September Directors Message
Thank you once again for taking the time to read our newsletter. I apologize that it’s been a so long since the last one, we’ve got a lot to tell you about including:
- TECO Energy matches Conn Memorial Foundation Grant
- Ad 2 Tampa Bay has selected Computer Mentors Group for public service campaign
- CMG launched Kids Code Program
- CMG installs three new Board Members
- CMG launches Speakers Bureau for TSL Program
- TSL Program modified to include phone, tablet, and game repair
TECO Energy Makes Match Grant
Well you can tell that we have a mouthful of good news but I’d first like to start off by saying thank you to TECO Energy, and also to Conn Memorial Foundation. Conn provided an opportunity back in June that would match any new or increased donation that we would receive. The opportunity had some time limits and we expressed that we were getting close to the end with no success the team of Jack Amor and Kim Estrada (and I’m sure there were more folks in the background) stepped up to the plate and agreed to make the entire match for us. This is unprecedented for us. Conn traditionally provides a match grant but we usually require several organizations to make up the entire match. This is the first time one donor will make the entire match.
Ad2 Tampa Bay Selects Computer Mentors Group
We also received other great news! Ad 2 Tampa Bay has selected us annual public service campaign. Ad 2 Tampa Bay is the local chapter of a national non-profit advertising company. Each chapter selects a local non-profit and they compete nationwide to see who can do the best campaign. The Tampa chapter has won two of the last three contests and were runners-up the third year.
This is a much needed boost for Computer Mentors Group. Ad 2 will help us promote the mission of encouraging youth to seek Information Technology careers and fill the gap in the technology workforce. It could not come at a better time as we’ve launched programs like Kids Code and Technology Technicians Training to start divers groups of youth along the path of IT employment.
CMG launches Kids Code Program
On the strength of a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Tampa, CMG will launch Kids Code, a program to teach middle school youth to write computer code. The program will run in East Tampa as a standalone after-school program in the Hillsborough County Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center. Recruitment for the program will concentrate on the four surrounding middle schools, Ferrel, Franklin, Orange Grove, and Young, but the program is open to any middle school aged child that wants to attend. The program was also pre-launched in a different flavor at two local charter schools, Legacy Preparatory Academy, and Harmon Hodge STEM School. The the kids are not only learning to code, but exercises are also tied in to the Common Core Standards so that they receive an educational boost as well as learning to code. The City of Tampa program begins recruitment on October 1st. Parents can sign up their youth for one of four weekly sessions, Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, or Thursday’s from 3:30pm to 5pm by going to the Computer Mentors website at www.computermentors.org and leaving a comment.
New CMG Board Members
Over the last two months CMG has installed three new board members. They are David Eason, Diane Drum. And Solomon Davis Jr. David Eason is the newest member joining earlier this month, and is the owner of Pario Solutions, a provider of telecommunications services. He joins Diane Drum, owner of Drum Associates, LLC, and FocalPoint Business Coaching, and Solomon Davis Jr, co-owner of Sol Davis Printing. All come to lend their talents to CMG and help us continue to grow.
CMG Launches Speaker Bureau
We launched Speakers Bureau this month for the TSL Program. Motivational speakers and life coaches are currently line-up to encourage the youth in the program. Our first speaker was Kevin Curry, owner of Titanium Entertainment. See the rest of his story on Facebook at (https://www.facebook.com/ComputerMentors/posts/864558553555357).
TSL Program Updated
Finally, we’ve completely upgraded our technicians training program, formerly called our Pre-A+ Certification Program. The new name is Technology Technicians Training. It now encompasses phone repair, tablet repair, and well as laptop and desktop repair. Both students and trainers are really enthusiastic about the program changes which make the program even more relevant.