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Chapter Community Service Project:

Youth Life Learning Center | Tech Support Assistance

Assistance Needed:

Tech support to connect all of the learning center computers to the main office server

Skills Required:

Windows 7 professional Installation on computers

• Antivirus Protection installation on computers and server

• Password Administration configuration for all computers

• Parental Control software installation and configurationServers

• Install and configure Active Directory services

• MS Office 2010 installation on computersNetwork

• IP Network configuration

• VPN Network installation and configuration

• Firewall Security installation and configurationPrinting

• Network Printing installation and configuration

Through sponsorship and volunteerism, the Middle Tennessee Chapter ofBDPA strives to develop and support programs in the community.  To this end, we have selected Youth Life Learning Center as our mostrecent community service project.

YLLC Mission:

The mission of Youth Life Learning Center (YLLC) is to nurture thechild, strengthen the family, and rebuild the community by aiding andsupporting the educational, moral and social development of at riskyouth.  The first Youth Life Learning Center in Nashville opened inJanuary 2001 to provide programs that would enable underprivilegedyouth to break the cycle of generational poverty by succeeding inschool.  There are currently have 5 sites serving students in Nashville and surrounding communities.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Kendall Norris - Middle Tennessee BDPA President - at




High School Computer Competition

The High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program provides an excellent environment where students have an opportunity to compete on an academic level, utilize their technical skills and display creative talent. They learn about various areas of Information Technology (IT), Industry standard programming skills in web page design, Active Server Pages (ASP), .NET and how to create and connect to databases.

The BDPA National High School Computer Competition, (HSCC), was founded in 1986 by Dr. Jesse Bemley, of Washington, D.C. What started as a two-team event between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Ga. has grown to near 30 teams of various high school students from chapters throughout the nation. It’s all designed to introduce our youth (entering 9th through 12th grades) to the field of Information Technology, encourage them to seek higher levels of education, and groom many of them to become our next generation of IT professionals.

Throughout the year, local chapters conduct 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. Each chapter is able to send a team of 3 to 5 students to the National Conference to compete against teams from chapters all over the country.

Once at the National Conference, students are able to attend Workshops and Seminars covering topics related to Personal Development, Academic Development, Youth Entrepreneurship and Information Technology.

They will be able to participate in activities including, Corporate Sponsored luncheons and receptions, visits to educational places in the hosting city (i.e. museums), and networking evenings with IT professionals and students from around the country. On top of all this, they get to showcase their talents in the National Competition which consists of a timed computerized written exam, oral questions, and the development of a web application per specifications. If they feel creative, they can also participate in a T-Shirt Design Competition.

In 2008, the Middle Tennessee BDPA chapter sent its first team of five students to compete at the National Conference. Since then we have competed in National Competitions in Atlanta, Raleigh, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

BDPA Middle Tennessee chapter will train 15 students in a three-track course curriculum. In the end, the top five students from Middle Tennessee will represent their area at the national competition. The curriculum is designed as building blocks to first provide a general introduction to computers and web design, then a more indepth training for qualifying students in web programming, and finally to prepare for national competition.

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