The Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES) program falls under the STEM+ BDPA pillar. This program was created to expose our youth to the concepts of computers and give them the expertise to develop web applications. Throughout the year, local chapters conduct SITES training programs for the youth in their communities. There are currently four programs that fall under the SITES umbrella.
BDPA Motto: “Advancing Careers From The Classroom To The Boardroom.”
The S.I.T.E.S Program
Student Information Technology Education and Scholarships
High School Computer Competition (HSCC)
Youth Technology Camp (YTC)
Information Technology (IT) Showcase
The National BDPA Information Technology (IT) Showcase allows student presenters from educational institutions across the United States, to present and demonstrate their research. The presentations represent advanced computing and technical topics presented by college and high school students to an audience of corporate representatives, IT professionals, and students.
Mobile Application Showcase
This unique period has underscored the need for more qualified minority to be ready to meet the workforce needs of a hungry market. BDPA has refreshed our college focus and doubling down on energy to ensure student readiness. We have anchored our development and support for college students leveraging our C.A.R.E.S. framework (see below). This framework is the embodiment of new College Chapter efforts. We will prioritize HBCU’s given their high concentration of the target commitment. We will also partner with majority institutions seeking the support the BDPA community can uniquely enable.
Mentorship and Coaching Local communities available for sharing and growing through college chapters. Ability to leverage a national network of other black professional and leaders from various industries. Give back to community through training opportunities with local high and elementary schools.
Access to knowledge and Jobs. Access to training and certifications Sponsored participation at BDPA National Technology Conference and Diversity Career Fairs Access to BDPA Bi-weekly Tech and Career Talks.
Research and Thought Leaders. Mentorship and Coaching Local communities available for sharing and growing through college chapters. Ability to leverage a national network of other black professional and leaders from various industries. Give back to community through training opportunities with local high and elementary schools.
Experiential Learning. IT Research Showcase (Existing Program), Mobile App Showcase Program and Competition (Existing Program), Data Science and Analytics (Concept), and Cybersecurity (Concept).
BETF/BDPA awards over $100k annually to deserving students through corporate sponsorships and program awards.
Be part of a national movement and make a difference in the lives of African American information technology professionals as we work together to create the changes needed for diverse work environments and supportive communities.
So the next time someone asks, Where are the Blacks in Information Technology? Where are the Blacks In Technology? Where are Information Technology Thought Leaders? Where are the Blacks In STEM? Where are the Black Digital Leaders of the future? Tell them they are all in BDPA!