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Black Family Technology Awareness Association

  • Kansas City, MO
  • www.bftaa.org

Mission Statement

Closing the digital divide by helping bridge the gap between our Nation's Black Families and technology.Serve as community ambassadors to increase awareness of and exposure to the potentials and opportunities for applied technology to benefit Black Families.

Main Programs

  1. Kansas City Youth Technology Fair
  2. BFTAA VEX Robotics Program
  3. Lego Robotics Club
  4. BFTAA Community Radio

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Service Areas

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Missouri

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2005

Self-reported

Mr. Lewis George Walker

Keywords

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STEM, Robotics, Digital Divide, Radio, BFTAA

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Also Known As

BFTAA

EIN

04-3826049

 Number

5657612998

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Engineering and Technology Research, Services (U40)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments 2014: February 8th. The Black Family Technology Awareness Association (BFTAA) held the 10th. annual Black Family Technology Awareness, African American S.T.E.M. Leader Awards. The event was held at the Holiday Inn CoCo Keys and included a buffet dinner and speakers. February 15th. Hosted the Kansas City Youth Technology Fair at the Southeast Community Center in Swope Park. Youth from the Greater Kansas City area participated in technology fair, and 26 VEX robotics teams from 3 states competed in the robotics competition.July 14-25, BFTAA held two week long STEM and Robotics camp in partnership with the Boys and Girls clubs at the John Thornberry Unity. Students worked on a variety of projects from bridge building, Lego Mindstorm, and VEX Robotics.October 25th. BFTAA held the first Kansas City Computer Olympics at the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center. The event was sponsored by Time Warner Cable and had approximately 50 students participating in challenges on computers in Mathematics, computer coding, and science. Goals for 2015: To host the 11th. Black Family Technology Awareness Week in Kansas City including the Youth Technology Fair, African American STEM Leaders Awards, and other event during the week.Develop summer camp curriculum that can be presented by others in particular college interns during the summer the will allow us to reach more youth.Launch the community radio station KUAW that we have an FCC construction permit for. We will develop a community radio station that will serve the residents in the permit area with a terrestrial signal and a online signal. We will also have student developed programing, and training in broadcasting at the station.We will work closer with local digital inclusion and community groups. We will increase attendance and participation with the Digital Inclusion Coalition, Linwood Corridor Coalition, and neighborhood associations.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Kansas City Youth Technology Fair

This is a competition for students of all interest, skill and ability levels in grades 1-12. Entrants must be residents of the Greater Kansas City area and enrolled full time in a public, charter, home or private school. Students of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to participate. The purpose of this competition is to encourage students to combine their imagination with the tools of technology (robotics, science, internet and personal computers) to create a vision of future technology.

Category

Science & Technology, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 2

BFTAA VEX Robotics Program

The BFTAA VEX robotics program was initiated in Summer 2009. It is based on the VEX robotics competition and Autodesk robotics curriculum and is a partnership between BFTAA, Career Communications Inc. and VEX Robotics. Through the partnership, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational programs based on robotics will be delivered. The initial target areas are the urban cores throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area with gradual inclusion of at-large markets in Missouri and Kansas. The primary program objective is to develop and support a group of VEX robotics teams in order to host the first VEX Robotics Competition in Kansas City during the 2010 Black Family Technology Awareness Week campaign. The long-term goal is to integrate a VEX Robotics program into the BFTAA - Youth Technology (YouTech) club and STEM Pipeline Allianceā„¢.

Category

Science & Technology, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 3

Lego Robotics Club

The Lego Robotics program will work with youth 3rd through 5th grade. This will allow us to start getting kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at a younger age. Children will learn basic computer coding structure and logical thinking along with team work, and project planning. The students will compete and be part of the First Lego League.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 4

BFTAA Community Radio

To start a low power radio station that will be operated and maintained by community high school and college students as well as members of the community served.To provide training that will allow students and adults the ability to work in the broadcast industry. To provide alternative news and new community programming .To make the radio station self sustaining in five years.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Funding Needs

Funding for Youth Technology Club programs VEX robotics, rocketry, and Computer CodingVolunteers with Legal and or Financial back groundsScience Kits that relate to technology i.e. Robotics, Computers, & Rocketry. $2,500.00FM Radio equipment purchase and Installation cost estimate $20,000.00Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Advisory board members

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Black Family Technology Awareness Association

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Principal Officer

Mr. Lewis George Walker

BIO

Lewis G. Walker is a graduate of DeVry University with a degree in Telecommunications Management. He had43yrs experience with SBC now AT&T 13 years as Sr. Network Manager. Mr. Walker has served on the board of directors of the W. E. B. Dubois Learning Center, and has served as Executive Vice President of the Community NETwork African American Telecommunications Professionals of AT&T. 2010 Mr. Walker was elected president Community NETwork AATPA, Kansas City Chapter and served in that position until retirement from AT&T. Mr. Walker has also served on the Community Advisory Board of the UMKC school of Computing and Engineering.

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BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Lewis George Walker

Retired

Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 2016

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