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Computer Mentors December '16 Newsletter
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December 2016 eNewsletter
Happy Holidays!

Hello again all,

Thank you again for taking the time to read our newsletter.  Hopefully by now you are well underway with your holiday plans and are counting your blessings for 2016 as a new year approaches.  Certainly that is the case for Computer Mentors.  We are ending a banner year in which we have seen program growth in both of our major programs and in our ability to provide valuable service to the community.  


So while counting our blessings, I have to mention a couple of great sponsors that help make all of this possible.  First I want to send out a LARGE THANK YOU! to Suncoast Credit Union.  Suncoast Credit Union has been an important contributor for our Youth Program for the past eight (8) years in a row, and has once again come through with a great donation.  We are ecstatic with this year’s $25,000 grant to assist the STEM Corps High School Program.


Another long time supporter that we really appreciate is Hobbs Foundation.  Hobbs Foundation has made continuous donations to Computer Mentors since 2006, a full ten years.  In fact, Hobbs funds are used to purchase Internet access for our students that do not have it and incentives for our students to achieve goals such as industry standard certifications.  We are truly blessed to be able to count on Hobbs Foundation and Suncoast Credit Union as steady partners in the battle to “Bridge the Technology Divide”.

But the thing that we feel most blessed about is what we’ve been able to accomplish.  We enrolled 198 youth in the STEM Corps High School Program this year and currently have 113 active students.  At one point in the year, we had 120 active students enrolled.  Of those enrolled, they received 49 industry standard certifications, completed 12 community Technology Projects, and one student received an internship from Lucayan Technology Solutions LLC.  These are numbers that we will continue to work on in 2017.

For the KidsCode Program we have similar enrollment results.  In 2016 we enrolled 559 youth in the program.  This accounts for both grant funded program and earned income programs.  All enrolled youth were taught the basics of computer programming.  These students completed 788 programming projects or exercises which included creating animations, storytelling, and creating games.  All youth were either late elementary or middle school age, and we expect quite a few to feed into our high school program as they move up in age.

This was an absolutely banner year with a grand total of 757 youth receiving service this year.  We have all of our wonderful sponsors and supporters to thank for this achievement.

Best regards,

Ralph Smith
Programming Updates for 2017
 

Computer Mentors is ringing in 2017 on an exciting note with program expansion and updates to allow us to serve more youth in our community and to keep our students on the cutting edge of technology!
 
KidsCode: CMG is adding even more code-based learning for our middle schoolers through Code Combat, a learning platform that enables kids to learn Python coding basics while playing a highly engaging game.  We also anticipate adding locations to our roster, including offering more sessions in the Wimauma area.
 
TeenTech:  In the tradition of "out with the old, in with the new," we are phasing out STEM Corps High School Program and transitioning to our new high school flagship program, TeenTech, in January 2017.  Students will continue to earn technology and gadgets, but the focus will be shifted to preparing our students toward obtaining Microsoft Technology Associate certifications (including HTML5/CSS and Developer certifications), which will give them more transferable skills and allow them to boost their resumes as they move on to college or enter the workforce.  
 
We at Computer Mentors are grateful for your continued support, and we look forward to an awesome 2017!

Please enjoy the video referencing the new TeenTech program..
2017 Teen Business Challenge

Don’t forget to get your youth enrolled in the 4th Annual Teen Business Challenge event.  This year’s event will feature the teens creating a small app to go with their business idea.  All participants will receive a Windows 10 tablet computer with keyboard and each member of the winning team will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with keyboard, a more than $1,000 value.

Volunteers and students are encouraged to register at computermentors.org/tbc2017.  There are still lots of volunteer opportunities as well as openings for youth.  Deadline to enroll is Feb. 1, 2017.
Thanks to our Sponsors!
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