Tampa, FL, September 11, 2013: For the second time since her election to the Senate, Senator Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) has arranged for personal computers no longer needed by the Florida Senate to be rewarded to hard working students who successfully complete training hosted by the Tampa-based Computer Mentors Group (CMG).
“I’m truly happy that the Senate President agreed with my recommendation to donate these computers and laptops – all of which will be refurbished – to students wanting to succeed in the growing technology field,” said Senator Joyner. “These are the basic tools of their craft and without this generosity, the future for these students would be limited. Now, the sky’s the limit.”
The donation followed a move by the Senate to upgrade legislative staff’s personal computers, and 180 of the decommissioned machines are now on their way to the CMG office on Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Senator Joyner is an “Honors Board” member of CMG which was founded in 1997. The organization has a mission of providing opportunities for educational and employment success by bridging the technology divide for those without sufficient economic resources, especially as it relates to youth. The computers will be redistributed into the community through training programs hosted by CMG. A couple of training programs are being facilitated by participants of the IT Forward Civic Justice Corps (CJC) program. Students learning basic computer skills from the CJC facilitators receive a refurbished computer as their reward for completing the training. Partner organizations include The Salvation Army and The Centre (formerly the Center for Women).
To demonstrate their success, CJC students recently hosted a “Fix Your Computer for Free Day.” The event was so successful that the students will host a second “Fix Your Computer for Free Day” on September 29th. This time they will limit the repairs to the first 50 customers and will only be accepting computers between the hours 10am and 12Noon. Repaired computers will be available for pick up the following Friday.
The Senate-donated computers will also be used is in the CMG STEM Corps High School Program. STEM Corps students provide service to the community by completing technology projects for non-profit organizations. Students are mentored by professionals in the field and are rewarded for their efforts with incentives which include new laptop computers, iPads and other tablet computers, and games like Xbox and PS3’s. Students entering this program who do not have their own personal computer will be provided one. The next two enrollment orientations for high school aged students to enter the program are Sept. 16th and Sept. 24th. Recent projects completed by the students include websites, videos, and brochures. The students are currently completing their first phone app.
For more information on CMG programs, please visit the website at www.computermentors.org or call 813-241-4200.