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June 2015 Director’s Message

June 2015 Director’s Message

Computer Mentors Group Director Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith

Hello everyone,

Thank you once again for taking the time to read our newsletter.  Can you believe it!  Here we are at the beginning of the summer and half of the year is already gone.  In this issue you’ll see that we have a huge amount of programming being offered to our youth for the summer.  And we have a great story about a current graduate, Kenneth Williams, who now is headed off to higher education.  We are very proud to have played a role in this young man’s promising future.  Please see his story here.

Wells Fargo logoBut right now please allow me highlight some awesome sponsors.   First we want to highlight Wells Fargo whom has once again agreed to partner with us by providing funding for the STEM Corps High School Program.  This is our primary program that provides youth the opportunity to earn industry standard certifications and technology for their homes by becoming resources for the community.  The youth earn the technology by completing technology projects for non-profit organizations that include websites, mobile apps, and videos.  This year our goal is to complete 20 non-profit projects.  Wells Fargo has continually supported this program by connecting us with volunteers and other agencies that can benefit from the services provided by the youth, and other youth serving agencies with youth whom can participate in the program.  This is the kind of relationship we are proud to be a part of because it goes so much deeper than the check.

citibankAnother sponsor of note for this issue is Citi, a longtime supporter.  I am proud to say that Citi as my former employer was the first organization to provide computer equipment to be distributed to the youth.  Citi has now provided a recent donation to support the KidsCode Program in Sulfur Springs, arguably Tampa’s poorest neighborhood.  We will match funds from Citi and Conn Memorial Foundation, and partner with the YMCA in Sulfur Springs to institute KidsCode.  KidsCode teaches computer programming in a fun and engaging way.  It is the fastest growing program for CMG and helps us meet our mission of bridging the technology divide by bridging the gap of coding talent for our area.

Finally I want tell you about the wrap-up of our pro-bono advertising campaign.  It has been simply AWESOME!!  As Ad2logo2has been the crew at the award winning Ad2 of Tampa Bay organization.  The campaign is scheduled to end soon with a very professional commercial which will run on the Bright House Bay News 9.  But just prior to that, we had a promo spot on WUSF, our local NPR affiliate that generated lots positive feedback and interest for our organization.  The Ad2 ad campaign was responsible for our new logo, our new website, our very first billboard, and now our second ever TV commercial.  We cannot say enough about the impact and professionalism of Ad2, and are very happy to have been chosen as the 2014-2015 ad campaign recipient.

Ralph Smith

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