Our youth program builds on solid youth development principles, with an emphasis on those areas of development and program components that support youth STEM leadership. Our youth programs engage students in meaningful, instructional courses to help them develop their technological skillset and professional acumen, while encouraging higher education through insight and scholarship opportunities. Read more about each of the different programs below and submit the form at the bottom of the page to register.
The 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.
BDPA Indianapolis Chapter currently offers scholarships to qualified students studying technology related curricula at institutions of higher learning. The Association also sponsors scholarships to promote professionalism and the advancement of careers for technology professionals.
The National High School Computer Competition (HSCC) and Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES) are geared towards high school students to expose them to the realm of technology, present scholarship opportunities, and jumpstart their careers. Participating in SITES prepares students for competing in HSCC; during hour-long Saturday classes, students will become immersed in various development opportunities with an emphasis on technical exposure, guided coding courses, and professional development. SITES is now accepting registrations for the 2023 program.
The Mobile App Showcase allows student application developers the opportunity to participate in a competition that allows them to an opportunity to test their talents against others and develop a working, functional mobile application.
For more than 40 years, BDPA has enabled the upward mobility of African Americans and other minorities in the Information Technology (IT) and STEM fields. Through its 30+ local community chapters in major cities across the United States, BDPA has been at the forefront of promoting the minority agenda within the IT profession since 1975. BDPA has been a leader and pioneer in technology and STEM training for IT professionals and High School students since 1986.