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July 2015 Director’s Message

July 2015 Director’s Message

Computer Mentors Group Director Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith

Hello again everyone,

Summer is more than half way over and it’s already time to start thinking about back-to-school.  We are very excited this year as we will be hosting our KidsCode Program at Sulphur Springs K-8 School and the YMCA in Sulphur Springs this school year.  This is being made possible by a generous grant from Citi, my former employer, and Conn Memorial Foundation.  Our technology friend and partner Connectwise is also involved and will be providing volunteer trainers to allow us to serve additional students.  We are proud to be a part of the initiative to lift the Sulphur Springs neighborhood..

Debby Kampert of Verizon surrounded by Florida Representative Edwin Narain and Florida Senator Arthenia Joyner along with students from KidsCode and STEM Coprs summer camps.

Debby Kampert of Verizon surrounded by Florida Representative Edwin Narain and Florida Senator Arthenia Joyner along with students from KidsCode and STEM Corps summer camps.

Special thanks to the Verizon Foundation for their recent grant targeted to fund the STEM Corps High School Program.  Verizon Foundation was one of the first financial partners of Computer Mentors Group and began supporting the organization in the year 2000.  They have been steady partners since that time which has allowed us to provide training for over 1,400 youth in our various high school programs.  The current program is designed to encourage youth to seek careers in Information Technology.  The youth learn the technology field by providing service to the community.  For instance, this year’s summer camp participants have adopted a nonprofit organization American Now.  The youth are producing a website, a video, and a phone app for America Now.

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Jeannie Bohn

Finally, I would like to introduce our new Program Director Jeannie Bohn.  Jeannie comes to us from Charlotte, NC where she was previously a Robotics/STEM Instructor at McClintock Middle School for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  We will gain Jeannie’s strengths in robotics and her experience in hosting championship robotics teams to enhance our school district partnerships.  As Program Director, Jeannie is responsible for both our STEM Corps High School and KidsCode Programs, which currently have enrollment exceeding 100 youth this summer.  Please help me welcome Jeannie to the team and family.

Ralph Smith

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