Computer Mentors Group, Inc. (CMG) will host a 15 Year Anniversary Celebration luncheon on Oct. 30th. The event will be held at the TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, located at 4121 North 50th Street, Tampa, Florida 33610. Ticket price for the event is $75.
The organization was founded in 1997, with the unique mission of “Bridging the Digital Divide”. The current mission is to provide opportunities for educational and employment success through bridging the technology divide for populations without sufficient economic resources, especially as it relates to children and youth. CMG’s principal program is the STEM Corps High School Program, formerly known as the Computer Certification and Ownership Program. Through this program the organization has served over 1,100 youth, providing them with computers, training, and in many cases, Internet access for their homes. Today, 41 students are enrolled in this program which has the goal of enhancing the pool of Information Technology (IT) talent in the Tampa Bay area. Youth have an opportunity to learn the field of IT by providing technology service to local nonprofit organizations. Youth are mentored by IT professionals who share their skills by introducing the youth to the tools of the trade.
Reginald Roundtree, news anchor for 10 News (WTSP) will be the master of ceremony along with Veronica Blakely of V’s Voice Communications. We will have a keynote address from District 3 Hillsborough County Commissioner Lesley ‘Les’ Miller, Jr., another one of the many people instrumental in the organizations success. Music artist Henry Ashwood, Jr., a renowned saxophonist, will provide the entertainment. The theme of the event will be “Stepping Forward”. The event will feature a special presentation displaying the organization timeline from the beginning to “Stepping Forward” into the future. Also planned to be in attendance is Computer Mentors Group’s Rhodes Scholar alumni Garrett Johnson. Garrett is now the co-owner of SendHub, a nifty online service providing SMS messaging for group communications. SendHub has now added voice messaging and competes with the likes of Google Voice.
Currently Computer Mentors Group host the following programs: STEM Corps High School Program; The Florida Access / City Helps Program; and the Information Technology Forward Civic Justice Corps Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Education and Training Administration.