Black Family Technology Awareness Association
4510 Linwood
Kansas City MO 64128-2119
The Youngest host on KUAW radio
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 781-4050
Mission Statement

To ensure technological inclusion by enabling our black families and other communities to be active in promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) initiatives to increase knowledge, competitiveness and quality of everyday life.

Serve as community ambassadors to increase awareness of and exposure to the potentials and opportunities for applied technology to benefit Black Families.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Lewis George Walker
Board Chair Mr. Lewis George Walker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $24,000
Projected Expenses $22,000
Statements
Mission Statement

To ensure technological inclusion by enabling our black families and other communities to be active in promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) initiatives to increase knowledge, competitiveness and quality of everyday life.

Serve as community ambassadors to increase awareness of and exposure to the potentials and opportunities for applied technology to benefit Black Families.

Background Statement

In 2004, Community NETwork African American Telecommunications Professionals of SBC, W.E.B. Dubois Learning Center, and the Black Data Processing Associates started working on the Black Family Technology Awareness Campaign, one goal was to start a local recognition of Black Family Technology Awareness Week. Members from these groups formed the Black Family Technology Awareness Association (BFTAA).

The BFTAA incorporated in 2005 and has hosted 5 Black Family Technology Awareness Week events. We have established a successful Youth Technology Fair Program that has awarded over $25,000.00 in computer and technology prizes to more than 50 students in the greater Kansas City Area.

The BFTAA has partnered with groups and institutions to eliminate the digital divide including UMKC School of Computing & Engineering, The Learning Exchange, Penn Valley Community College, National Society of Black Engineers, and many corporate sponsors. We will continue to work on digital inclusion for all.

In 2010 BFTAA through our association with Career Communications Group we were introduced to the VEX Robotics program. The BFTAA began work to start VEX robotics teams in Kansas City. In 2011 the BFTAA held Kansas City's first VEX Robotics competition.

2012 Our Robotics program continues to grow. We have established Five VEX Robotics teams in Kansas City and have begun a partnership with Union Station Science City that we hope will help us grow the Robotics program and the Youth Technology Club. 

2014 The robotics program has grown to include Lego Robotics for youth 3rd through 5th grade and will be part of the 4H program. We are very excited for the opportunity to start a low power FM radio station for the Community.
 
2015 BFTAA began broadcasting on the internet to get training for the debut of our low power FM radio station. We have also added Lego robotics to our Youth Technology Club.   
Impact Statement
Accomplishments 2015: 
  1. On March 7th. The Black Family Technology Awareness Association (BFTAA) held the 11th annual Youth Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fair for students in the greater Kansas City Area. The event included technology demonstrations and hands on exhibits from University of Central Missouri, Science City, KC Public Library, Dr. H2O, UMKC Physics Department, and many other local organizations. There was a VEX Robotics competition with teams from around region, a Computer Olympics competition, and Science fair for students.
  2. The BFTAA robotics program expanded to include Lego robotics for youth 9 to 12 yrs. Old. This allows us to have robotics clubs for youth from 9 to 18 yrs. Old in Lego and VEX Robotics. The VEX Robotics team competed in four tournaments including a trip to Joplin, MO. The robotics team also setup public demonstrations around the city including the KC Maker Fair, and Youth day at the Mary Kelly Center.
  3. In December BFTAA started broadcasting as Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom (KUAW) community radio. The internet radio will serve as a training platform for the new community low power FM radio station. The station will broadcast community news, educational programs, community service programs, and local talent. This is a partnership project with the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center.
  4. Worked with Linwood Corridor to coordinate events and share programs. BFTAA participated in Halloween candy give away, and worked with YMCA Launch Pad students that visited the KUAW radio studio that we operate.
Goals for 2016:
  1. Expand our Youth Technology Club with the addition of computer coding and game production clubs.
  2. Complete the Low Power FM community radio station by installing antenna rower and broadcasting on 98.5 fm.
  3. Increase fundraising to support increases in programs and projects.
  4. We will form more partnerships in the community to introduce youth to technology and to have greater community input for the radio station.
Needs Statement
  • Funding for Youth Technology Club programs VEX robotics, rocketry, and Computer Coding
  • Volunteers with Legal and or Financial back grounds
  • Science Kits that relate to technology i.e. Robotics, Computers, & Rocketry. $2,500.00
  • FM Radio equipment purchase and Installation cost estimate $20,000.00
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Advisory board members
Service Categories
Engineering & Technology
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The Black Family Technology Awareness Association started from a combined effort on the part of three organizations. We have established the Black Family Technology Awareness Campaign in Kansas City through collaborations with many organizations, schools and corporations in the Kansas City Area including the Kansas City Public Library, UMKC School of Computing and Engineering, Benjamin Banneker Charter School, HCA Midwest Division, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and many others. We have in been recognized by Career Communications Group Inc as one of the premier Black Family Events in the country.
 
