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Beverly Allen has been the HSCC coordinator for our BDPA Los Angeles chapter for a number of years. She watched her son, Terell , participate in national HSCC championships in 2007-2009 before going off to college at Morehouse College.

She shared the following update on the young people that represented BDPA Los Angeles chapter at the recently concluded national conference in Baltimore, MD.

Our Youth Technology Camp (YTC) students began their week by getting hands-on with multimedia. Students were assigned to cross-chapter teams that were responsible for directing, filming, editing, and producing their own video. Student participants also attended a workshop where they learned how to build mobile applications via the Android platform. Toward the end of the week, students received a guided tour of Northrop Grumman’s corporate headquarters. During the tour, students were able to view and ask questions about radars, the evolution and business impact of the microchip, and how radars are actually tested via Northrop Grumman’s fleet of aircraft near the Baltimore airport. Most importantly, students learned the value of degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from Northrop Grumman staff during each stage of the tour.

Our High School Computer Competition (HSCC) students participated in the software programming portion of the conference. After many months of coding, presentation preparation, and team leadership training, our students went into the competition fully prepared. This year’s business case involved developing an application that allowed a customer to select and purchase DVDs. After 9 hours of laying out a plan, coding, and presenting to a panel of judges; out came 5 tired students. Our team completed the entire business case and impressed the judges with their presentation ability.

In the end, our HSCC team placed 3rd out of 17 competing teams from 45 chapters! This was the first time in BDPA Los Angeles’ history to make it to the stage and receive a team scholarship award. It was also a huge improvement over last year’s performance (14th place).

Many thanks to our major sponsor (Raytheon Company), our host facility (Cal State Dominguez Hills) and all of the volunteers, parents, and enthusiastic students who made this year’s youth computer science program our best yet!

Please take a moment to support the success of the BDPA Los Angeles chapter by donating now to their college scholarship fund.
John Malonson
BDPA Los Angeles celebrated the year with friends and family at Truxton's American Bistro on December 15, 2012.

As president of the Los Angeles Chapter, it was my sincere pleasure opening the event and welcoming everyone as we celebrated a fantastic year. Our 2012 High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team placed 3rd out of 45 potential teams nationwide. Our chapter forged a partnership with Blacks in Technology (Los Angeles) online community. Also we had the pleasure of BETF executive director Wayne Hicks and his lovely mother, BDPA Los Angeles chapter past president Liz Hicks grace us with their presence for the second year in a row.

This year's event was more informal and low-key than past affairs. For example, our keynote speaker (Wayne) shared his message without a podium or microphone; however, he was more than open to the challenge!

Speaking from the top of his head and heart, Wayne re-affirmed to our audience all the good that BDPA does for our community as a national entity and the importance of an organization like ours. Since our event took place the day after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Wayne challenged the "how could it happen here?" mentality shared by many in the media. Horrific events should not be enhanced or limited by geography. We must be mindful that an injustice anywhere is an injustice. As we grieved as a nation, we were reminded just how precious and fleeting life can be. However, we must actively combat apathy for the senseless lives lost everyday that don't make it to the news or happen all at once. Wayne imparted that each of us has the responsibility to be good to others and to make a positive impact on lives, especially our youth, wherever we go.

