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BDPA Los Angeles Chapter, founded in June 1982, is our strongest chapter in the western region of the country.   Please share any information or questions that you have about BDPA LA chapter program or services in this area of our groupsite.

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BDPA Los Angeles chapter, founded in June 1982, is the 17th largest chapter in the nation. The chapter decided that the theme of their work in the first quarter of 2008 is Software Development: Career Track and Its Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Role'. The first topic for this quarterly theme is The Agile Development Methodology. Agile software development is a conceptual framework for software engineering that promotes development iterations throughout the life-cycle of the project.

Our guest presenter is John Malonson, Raytheon Corporation, Project Manager/Information Architect (Business Applications Solutions). John has many years of software development experience, including several methodologies. He has a broad technical background and teaching experience. Whatever your discipline may be, analysis, testing, development, networks, etc., you can expect to leave this meeting with nuggets of information that can be used throughout all phases of the project development life cycle.

The logistics for the meeting are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall Community Meeting Room Corner of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King Blvd (First floor, near Sears, adjacent to the Police Office)

Be sure not to miss this one as BDPA Los Angeles is putting together building blocks of training that will equip you for continued professional success.

As a bonus, this will be an opportuity to honor John Malonson as the 2007 Volunteer of the Year for the BDPA Los Angeles chapter. John untiringly gave countless hours as the coordinator of the High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program last year. He also was elected to serve as the chapter's president-elect, scheduled to become chapter president in 2009. What better way to start off the new year than with him as guest speaker for the program meeting on Tuesday, January 15.
BDPA Los Angeles chapter is the largest chapter in the western region of the country. One strategy used by the chapter to grow itself is a strong professional development program. Chapter president Andree Justin will address the State of the Chapter on Tuesday, February 12. She will share the outcome of the 1st Quarter National BDPA Board of Directors meeting that she attended earlier this month in Houston, TX.

Andree Justin is not only the BDPA Los Angeles chapter president ... she is also a certified project manager with extensive experience in software development projects in a variety of industries. The second part of the Feb 2008 program meeting will focus on another methodology to deposit in your knowledge tool kit - Methodology of Business Transformation (MBT). Do not miss out on this event. The chapter is focused on bringing you information that is useful to all Information Technology disciplines. Come see what MBT nuggets you as a business/systems analyst, tester, data specialist, developer, systems engineer/architect can take a way from this meeting.

Here are the logistics for the meeting:

When: Tuesday, February 12, 6:30PM
Phone: (818) 266-9147

Westminister Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
2230 West Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Do you have any thoughts or questions about MBT or BDPA Los Angeles that you want to share?

What it means to be a PMP!

Come and learn about what it takes and what it means and what it takes to be a CERTIFIED Project Management Professional.

When:

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

1-2pm

Where: 
Tom Bradley Youth & Family Center
http://www.google.com/search?q=tom+bradley+youth+and+family+center

5213 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 692-0669

RSVP: rsvp@bdpala.org

About our Speaker:

Andree Justin is the Los Angeles Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA-LA) Chapter Immediate Past President and Corporate Advisory Council Chairperson.   Andree is a certified project manager with extensive experience in software development projects in a variety of industries and functional areas.  Her background is extensive with experience managing business analysts, developers, testers and technical writers.  Her projects resume include enterprise architecture, telecommunications, marketing, data warehousing, web applications, manufacturing, systems migration, systems integration and systems re-engineering.  You name it and she probably has done it.  Currently, consulting as a program manager, she is often called to lead high visibility projects.  Her vast knowledge always guides her to successful implementations.  Her corporate and community leadership skills have been shared with our chapter as she has been an instrument of change for BDPA-LA during her previous tenure as chapter president.

There are young people from all over the country preparing to compete in the 2009 national BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) to be held in Raleigh NC. I thought it would be enlightening for all of us to hear from the voice of one of those students. Here is testimonial from Angela Bell, an experienced HSCC student in our Los Angeles chapter:

The 2008 National BDPA Technology Conference was an event that will remain in the back of our minds for years to come. It was held at the Hyatt regency Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. All twenty-three teams arrived determined and hungry for college scholarships.