The BFTAA created the Kansas City Youth Technology Fair for students from 2nd through the 12th grades. The Technology Fair has attracted students from a large cross section of the greater Kansas City Area. 
 
The challenges facing BFTAA include board expansion, organizational performance and funding. We are in the process of building an organizational structure that will allow us to grow and serve more families. The board of directors is working to improve the board’s performance in order to better direct the membership, and focus on the goals of the organization. Since June of 2007, we have participated in capacity building conducted by the W. E. B. DuBois Learning Center. The Board of Directors have attended training in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning, and financial management. We are currently looking to add new board members from outside of our organization. Increasing and diversifying our funding streams to support planned programs is also an important focus during this time of expansion. We are working to improve our community fund raising by engaging our membership in a variety of fundraising projects.
 
I have found my work with the Black Family Technology Awareness Association to be personally rewarding in many ways. The most important thing for me is to see young people grow and get involved in science. It is also great to see young college students like the ones from the National Association of Black Engineers UMKC and KU chapters working with middle and high school students. We helped to make that happen with our VEX Robotics competitions. The KU chapter was so excited about the program that in 2012 they hosted a competition on the KU campus for our teams to come down and compete.
 
Our biggest challenge to date has been starting a low power FM community radio station. The radio station started in 2014 when we were awarded a FCC construction permit for the station. We have worked on the project for two and a half years and it is getting close to being a reality. I can't thank our volunteers, and supporter enough for all you have done to make this possible. thank you again very much.
Programs
Description 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 Engineering & Technology
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Students participating in the youth technology fair show a greater interest in technology and pride in their accomplishments. Students benefit from project based and personal interest learning.
Long-Term Success The students work on projects from October through January and learn how to follow instructions to complete their project. By participating in the Youth Technology Fair, students will learn how to do research and develop creative and critical thinking skills. They will get experience in public speaking and presentation. We also expect to improve their self confidence.
Program Success Monitored By Student’s projects are judged by a panel of judges from the community.
Examples of Program Success

The Kansas City youth Technology Fair celebrated 12 years of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in 2016. The program has developed into an event that the community looks forward to every year. Youth have been featured on news cast and the projects have reflected the changes in technology over the years. In 2005 the winning students displayed projects on super conductors and water cooled computers. We are now seeing projects on robotics and hoover craft trash collectors for the environment.

2013 participant Jaylen Lewis said “I want to go to a big college for four years for my masters and become an engineer.” Daniel Jackson second place essay winner in 2012 said that the essay question made her think harder than she knew she could, she is now a nursing student in St. Louis at Washington University. 

We have awarded over $31,000.00 in prizes to over 100 entrants during the past 12 years.

Description 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 Alliance™.
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Engineering & Technology
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success The robotics program will introduce students to a project-based learning system with emphasis on mathematics, CAD design and computer programming.  Students will also learn about teamwork.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal is to provide a pipeline of students willing and able to enter and successfully complete STEM programs at the collegiate level.
Program Success Monitored By We will use rubrics and assessments developed by the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy. Modifications will be made to adjust for an extra-curricular setting.
Examples of Program Success

The VEX Robotics program has grown from two robotics teams in 2009 to four teams and more organizations want to start team than we have resources to handle. We have hosted 5 robotics competitions in Kansas City with over 25 teams at each event. Robot teams have come from four states to compete and look forward to our events every year.

