Computer Mentors October '16 Newslatter
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October 2016 eNewsletter
You're Invited!

We are excited to announce the unveiling of the 2nd in our Legacy Video Series, honoring selected Hillsborough County leaders from the minority community.  This next video will honor the life and contributions of Doris Ross-Reddick, the first African American female to serve on the Hillsborough County School Board.

This unveiling will take place on Tuesday, October 25th at 3:30pm at the Robert W. Saunders Library located at 1505 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, Florida 33602.  The community is invited and encouraged to attend.

The video was produced in-part by students of Computer Mentors Group whom participate in the STEM Corps High School Program.  The students were mentored and led by professional photographer and videographer Kerrick Williams of Kerrick Williams Photography.  Kerrick and students were also assisted by author and storyteller Ersula Odom-McLemore through her company Sula Too LLC.

This video, along with the series, was made possible by a grant from Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.  The videos are also being made available to the Hillsborough County Public Libraries and to Hillsborough County Public Schools to assist with the African & African American Studies program.

Computer Mentors Group currently has 80 youth enrolled in Information Technology and video training as part of its STEM Corps High School Program. The program is a continuation of the Youth Computer Training program that CMG has successfully sustained for the last 19 years.  

We hope to see you in attendance next week.    Light refreshments will be served and since there is limited parking at the library, there will be additional at the Booker T. Washington Elementary School located next door at 1407 E. Estelle Street.

Please RSVP through Eventbrite using this link.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Computer Mentors has two awesome events coming that we are seeking sponsorship's for.  Both will occur in early 2017.  Please see descriptions below, and consider becoming a combo sponsor, sponsoring both events, and receiving a discount for doing so.  The events are certainly meant to be fundraisers, but our goal is to also make them FUN-raisers for you and your staff to participate.

Event 1 – 4th Annual Teen Business Challenge
The 4th Annual Teen Business Challenge is scheduled to occur on the week-end of February 18th and 19th 2017.  This is an opportunity that challenges teens to uplift themselves and engage the market through an inspiring entrepreneurship education experience of creation, competition and community.
Entrepreneurship is a viable alternative to predefined, traditional career tracks that may not suit all members of our community.  We see entrepreneurship education as a community solution that empowers members, especially our youth, with the skills and experiences they need to compete in a blossoming creative economy.

For this event, selected teens are placed on teams that compete through the week-end in various phases of creating a business.  In the final phase the teams will present their ideas to a live audience and a set of “Angel Investor” judges.  The team with the most points through the week-end will win the competition, but all youth will walk away a winner.

Click here for additional sponsorship information.

Event 2 – TOPGOLF Charity Event
On March 2, 2017, Computer Mentors will host its very first Top Golf Charity Event.  This is a fundraising event to support programming initiatives of Computer Mentors.  Proceeds from the event will provide technology tools and education to Tampa kids and teens as part of Computer Mentors' KidsCode and STEM Corps High School programs.

The event will feature a fun golf tournament-like entertainment event at Tampa’s Top Golf facility.  Though it’s a fundraiser, the emphasis of this event will be on FUN.  Food and a fun for everyone will be the order of the day in this afternoon event.

Sponsors are invited to participate by sponsoring the event, and also by allowing employees and/or associates participate.  There will be prizes and awards during the event.

Once again, please see this link for additional information about becoming a sponsor.

The Directors Message
Hello everyone,
Thank you again for taking the time to read our newsletter. This month I’ll be brief.  I want to send a special thank you to our latest supports, Triad Foundation and Best Buy Foundation.  Both are consistent partners in helping to provide the funding for our STEM Corps High School Program.  Both organizations have provided continuous funding for the past 10 and 7 years respectively.  Now that is GREAT news and we really appreciate them.  The STEM Corps High School Program is experiencing capacity enrollment with 80 active youth in five (5) locations throughout the county.

But here is the bad news.  We still have an open match grant opportunity from Conn Memorial Foundation and time is running out.  Conn will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $15,000 if funds are made available prior to the end of the year.  With the holiday season approaching, we are hoping to complete this match by the end of next month so that we are not competing with the holidays.

Please contact me directly via email for a support opportunity at
Ralph A. Smith
Thanks to our Sponsors!
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