L-R: Temitope, Akindele, Steven, Steven, Pooja, Justice, John, Trayer and John

Our award recipients this year were:
  • 2012 National HSCC Team - Pooja Chebolu (California Academy of Math and Science), Akindele Davies (California Academy of Math and Science), Trayer Harvey (California Academy of Math and Science), John Isaacs (Santa Monica Community College) and Justice Mozell-Guy (Niles West HS)
  • BDPA Los Angeles Leadership Team - Beverly Allen (California Institute of California), Ogie Banks (Self-Employed, Karen Breau (California Institute of Technology), Wandia Chiuri (Reaction Power), David Malonson (The Westfield Group), Temitope Sonuyi (Self-Employed) and Kirk Williams (KW3 Consulting)
  • YTC Spirit Award - Steven Moreno (Wilson Classical HS)) and Steven Zavala (Wilson Classical HS)
  • Community Partners - Dr. Antonia Boadi (CSU Dominguez Hills) and Micah Ali (Compton Unified School District)
  • Corporate Sponsors (Corporate Champion) - Sempra Energy (Carolyn Williams) and Raytheon Company (Mel Jackson).
In Los Angeles, we look to 2013 as a year with even more promise! If you're interested in learning more about the largest chapter in the West, please contact us at losangeles@bdpa.org

John C. Malonson III, President
BDPA Los Angeles Chapter
BDPA's Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program is flourishing in Southern California. BDPA Los Angeles chapter is training 47 middle- and high-school students representing 29 area schools this year. Course topics include HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL.

Front row:  Pooja Cheboulu, Desirai Lewis, Monique Muepo, Autum Alexander, Justice Mozell-Guy, Fariahn Morris, Marcus Schumann

Second row:  Amir Rose-Aminifu, Tiana Dollison, Jaylin Gant, Paige Soloman, Jada McKeney, Cierra Crooms, Cardan Mikes, Matthew Dollison, Morgan Gant, Steven Moreno

Third row:  Steven Zavala, Ryan Beheshti, Trayer Harvey, Austin Jackson-DeYoung, C’Terra Carter, Ahmir Wilson, Justin Witt, Daniel Beheshti, Miles Williams, Lafiate Germeille Jr.

Not pictured:  Adonai Alexander, Nicholar Banks, Emari Bennett, Jaylin Blannon, Akil Brown, Elijah Drew, Ajhanae Favors, Thomas Hamilton, Kayla Miller, Brendan Nwokekoro, Rahman Oladipupo, Shawn Pugh-Molina, Aisja Snaders, Giovanni Smith Jr, Khalia Taylor, Jordan Tortes-Barker, Maya Washington

This year BDPA Los Angeles chapter introduced cloud computing and mobile development to its program. The class is led by two experienced IT professionals - Temitope Sonuyi and John C. Malonson III . California State University, Dominguez Hills and BDPA Los Angeles created a strategic partnership that allows for this hands-on training to take place on a university campus. Many of the students take advantage of this strategic partnership to earn college credit for the course taught by BDPA volunteers.

Five of these students will earn the right to represent Los Angeles in the 2013 National BDPA High School Computer Competition championship taking place this month in Washington DC. Please help us help these young people by making a secure online donation to support the Brandon Gardner Memorial Scholarship Fund.
BDPA Los Angeles chapter (chartered June 1982) has a powerful legacy! The chapter has trained hundreds of young people in its Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program over the past few years. The results can be seen in the performance of the chapter's High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team in recent years. In fact, The HSCC team trained by BDPA Los Angeles chapter took home the bronze medal at the 2012 HSCC championships ... then came back to win the national championship silver medal last year!

2013 National HSCC Silver Medal Winners

Some of these students earned college scholarships which they are using to pursue STEM-related curriculum in their post-secondary education at places like Clark Atlanta University, Fordham University, Morehouse College, University of California, Riverside, University of Southern California and elsewhere!

2014 Computer Camp Students

The chapter trained 24 students from ten (10) different schools in the greater Los Angeles metro area. Course topics include HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL.

This year the chapter introduced cloud computing and mobile development to our program. The class is led by experienced IT professionals: Temitope Sonuyi , John Malonson III , and Caleb Saunders.

BDPA Los Angeles chapter has a strategic partnership with California State University, Dominguez Hills. This partnership allows BDPA to be able to teach on the university campus and allows our students the ability to earn college credit for the course taught by BDPA IT professionals.

The chapter seeks to secure additional funding in order to give out additional college scholarships to its HSCC students. Please help us by making your own secure donation for our largest West Coast chapter!

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