A bit about Matt

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Matt Lewis, Special Events Director for the Si Se Puede Foundation, stands in front of the presentation board for Community Team 17098 (“The Warriors”) during the State competition of the FIRST® LEGO League 
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  Robotics Tournament. The tournament was held at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Photo credit: Unknown, possibly Greg Lewis or by Keith Kagen Photography <https://kagenphotography.wixsite.com/photos>)

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Matthew A. Lewis E78861EC-FF1F-4F5A-B606-3719AA84B5F2most recently was working at Intel Corporation as a Manufacturing Technician with the Lithography Operations team. He was on-site at the Ocotillo campus in Chandler, Ariz. Before joining Intel, he was a contractor at Intel’s high-volume wafer production factory for about two years.

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Lewis has held a variety of other jobs before entering the semiconductor industry.

In addition to his work, he also cherishes his volunteer work with the Si Se Puede Foundation (SSPF); which is where he has served as Special Events Coordinator for the better part of a decade.

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His brother, Craig, was the first in the family to join the Si Se Puede Foundation Robotics Club. Later Greg, Lewis’s father, began volunteering and Matt would eventually follow suit as well.

Not long after he began volunteering, his role quickly evolved into something more.  Lewis was involved with several of SSPF’s programs, including the Youth Soccer League, the S.T.E.M. initiatives; and also the Scholar’s Programming. His talents did not go unnoticed, as he was asked to take on more and more responsibilities.

Lewis has always held a variety of interests; however, and from an early age, he loved to read and write; and was determined to become a published novelist of fiction.

In elementary school, he even a published book (as part of a school project; but still … Goal: Accomplished!).

Once he realized being an author was a tough and often not so lucrative career, he decided to look elsewhere. In high school, his English teacher liked his writing and suggested he join the school’s newspaper. It was during this time that his love of Journalism had been planted, and began blossoming.

His first major story to cause controversy (and a sense of pride in his wrok) was on the treatment of homosexual students at his school. He wrote the story with an introspective approach, first thinking about how he had been treating LGBTQIA+ students; and then how the school was.

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He framed the story using an anecdote about a young man who was killed simply because of his gay lifestyle.  The powerful imagery and the political and personal nature of the story struck a chord with readers, parents and administrators alike. Several students (or more than likely parents) complained about the subject matter addressed in the article. The entire staff and the school administration backed Lewis’s reporting. Another big story Lewis tackled (with a great sense of irony – I might add) was drug and steroid testing that began during his Senior year of high school. Lewis was on the golf team and after the article came out, he was “randomly” selected to be tested.

After high school, Lewis dove deep into the World of Journalism. He joined his college newspaper, majored in Journalism, took on several newspaper internships, and even served on the executive board of several professional development organizations.

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