by Will Park

They may be students today. But in a few years, teens in the SIGGRAPH Pioneer Mentoring: Spend A Week At SIGGRAPH program will begin coming into their own as the next-generation of computer graphics artists.

The NVIDIA Foundation – which handles the company’s non-profit activities – is partnered with the Spend a Week at SIGGRAPH program to give minority and underrepresented high school students a full week’s exposure to the best of computer graphics and interactive techniques at SIGGRAPH 2011, which is taking place this week in Vancouver. To support these students, NVIDIA will be offering “cause bracelets” as part of a fundraiser for next year’s students.

SIGGRAPH attendees who donate at least $5 to support this unique cause will receive an NVIDIA cause bracelet. The NVIDIA Foundation will match every dollar donated by SIGGRAPH attendees.

The bracelets aren’t just stylish. They show your support for up-and-coming computer graphics professionals.

Donations will be accepted at all three NVIDIA booths (#453/655, #603 and #7) and at the NVIDIA Tech Talks (Monday, Aug. 8, in room 220).

For more information on the NVIDIA Foundation, visit www.nvidia.com/foundation.