The Los Angeles chapter team consisted of five very skilled and talented individuals; Tyrone Hinderson, Candace Wade, Terrell Allen, Evan Angcos, and myself (Angela Bell -team captain). The team arrived with first place in mind. We wanted to redeem ourselves from the 8th place loss in 2007.


[L-R: Candace Wade, Kelly Hill(chaperone), Tyrone Hinderson, Evan Angcos, Clyde Hill (chaperone), John Malonson (coordinator), Angela Bell, TBD and TBD]
The first event was a Round Robin. In this event each team was seated at a table and had a stack of cards in front of them with questions on BDPA history, HSCC history, general computer history and programming language. There was a facilitator who asked each team a question and that team had 15 seconds to answer it. Our team did very well answering 100% of the questions correct. After this event our spirits were high and we believed that we had a chance to blow Southern Minnesota (2007 winner) out of the water.

Moving on to the second event, which was an individual Quiz Factory test. Quiz Factory is a test that contains multiple choice, fill in the blank and short answer questions on BDPA history, HSCC history, computer history, computer knowledge, and programming language. In this event, each individual person from every team would be placed in a room and use the Quiz Factory program on a computer to complete the test. The test is 15 minutes long and has well over 400 questions on it. We did well in this portion of the competition with each team member answering between 150 and 400 of the questions correctly.

Moving on to the last, the longest, and the most important part of the competition, building a dynamic web application from business case requirements. In this portion of the competition, each of the teams are in a banquet hall with one computer per team. Each team was given identical prompts containing specific content for a web page and were to create a working page with all of the given information. Our team felt prepared for this because we had practiced numerous times on completing a similar task. We pushed through a few snags but ultimately completed the application. We presented our solution and believed that we did well enough to be placed in the top 5.

During the closing ceremonies, we arrived and were all anxious to hear of our victory. The top 5 teams were announced and we were all shocked. We couldn't believe that our chapter was not called. We went into the hallway and saw that we received 13th place and at that moment our hearts sank. We vowed to place in the top 5 for the 2009 competition and this year’s team is determined to make that dream come true.

We train over 800 students each year. We need our supporters to help us raise the funds necessary to work with students like Angela. Won't you make a secure online donation today?

I'm seeking volunteers willing to research and assist in application process that would make BETF a 'partner agency' with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.  Endgame is either (a) BETF becomes a 'partner agency' or (b) BETF is turned down by UW as a 'partner agency'.

Time commitment is less than five hours PER MONTH.   About an hour a week.  Care to give it a shot?  Just get with me by reply email or phone (513.284-4968).

Wayne Hicks, Executive Director
BDPA Education & Technology Fdn
v: 513.284-4968   f: 202.318-2194
http://betf.blogspot.com

BDPA Los Angeles was the first BDPA chapter located in the pacific time zone when it was founded in 1986. BDPA Los Angeles chapter trivia:
My mom (Liz Hicks) served as BDPA Los Angeles chapter president in 1993-1994. A few years later I served as president of BDPA Cincinnati chapter (1999-2001). We were the only relatives to serve as BDPA president until a few years later when the Roberts' sisters (Monique/Seattle and Jovan/Detroit) duplicated the feat!
Our Los Angeles chapter hosted national BDPA technology conferences in 1989 ('Ideas in the Making') and 2006 ('Picturing the Future of Information Technology').

The chapter has never won the national high school computer competition (HSCC), however, they have had very positive impact on HSCC alumni such as Clyde Hill (2003-2005), Kelly Hill (2001-2003) and Joshua Roy (2004)

I would love to make a connection with other HSCC alumni from our Los Angeles chapter. Where are they now?

Past BDPA Los Angeles chapter president Robert Riddick (shown in photo) served as the national parliamentarian and a member of the BETF Board of Directors for many years. It would be great if we could hear from each of the past BDPA Los Angeles chapter presidents:
Where Are They Now?
BDPA Los Angeles is the 17th largest chapter in the nation. This is one of our few chapters on the west coast of the nation. It is important for BDPA that we have a strong and vibrant chapter in Southern California.