The robotics program partnered with the Kansas City Boys and Girls Clubs and hosted STEM and robotics summer camps at the Thornberry Club on 43rd. and Cleveland beginning in 2012 through 2014. Black Family Technology Awareness Association has also trained and helped host robotics as part of the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Dept. summer program in 2013 through 2015.

Description The Lego Robotics program will work with youth 3rd through 6th 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 Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success Start teams of students and complete the first season of robotics September through April and have 50% of the students and parents sign up for future classes.
Long-Term Success The goal of this program is to build self confidence and a desire to learn new things. We hope to encourage youth to pursue STEM related educational pathways.
Program Success Monitored By The program will be run in conformance with First Lego League program models. Surveys will be given to parents and students at the beginning and end of the robotics season. Attendance and student retention will also be recorded.
Examples of Program Success
The Lego robotics program enrolled 17 students in September 2016. The robotics program recruited two additional coaching assistants and competed in their first Lego tournament in November 2016. 
Description

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 Community Development, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success

By the end of the 18 month fcc construction period to have completed installation of radio equipment and started broadcasting. To have first class of student radio producers, and on air personalities from collaborations with the Boys and Girls Club, and Kansas City School district.

Long-Term Success

To have a FM community radio station that is recognized in the community it serves in 5 years. With 50% of daytime programing 8am to 5:00 created for and by youth in the listening area. To be a workforce development site for students and adults that would like to get into the broadcast field.

Program Success Monitored By Having a measurable and growth oriented rating level by Nielsen Audio will be a yearly measure.  We will also conduct neighborhood surveys through churches and community organizations on how we are meeting their needs.
Examples of Program Success
The program has gained the support of the Seven Oaks neighborhood association, and the W.E.B.Dubois Learning Center is providing space for the studio equipment. We have talked with and are getting positive feedback from the Mozilla Gigabit Hive organization.
In February 2016 the radio station received funding to install tower and antenna. In August 2016 zoning modification was approved to construct broadcast tower at building location. Thirteen locally produced shows are produced and broadcast over the internet. 
CEO Comments
The challenges that are facing our organization are recruiting and retaining good members to the organization. Developing a good organizational structure to take us into the next five years. We also need to develop our fundraising abilities.
We have started working on a strategic plan to help guide the organization through the challenges and we have made changes in the executive officers.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Lewis George Walker
Term Start Jan 2005
Experience 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.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 14
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Collaborations
The Black Family Technology Awareness Association works with many organizations including The Kansas City Public Library, National Society of Black Engineers, W. E. B. Dubois Learning Center, and Community NETwork African American Telecommunication professionals of AT&T, Google, Connecting for Good, KC Hive, and Benjamin Banneker Charter School of Technology. Working on our robotics program we have partnered with The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Union Station Science City, Kansas City Parks and Recreation and the Kansas City Stem Alliance.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Lewis George Walker
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Email lgwalker@sbcglobal.net
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Theresa Adair Sprint
Mr. Carles Miller Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co.
Ms. Jackie Ramey AT&T retired
Mr. Lewis George Walker Retired
Ms. Courtney Wells Hewlett-Packard Company
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 80%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
CEO Comments
The development of our board of directors continues, we have had some board training and will start looking for new board members that may have more experience in management to help the board as a whole.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $24,000
Projected Expenses $22,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$8,641$14,677$13,212
Administration Expense$1,010$917$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.190.90
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%94%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$6,167$5,929$2,894
Current Assets$6,167$5,929$2,894
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$6,167$5,929$2,894
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountKansas City STEM Alliance $1,500Time Warner Cable Shared Service Center $5,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBlue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City $1,000Community NETwork African American Telecommunications Professionals of AT&T $1,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountTime Warner Cable $6,167Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department $1,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
The Black Family Technology Awareness Association held a successful crowd funding campaign for the low power FM radio station. We plan to use the experience of the radio crowd funding campaign on other projects for the organization. We also have started making plans for a membership campaign to join BFTAA. Our goal is to increase giving through underwriting and sponsorship of the radio project and on air fund drives for the organization.
Organization Name Black Family Technology Awareness Association
Address 4510 Linwood
Kansas City, MO 641282119
Primary Phone (816) 781-4050
Contact Email bftaa@sbcglobal.net
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Lewis George Walker
Board Chair Mr. Lewis George Walker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 2005