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BDPA Indianapolis chapter was founded in August 2004. They are a relatively young chapter with big dreams as evidenced by the fact that they will be hosting the 36th annual National BDPA Technology Conference in August 2014. But, first things first ... the chapter is working hard to build a legacy with its Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.

In its fifth year, the chapter's SITES program continues to grow with students from 4 different central Indiana high schools. Sessions take place each Saturday morning from 9AM – 2PM. Students receive training in HTML, PHP, and MYSQL as well as general mentorship and the opportunity to develop written and oral communication skills.

L-R: Mya Cruz, James Griffin, Lauren Ravenell
Not Shown: Saivion James, Dominic Alexander, Tim Ford)

This powerful program that provides such meaningful STEM training opportunities to young people in Indianapolis is funded by Eli Lilly, BDPA membership dues and individual supporters like you !
BDPA Indianapolis chapter (founded in August 2004) will be competing for the sixth time in the National BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championship being held August 6-9, 2014. The chapter will be the 'home team' as the event takes place at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. It should be a remarkable opportunity for the members and sponsors of the chapter.

BDPA Indianapolis has grown its Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program over the past few years. This year’s program is made up of students from six (6) different central Indiana high schools. Sessions take place each Saturday morning. Students receive training in HTML, PHP and MYSQL as well as general mentorship and the opportunity to develop written, oral communication and presentation skills.

L-R: Saivion James, Lonny Grey, Lauren Ravenell, Mya Cruz
Not Pictured: Elijah Hodge, Andrew Porter

Eli Lilly and Company is the major sponsor for Indianapolis chapter this year. However, we would still love to have your secure online donation to help support this STEM-based youth education program!

Edited Fri, Aug 1, 2014 1:52 PM

Terry Morris

This year the National BDPA organization celebrated 40 years in Washington, D.C. at our annual technology conference. Over this period, BDPA has been leveraging local chapters across the country to support the professional development of their respective memberships, engage the youth of their community in STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) activities, and promote minority interest and exposure to innovative technologies. BDPA Indianapolis is checking all of these boxes and creating others.

One of the primary areas of focus for BDPA Indianapolis has been our youth engagement. Last year our leadership team focused on creating a vision to “empower our youth in a high tech world”.

This year we have made bold steps to realize this vision as seen through our HSCC Accelerator, the HSCC competition team, and the IT Showcase student sponsorship. Each of these examples are discussed in more depth throughout this newsletter. We are currently working with Eli Lilly and the IUPUI School of Informatics to develop and implement a program for elementary age students at the Joyce Kilmer Academy.

As it related to our professional development agenda, we have been having a banner year with great content and excellent attendance. We have continued our focus on SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud). Part of our Professional Development strategy is showcasing great technology firms in the Indianapolis area. So far we have visited the likes of Interactive Intelligence, IBM, and Eli Lilly. We have two remaining sessions planned this year where we intend to visit Allegient and Apparatus. They will be discussing “Analytics” and the “Internet of Things (IoT)” respectively.

In addition to our core program delivery, we have had a record number of members (80+) and our local chapter financial sponsorship support has doubled this year.

In short, BDPA Indianapolis is on the move. We are aggressively seeking to make a difference in our community and deliver outcomes for Indianapolis youth and our professionals.

Terry Morris, president
BDPA Indianapolis Chapter

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