As such, it encouraged me to read the following message from BDPA Los Angeles chapter president John Malonson to his chapter stakeholders:

Greetings BDPA Los Angeles,

Due to our nation's economic situation, 2009 has been a very challenging year for many of our members and their families. We are reminded that it's not necessarily "what you know" but "who you know" that may link you to your next opportunity.

This cliche still rings true today; however, the game has evolved and new tools have emerged to connect people with one another. Whether you are gainfully employed or searching for opportunities, be sure to take advantage of this month's Social Networking workshop. I look forward to seeing you at our next event!

  1. September 19, 11:30am - 1:00pm PT: Social Networking for the 21st Century - This month, we will show you how companies and enterprising individuals are networking in the 21st century. Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP for this event today.
  2. Where's your Resume?: If you have not done so, now is also the time to make sure employers can find you in our BDPA resume database.
  3. Membership and its Benefits - We are currently the 17th largest chapter in the nation with aspirations of being THE LARGEST CHAPTER. In addition to chapter programs, your dues directly support our most important community service component ... the High School Computer Competition program ... which trains up to 30 students annually. I encourage you to join or renew your membership in BDPA so that you can lay claim to these excellent membership benefits.

Feel free to contact me directly should you have any questions or feedback. My line is always open.

Regards,
John C. Malonson III, President
BDPA Los Angeles Chapter
Phone: (562) 726-2677



Next step is yours ... please take a moment to respond to the message using the POST A COMMENT option below.
BDPA Los Angeles is the 12th largest chapter in the nation. They recently created a Facebook Cause in order to reach out for support in that popular social network. We are pleased to share this month's message from BDPA Los Angeles chapter president John Malonson with his chapter's stakeholders:

Greetings BDPA LA family,

I'd like you to take a moment and think about all of the professional skills and abilities that you personally have to offer...

Done?

When was the last time you shared these talents outside of the workplace?

Each year, BDPA Los Angeles helps 15-25 students improve math, computer science and information technology skills through the High School Computer Competition program. Our vision is to increase academic excellence by taking our students from "The Classroom to the Boardroom."

Every year for the past twenty years, BDPA Los Angeles sends its five top students to represent the LA chapter at the annual National BDPA Technology Conferences across the nation.

Our High School Computer Competition Program (HSCC) curriculum includes:
  • Relational Database Management & Design (MySQL)
  • Web Application Development (HTML, CSS, PHP)
  • Computer Science 101 (Software & Hardware)
  • Analytically Solving Real-World Business Cases
  • The Art of Presenting
  • Time Management
  • Team Dynamics and the Importance of Team Work

Help us combat disinterest in Math & Science by supporting our cause. Our organization is entirely volunteer based and relies on the continued support of our members and partners.

Whether it's working on behalf of shaping our future young leaders or educating your peers in new technology, BDPA Los Angeles provides a variety of opportunities for you to give back to your community. If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our next event!

- John Malonson, president
BDPA Los Angeles chapter
president@bdpala.org


What are your thoughts about John's message this month? Is your chapter president engaging in this type of open dialogue on monthly basis as well?
I have a special place in my heart for the BDPA Los Angeles chapter. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and my mom, Liz Hicks, is a past president of the chapter. As such, I am pleased that the chapter is now being led by John Malonson . He represents the new generation of BDPA leadership. I look for great things from John and his leadership team on the west coast.

He was kind enough to participate in our Take Five interview series.

