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Youth Robotics Team Mentors/Coaches

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Black Family Technology Awareness Association

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We are looking for volunteers interested in empowering youth through competitive robotics. Volunteers will meet weekly with children to assist them in designing and building robots for competition. You will be mentoring and coaching children aged 8-12 years old for the Lego robotics, 13-17 years old for the VEX robotics team.

Legos Coaches provide the children direction with problem solving, public speaking, computer programming, and robot building in the FIRST Robotics Lego League.

VEX robotics team volunteers will coach/mentor youth in robot building skills including use of gears, batteries, motors, sensors, computer programming, and trouble shooting. The mentors and coaches are guides but the children must develop their own team solution and project presentation.

Meetings Saturdays 12:30 to 2:30, and Tuesday evenings 6:00 to 7:30.

Volunteers can expect a time commitment of 3 hours on Saturday, and 2 hours on Thursdays. One Saturday and Thursday per month. Rotating weeks with other mentors for the duration of the school year. September 2019-April 2020. Computer science and robotics experience is not required. Training will be available by First Lego League and other coaches. This Opportunity is located at W.E.B. Dubois Leaning Center, KCMO

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About Black Family Technology Awareness Association


PO BOX 300166, KANSAS CITY, MO 64130, US

Mission Statement

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


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.

Children & Youth
Computers & Technology


Mon Jul 12, 2021 - Fri Oct 08, 2021
12:30 PM - 02:30 PM


W.E.B. Dubois Learning Center4510 LinwoodKansas City, MO 64128



  • STEM
  • Mentoring
  • People Skills
  • Youth Services


  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 20
  • 2-3 hours per week, at least 1 week per month
  • Coaches are encouraged to accompany team to competitions.

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