican public high school students in creating service projects to implement in their communities. The program was initiated in 2010 by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) with support from the private sector.

The scholarships are also open to other US State Department youth leadership development participants following a selection process where they are asked to post a short video or submit a photo accompanied by a 150-word word essay to the U.S. Embassy Facebook page. The deadline for entries is October 16, with winners determined through online voting and announced during the week of October 24. La Universidad de las Americas will provide housing for the students during the conference.

"Given the focus of bilateral leadership development of the Jovenes en Accion" program, we saw this group as a natural audience for Ciudad de las Ideas," said Luis J. Echarte, Chairman of Azteca America. "Our leaders of tomorrow do well to have contact with thought leaders of today. Ciudad de las Ideas embodies the spirit of innovation of Grupo Salinas."

About Grupo Salinas

Grupo Salinas ( ) is a group of dynamic, fast-growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating shareholder value, contributing to building the middle class of the countries where they operate, and improving society through excellence. Created by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas ( ), Grupo Salinas operates a as a management development and decision forum for the top leaders of member companies, Azteca ( ), Azteca America ( ), Grupo Elektra ( ), Banco Azteca ( ), Afore Azteca ( ), Seguros Azteca ( ), and Grupo Iusacell ( ). Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates independently, with its own management, board of directors and shareholders. Grupo Salinas has no equity holdings. However, member companies share a common vision, values and strategies for achieving rapid growth, superior results and world-class performance.

About Azteca America

Azteca America is the alternative choice in broadcast television for Spanish speaking families residing in the United States. Azteca America operates in 79 markets nationwide, and can also be seen on DIRECTV Mas Channel 441 (AZA 441) and DISH Network Channel 825. Wholly owned by Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca, S.A.B de C.V., Azteca America has access to the best programming from Azteca's three national networks, including a library with over 200,000 hours of original programming and news from local bureaus in 32 Mexican states. The network complements Mexican programming with an innovative line-up of shows from international producers and distributors to ensure the finest programming for Spanish-speaking viewers and unique advertising solutions for partners seeking to reach the most dynamic market in the country.

About Fundacion Azteca America

Fundacion Azteca America is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for members of the Hispanic community currently in the U.S. Fundacion Azteca America, Fundacion Azteca, Azteca America and Azteca are companies of Mexican conglomerate Grupo Salinas. For more information, visit .

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