  1. How did you get involved in working with BDPA? - In 2003, I began looking for an African American organization with a focus on Information Technology. Needless to say, my journey started with Google. After being pointed in the right direction, I've been a member of BDPA ever since. It was never my intention to sit back and be a passive member. I knew the value that I brought to the table and welcomed the opportunity to give back to my community. Before assuming the role of President, I actively got involved with my local chapter by serving as the HSCC Coordinator/Instructor from 2003-2008.
  2. What is the most rewarding aspect of working with BDPA? - The most rewarding aspect of working with BDPA is being able to bear witness to lives made better via access to information and technology.
  3. Tell us about a defining moment in your life? - A definitive moment in my life was my freshman year in college at UCLA. The year was 1995 and this thing called the "Internet" was moving fast and freely (via T1 connections) on college campuses while the rest of world moved sluggishly at 28.8k speed. Most people assume that I majored in Computer Science or Engineering; however, I actually majored in Psychology. After having access to all the world's information in an instant at my fingertips, I immediately knew which direction my career would take and I haven't looked back since.
  4. Who is your hero and why? - I honestly don't have a lone hero or one person that I look up to. I'd have to say that my heroes are those that came before me; both sung and unsung. It is because of them that I can hold my head high, befriend almost anyone of my choosing, and have access to all the opportunities that life has to offer.
  5. Any advice for people considering donation to BETF? - I'd like those considering donation to BETF to view it as an "investment" in our young leaders. If you need to check the ROI of your investment, the testimonies are there for public viewing. Although I've volunteered thousands of hours during my tenure with BDPA Los Angeles, I donate.


BDPA Los Angeles chapter is aggressively marketing itself via a variety of social networks that include Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn Network.

What did you learn from John's interview? Please share some BDPA-Love with John as a response to this post!
BDPA's success in the 21st century will be determined by a new generation of leaders. We need to find new ways to reach out to members, IT professionals, students, entrepreneurs, executives and sponsors. One of the new generation of leaders is BDPA Los Angeles chapter president John Malonson. We thought you would like to learn more about this powerful young brother!

Name: John Malonson (Raytheon)
President, BDPA Los Angeles Chapter

Address: 6709 La Tijera Blvd, #501Los Angeles, CA 90045

Phone: (562) 726-2677

Website: http://www.bdpala.org/ or Facebook or Twitter.

Newsletter: BDPAtoday Los Angeles (September 2008). You can sign up to receive the 2010 chapter newsletter here.

Professional Background - John is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is currently a Business Partner Lead for one of the nation's largest Department of Defense contractors. During his seven years at his current employer, John has made the transition from Web Application Developer to Project Manager to Portfolio Manager to Business Partner Lead (Strategic Planner).

"I'm thankful to work for a company that values diversity of all forms and offers numerous opportunities to those who take risks and welcome new challenges."
BDPA Los Angeles Vision - John became president of the Los Angeles chapter in January 2009. He describes himself as being a huge technophile. His primary goal for the BDPA Los Angeles chapter is to be the FIRST organization that comes to mind regarding African Americans and anything Information Technology related (professional development, networking, current trends in tech, IT job placement).
"2010 is upon us, it's inexcusable to be ignorant on any given subject for more than half an hour!"
Education - John holds a BA in Psychology with a specialization in Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
"Growing up, I never knew anyone that attended a major four-year institution. Unbeknownst to me during my college years, I became a role model to my younger brother and cousins."
Teamwork - John believes that behind every great leader is a great team. If you are interested in joining the BDPA Los Angeles Leadership Team, please contact John directly by email or phone (562.726-2677).
"Volunteer Leadership has got to be one of the most challenging opportunities for anyone. I'm thankful for the above and beyond dedication that my team possesses and I am always looking for new leaders to welcome to our team!"


BDPA Los Angeles enters the new year in a strong position as the 12th largest chapter in the nation. The sky is the limit for this chapter under the leadership of a powerful nubian -- John Malonson. I hope that you will take a moment to share some 'BDPA-Love' with John in the COMMENTS section!
Happy New Year and New Decade!

If your new year resolutions involve transitioning into a career in IT, lending your talents, networking with others, or simply learning more about the changing IT marketplace, I encourage you to join us during our monthly sessions.

Last month, BDPA Los Angeles (BDPA-LA) held its Annual Holiday Awards Luncheon . Members came from as far away as Las Vegas, the Inland Empire and even Washington D.C. to participate in the gathering.

Fellowship was great as members relaxed and enjoyed sharing stories and updating one another on past events of the year.

The 2009 High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team was acknowledged for their commitment to the HSCC Program and their participation at the national BDPA Technology Conference HSCC Competition. For the second consecutive year Beverly Allen, 2010 HSCC Coordinator, received the BDPA-LA Volunteer of the Year Award.

