BDPA Technology Programs are designed to leave a legacy by encouraging a love of technology. Throughout the year, local BDPA chapters conduct technology training programs for the youth in their communities. These programs are designed to expose our youth to the concepts of computers and give them the expertise to develop web applications. Chapters participate in regional competitions throughout the country to further prepare their students for the annual High School Computer Competition held at the National BDPA Conference.
"We know that not enough people are entering careers in Information Technology. BDPA is committed to finding creative ways to ensure that more students develop a love of technology and go on to pursue careers to become the IT professionals and innovators of tomorrow," said Yvette Graham, National BDPA President.
In a recent CRS (Congressional Research Service) Report for Congress, it was confirmed that we need to do even more to introduce our youth to technology and prepare them for technology careers.
There is growing concern that the United States is not preparing a sufficient number of students, teachers, and practitioners in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A large majority of secondary school students fail to reach proficiency in math and science, and many are taught by teachers lacking adequate subject matter knowledge.
When compared to other nations, the math and science achievement of U.S. pupils and the rate of STEM degree attainment appear inconsistent with a nation considered the world leader in scientific innovation. In a recent international assessment of 15-year-old students, the U.S. ranked 28th in math literacy and 24th in science literacy. Moreover, the U.S. ranks 20th among all nations in the proportion of 24-year-olds who earn degrees in natural science or engineering.
BDPA supports numerous programs targeting younger children, middle school and higher education to encourage young people's interest in careers in technology. These include High School Computer Camp, High School Computer Competition, National Conference Youth Technology Camp, College Scholars Program, College Student Intern Program, National Conference IT Showcase, Mentoring Programs, National BDPA Career Center and Talent Management System, College Student Program, HSCC Alumni Program, Black Family Technology Awareness Week (BFTAW), BDPA Information Technology Institute, BDPA IT Corps, National BDPA Technology Conference, and ITSMF Executive Protégé Program (EPP).
"BDPA Technology Programs have set a good example for our technology education. We need to encourage our students to learn about technology, not just how to use it but how to develop innovative technology solutions too" said Monique Berry, National BDPA President-Elect.
BDPA Technology Programs are supported by sponsor companies like Allstate Insurance, Eli Lilly, Freddie Mac, Johnson & Johnson, Mayo Clinic, Prudential and many others. Please see the BDPA Corporate Sponsor Directory for a full list of companies providing valuable resources and support. BDPA Corporate Sponsors provide equipment, facilities and financial support as well as employees who volunteer their time and share their passion for technology with parents and elementary students at schools and community venues.
For sponsorship opportunities contact the corporate sales team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on the BDPA Corporate Sponsorship Program..
Founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and the late David Wimberly, BDPA is a global member focused organization that serves the professional well-being of its stakeholders. BDPA remains committed to excellence and providing a wide spectrum of resources to members, corporate sponsors, businesses, educational institutions and the African American community. The organization is a catalyst for professional growth and technical development for those in the IT industry. With over 50 chapters across the United States, the BDPA is the premier organization for African Americans in technology.