As we wrap up the fiscal year 2011 for the TechPoint Foundation for Youth, I write you this morning to offer a very sincere thank you to all of you who volunteered, attended an event, made a gift, or perhaps cheered from the sidelines on the many tremendous things happening at the Foundation in 2011. Whew! It was terrific!
As a year in review, I could cite the name change, the new logo, the new tag line, the new website, the terrific new project we’re supporting, the fabulous new board members we’ve added to the team, the new board culture we’re building, and I could go on. I could cite every board member and each of the Orr fellows for all they have done to bring so many fresh ideas to reality.
But even more importantly, I write to ask you to reflect on why we’re all doing this.
My favorite quotation is “The purpose of life is life with a purpose.” I know what we’re doing, our purpose, is giving many youngsters a dream, a future, an opening – to find their life with a purpose. I know we truly are, as our tag line defines us, “Growing Indiana’s Future.” I know when we step back to reflect on life, I know what purpose each of us is serving and that tugs at my heart.
If you’ve had a chance to speak to any one of those New Tech High graduates going on to college, a dream they never held four years ago, a dream no one in their family has ever had before….if you’ve had a chance to see the sparkle in a young lady’s eye and the irrepressible enthusiasm as she describes the electrical component design or the complexity of the software systems for the winning robot….if you’ve known how much computing capacity that the Net Literacy kids have deployed to schools and not-for-profit agencies around the entire state….if you have, then you’ve been blessed in the thoughts that so many, many youngsters’ lives, their career paths, their entire future have been altered in new directions, changed forever by the things we’ve been bringing about. And that occurred because you helped and you cared.
As I’ve come to know some of you (and certainly hope to know more of you in the coming year), I know you are involved with the Foundation because you want to make a significant difference in the lives of even more numbers of youth and with the educational opportunities we can afford them. I really look forward to what we can accomplish in 2012 and beyond. Thank you for an incredible year, but it’s just the start of a fabulous journey for us.
Marvin E. Bailey
TechPoint Foundation For Youth
P.S. Be sure to check out the game animation for the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition, its simply amazing these youngsters will produce a human size robot to play this game in just 6 short weeks. More Indiana students will participate than ever before because of great folks like you! Thank you again.