On January 16th, we will be hosting "2010: The Year Ahead" to share the BDPA-LA Vision and Goals for the year.

This is also an excellent opportunity for you to share your thoughts and help us shape the organization to reflect your needs. Did you know that you could volunteer your time in exchange for a free day-pass to Disneyland?

Join us at this month's event to learn more. I look forward to seeing and hearing from you all!

John Malonson, president
BDPA Los Angeles Chapter

BDPA Los Angeles (BDPA-LA) held their Annual Holiday Awards Luncheon on December 12, 2009.  It was exciting as members came from Las Vegas, the Inland Empire and an HSCC alumni from Howard University to participate in the gathering.  The fellowship was great as members relaxed and enjoyed sharing stories and updating one another on past events of the year.  The 2009 HSCC team was acknowledged for their commitment to the HSCC Program and their participation at the BDPA Technology Conference HSCC Competition.  For the second consecutive year Beverly Allen, 2010 HSCC Coordinator, received the BDPA-LA Volunteer of the Year Award. 

The BDPA-LA Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) held their quarterly meeting on Friday, December 11, 2009.  Teksystems received the 2009 Corporate Partner Award for their commitment to BDPA-LA membership, leadership development and Monthly Program Meeting participation.  Teksystems has been a consistent partner for two consecutive years. 

Photos from both events --> http://www.flickr.com/photos/35875492@N08/

Harvetta Kashka is a long-time BDPA member. She was a key volunteer on a number of national conference teams as well as a part of the original financial team for the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF). She has spent the past few months helping create the SITES Endowment Fund within BETF.

She agreed to participate in our Take Five interview series :

  1. How did you get involved in working with BDPA? - A BDPA Los Angeles meeting announcement was placed on the company bulletin board; since I was looking to do volunteer work, I went to the meeting. I worked in downtown Los Angeles, and the meeting was held at one of the downtown businesses. The memorable thing about my first meeting was the number of people in attendance, especially Blacks in IT. Historically, I had found myself to be the only Black IT person attending many IT training classes and conferences.

    I felt that I could contribute to the organization, so I joined the LA Chapter in 1983. I went on to be the LA Chapter Treasurer in the 1983 election (since I had a BS degree in Accounting); and I helped the chapter with the National BDPA Conference held in LA in 1984. You might say, the rest is history as I later served as National BDPA Finance Chair, National BDPA Conference Finance Chair, and was on the BDPA Team that formed the BETF, and served for a number of years as the BETF Treasurer.
  2. What is the most rewarding aspect of working with BDPA? - Since I was a project manager when I joined BDPA-LA, I was able to be a resource to others looking for IT jobs. It was very rewarding to reach out and help other Blacks in IT. In BDPA, I really learned the true meaning of networking. Over the years, I have made friends from coast-to-coast and border-to-border. Some of my closest and life-long friends, I met through BDPA. Being a member of the financial BDPA team, it was especially rewarding to be able to acquire funding for the high school computer competition (HSCC) teams. Words can not express how rewarding it is to see all the youth that attend the National BDPA HSCC championships each year.
  3. Tell us about a defining moment in your life? - During the 20+ years I was an active member of BDPA, it is difficult to find a single defining moment. However, I have developed friendships with people in BDPA that have been with me through thick and thin.
  4. Who is your hero and why? - I have 2 heroes in BDPA, Earl Pace and Gerri McClamy. I’m just in awe, when I think of the vision Earl had to create an organization like BDPA during a time when Blacks in IT were few and far between. Earl is a gentle giant, and has always offered his professional expertise to BDPA Chapters, National office, and the BETF.

    Many in BDPA are not aware of the contributions Gerri made to the National BDPA Conference. As a member of her conference team for 5 years, Gerri introduced BDPA to national companies that had previously shunned the organization, and obtained their support.
  5. Any advice for people considering donation to BETF? - With the advent of H1-B visas and international outsourcing, Blacks in IT lost a lot of ground in corporate IT shops. BDPA and BETF have been instrumental in keeping our plight in front of the lawmakers and corporations. During these hard economic times, it is very important to help fund the programs that support Blacks in IT. Since BETF is the 501(c)3 charitable arm of BDPA, it makes good business sense to donate to BETF, by whatever means possible. For the baby boom generation who are nearing retirement, think about leaving a charitable donation to BETF in your “will”.


