BDPA Education and Technology Foundation

From the Classroom to the Boardroom

aka BETF   |   Little Elm, TX   |  http://www.betf.org

Mission

BDPA advances the careers of African Americans in the information technology industry from the 'classroom to the boardroom'. BETF provides major financial support for BDPA's education and technology programs.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Mr. Wayne Hicks

Main address

2701 Litte Elm Pkwy Ste 100-435

Little Elm, TX 75068 USA

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EIN

52-1806848

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BETF recognizes that to close the gap of computer and technology literacy, minority youth must participate and compete in today’s digital economy.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES) Initiative

Our major program is the Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES) Initiative. SITES is designed to introduce K-12 students of African Descent and underserved communities to the field of Information Technology through training, encourage them to seek higher levels of education by providing incentives through scholarships, and groom many of them to become our next generation of IT professionals. There are several programs established to meet these objectives: 1. Youth Computer Training 2. High School Computer Competition, Regional Competition, National Competition 3. Youth Technology Conference 4. BDPA IT Corps With these programs, we expose our youth to Information Technology at a young age and give them the skills to compete and succeed in a college environment or technical workforce. In addition, we encourage them to pursue a college education and provide support for the endeavor. We also help them in the transition from college to the work force via our College Student/Young Professional programs (not included in this business plan).

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
People of African descent

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want students from historically disadvantaged communities to learn advanced computer science and community responsibility from any of the BDPA chapters located around the nation.

Throughout the year, local chapters conduct SITES (Student Information Technology Education and Scholarships) training programs for youth in their communities. The programs are designed to expose the youth to computers and give them the expertise to develop web applications. After competition in regional competitions, each BDPA chapter is able to send 3-5 students to the National Conference and Compete Nationally.

In 1986, we began developing high school youth for future entrance into the IT industry through the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. Annually, we train up to 900 of these students in after-school computer camps on the latest computer and Internet website developing languages as well as the much-needed industry knowledge and presentation skills.

In addition to the computer camps, we encourage each of the BDPA chapters to bring 5-person teams to the annual BDPA Technology Conference to demonstrate the skills they have learned. The students from the best-performing teams at this annual High School Computer Competition (HSCC) earn Jesse Bemley Scholarships that they can use for post-secondary education. We are very proud of the alumni from this annual program.

For the past 40 years, BETF has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and professional development in support of students interested in STEM education.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Larry Johnson

Johnson and Johnson

Term: 2019 - 2021

Timothy Coleman

Eli Lilly and Company

Michael Wulf

Prudential Financial

Monica Brown

Sirrus Radio

Earl Pace

Pace Data Systems

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/02/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.