November Directors Message
Hello Again Everyone,
Thank you for once again taking the time to read our E-Newsletter. Things are really getting exciting at Computer Mentors. We’ve had a couple of just absolutely awesome testimonials that I’ll share and also some great recognition and support by the community at large. We are all very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, but also very humbled by the faith entrusted in us to do what we can to improve our community.
In this issue you will tell you about a couple of new testimonials that we’ve received about the impact of these programs on some of the youth. I think that is important here to remind you that CMG serves all kids, without regard to race, income, religion, or anything else. Sometimes that means that youth whom have had a brush with the criminal justice system may find their way into our program. Depending on the offense, sometimes the staff is informed, and sometimes the staff is not informed. The fact is that we help improve self-esteem through mentoring students and through learning and achieving. Students learn about themselves as much as they learn about technology. It’s for this reason what we are able to bring you two great testimonies in this month’s edition of the newsletter.
Also, the community at large continues to recognize the great work, and great people of this organization. Recently Davis Harris, Program Director over STEM Corps High School Program and KidsCode, was recognized as a Tampa Bay Lightning Hero. Seventy of our board, staff, students, and friends were on hand on November 13th at the Lightning game to support David, and of course the Lightning, as he was recognized.
In addition to the Lightning recognition, we were also awarded a nation grant from the American Honda Foundation (AHF). We have to give kudo’s to Mike Floyd, the author of the grant, as we were selected as one of the top 10 of over 500 applications. But the best part about this grant opportunity was the local support that we received in order to help solidify the grant. AMF came to do a site visit as part of the final competition for the grant. During the site visit, many of our supporters including Bank of America, Conn Memorial Foundation, Triad Foundation, and even City Councilman Frank Reddick spoke on behalf of CMG in assistance. Triad Foundation even offered match dollars if the grant would be awarded which we know spoke volumes to AHF. Thank you all for that support that can only come as a part of real relationship and an unselfish desire to see this community prosper.
We also recently received additional funding from Verizon Foundation. The funding will be used to support the STEM Corps High School Program, and along with the AHF grant will allow us to house the program in multiple sites around Hillsborough County. Which all means that now is the best time ever to enroll youth in one of our programs. To meet the challenge from American Honda Foundation, we will double the enrollment for STEM Corps High School Program. At the same time, we are rolling out the middle school KidsCode Program, and are looking for partner organizations with youth that would like to host either or both of those programs.. Just send me a note via email at RSmith@computermentors.org to start the conversation.
Finally, I’d like to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. We at CMG have so much to be thankful about. Last week we were part of Operation Revelry, a local movement to re-house 50 homeless veterans. It certainly does help to get a perspective on life and make one thankful. It was great to be a part of it.