Harvetta's interview reminded me of some of the great times in BDPA. I hope you enjoyed her interview just as much as I did!
BDPA Los Angeles High School Computer Competition (HSCC) students Terrell Allen and Tyrone Hinderson Jr. were each awarded about $1,500 in scholarship funding from Oracle Corporation to pursue degrees in the fields of science and technology.

Terrell plans to pursue a degree in Engineering and Computer Science at Morehouse College while Tyrone plans to pursue a degree in Biology and Computer Science (school undecided).

You can learn more about the HSCC program in Los Angeles here.
Everything rises and falls on leadership. That is the story of most nonprofit organizations. BDPA Los Angeles chapter is blessed to have some great leaders on their board of directors. The newest member of the BDPA Los Angeles chapter board of directors is David Malonson. He recently accepted the responsibility of being the Vice President of Finance (VPF) for the chapter.

Professional Background: David Malonson is the Corporate Budget Manager/Lead Senior Financial Analyst in the Healthcare Sector. He has the innate ability to perform complicated financial analysis tasks and communicate Financial Market news in plain English. David worked directly with his CFO to reduce year-over-year corporate expenditures by $10.2 Million and strengthened the company's cash position.
"I'm grateful to work for a company that allows me to showcase my financial skills and trusts my decision making," said David.
David's Vision for BDPA Los Angeles: David sees an enormous amount of brain trust within BDPA LA and is looking forward to enhancing its finances. A strong balance sheet is the backbone of a strong organization, and David sees an opportunity for BDPA LA to reach out to and leverage collegiate networks in the Greater Los Angeles community.

Education: David attended The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and received a degree in Economics. He was also a Varsity athlete, and utilizes his competitive skills in a positive way to drive performance on a daily basis.

Motto: Make Winning a Habit
I encourage all BETF-Blog readers to congratulate David on his new leadership position!
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) provides funding for programs that advance its members in the IT industry from the classroom to the boardroom. Advancement comes from relationships and volunteer efforts taking place in 45 chapter cities around the country.

Sometimes we aren't sure if our efforts are making a difference. At those times of uncertainty ... it feels good to read a message like this one from the parent of Tyrone Hinderson.
Our family began our journey with BDPA in January 2007. My son Tyrone reluctantly attended the orientation for the High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program.
After deciding to check the program out Tyrone became totally engrossed in the Saturday classes. The instructors, being African American IT professionals, have been great mentors and role models for my son. He has learned so many valuable things as a result of his four year experience. Tyrone has used his programming skills to create video games, build web sites, and enhance his ability to excel in his high school AP Computer Science course.

BDPA teaches the students teamwork and networking skills; how to facilitate, plan, organize and conduct meetings, deliver speeches, in addition, to developing programming skills. In addition, Tyrone was taught how to conduct himself at conventions, and has traveled to Washington DC, Atlanta, North Carolina, and Philadelphia to represent BDPA Los Angeles chapter in the High School Computer Competition (HSCC) at the annual BDPA National convention.

When Tyrone applied to colleges, he was able to use his BDPA experience to demonstrate skills by reference in his college and scholarship applications. Tyrone was accepted with scholarships to: Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Harvey Mudd College, Pomona College, Tufts University, UCLA, Wesleyan University and several other institutions. He is currently enrolled at Columbia University majoring in Computer Science and Biology.

Colleges are seeking students with the skills made available to dedicated students who participate in the BDPA HSCC program. I encourage all parents to introduce BDPA HSCC to other students, families and friends. Tyrone plans on being a lifetime member of BDPA, and will be a participant at future events and conventions, further expanding his knowledge base.

Thank you,
Mrs. Staci Evans Hinderson
Tyrone P. Hinderson’s parent

I had a big smile on my face as I read this letter from Mrs. Hinderson. I hope this blog post has the same impact on you! If, in the future, you feel like you're uncertain about your future with BDPA ... just come back and read this letter!
BDPA Los Angeles took some time during their annual Holiday Awards Luncheon held earlier this month to reflect on their accomplishments in 2010. The chapter also announced the creation of the Brandon Gardner Memorial Scholarship Fund to support the young people who represent the chapter at the annual national High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championships.

Enjoy the slideshow presentation: It appears that BDPA Los Angeles chapter is ready to take it to the next level in 2011 and beyond!

Asante sana to Zella Shigg, John Malonson and Elizabeth Hicks for their generous donations to the Brandon Gardner Memorial Scholarship Fund.    As a result of their efforts we are now 2% of the way towards our fundraising goal with 314 days to go!

Who's next?

John Malonson

BDPA Los Angeles chapter had a remarkable year of success and accomplishment in 2011.   The chapter is the largest in the West Region with aspirations of becoming the largest chapter in the nation.  The chapter also taught 30+ middle- and high school students in a summer computer camp with a number of those students competing in regional and national computer competitions.

BDPA Los Angeles chapter president John Malonson shared his pride and appreciation for the members, sponsors, students and volunteers that contributed to the chapter's success during the Annual Awards Banquet held last month.   Here is a list of the scholarship and award winners:

 
OUTSTANDING DIVERSITY PARTNER AWARD
  Southern California Gas Company
  Raytheon Black Employees Network

OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY PARTNER
  Dr. Antonia Boadi (CSU Dominguez Hills)

OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD
  Honorable Micah Ali (Board of Trustees
  Compton Unified School District)

PROLIFIC PRESENTER
  Michael Jenkins-Brown (Raytheon)

VOLUNTEER EXCELLENCE
  Beverly Allen (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  Temitope Sonuyi (Duffled)

OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR
  Frank Lozier (Principal, Laurel Street Elementary School)

BRANDON GARDNER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
  Trayer Harvery (California Academy of Math & Science)
  Pooja Chebolu (California Academy of Math & Science)
  Raymond Jackson (California Academy of Math & Science)
  M. Daniel-Robinson (Palms Middle School)

Read the message that John shared earlier this month with his chapter membership. We also hope that you will help the chapter raise funds for the Brandon Gardner Memorial Scholarship Fund .

Temitope Sonuyi is a remarkable man. Temitope earned his masters in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A few years ago he decided to start his own business ... so he founded Duffled. Duffled is a text messaging (SMS) marketing tool.

In any case, Temitope is making his mark as an enthusiastic volunteer instructor at the weekend computer camp sessions hosted by BDPA Los Angeles chapter. He has supported the training of students that represent Los Angeles in regional and national computer competitions.

We asked Temitope to participate in our 'Take Five' Interview Series:
    Temitope Teaches!
  1. How did you get involved with BDPA? - I heard about it through the friend of a friend. I got connected with the local chapter and volunteered for helping out with the program.
  2. What is the most rewarding aspect of working with BDPA? - There are so many multi-layered and rewarding aspects of working with BDPA but to pick a couple I would say:
    • Seeing young minds become skilled in the craft of web programming and then teamwork. It is rewarding to be a part of the enlightenment process with the kids.
    • Seeing the competitive and highly skilled teams perform at the national convention.
  3. Can you share a 'success story' about any of your past HSCC students? - My involvement with the program has been over the past two years ... so we are still seeing the kids stories being written. I do think we will have some success stories from our students in the past two years; but as of now we are a work in progress.
  4. What would future evolution or change would you like to see in BDPA's STEM-based training? - More collaborative efforts during the training period prior to the competition (Either between programs (sharing lesson plans and strategies) or students (question/answer forum thing).
  5. Any advice for people considering a donation to BETF? - Give till you can't give no more.

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) appreciates Temitope for taking time to share his insights for this blog post. Our hope is that those of you reading this 'Take Five' interview will be inspired enough to support the college scholarship fundraising currently underway for BDPA Los Angeles chapter student members.

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