Thursday, February 10, 2011

Message from New York Chapter President

Dear Members,

I cannot believe that it is already February and we are celebrating Black History Month. This is the month that BDPA New York will host our annual Black Family Technology Awareness Event, in recognition of Black Family Technology Awareness Week. I am so excited and looking forward to seeing you on Feb 26th at the Abundant Life Christian Center in Brooklyn, NY, as we share the importance of Education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers with the community.

Last month, we had a very successful Meet and Greet on January 19th at the Empire Hotel Rooftop in New York. Members and guests had the opportunity to meet and mingle with myself, and the rest of our 2011 Executive Board, and learn more about what our chapter has planned for 2011.

I wanted to remind everyone that we are actively seeking volunteers for our committees and 2011 events and initiatives. We need volunteers to lead or serve on committees in the following areas: Education, Membership, Community Service and Fundraising. I hope that many of you step up to volunteer, to speak and present at our program meetings, or to mentor our IT Showcase students.

BDPA New York 2011 Program / Volunteer Opportunities

Education/Community Outreach
This committee is seeking mentors and instructors, who will train students for our Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program, IT Showcase, and High School Computer Competition (HSCC). In addition the committee is seeking volunteers for these upcoming events:
  • Saturday, February 5 - Computers for Youth
  • Friday, February 11 - Microsoft Minority Day
  • October 2011 - Cyber Security Awareness Month

Contact Denise Hamilton, Director of Education & Community Outreach at or Carol Anthony, Director of IT Showcase at

Membership Services
This committee is seeking Volunteers as speakers/panelists to present at the following monthly meetings:

June 2011, 8:30am*
IT in Emergency Management Symposium
**Seeking an Event Planner to coordinate this event

Thursday, April 21st
Role of Information Technology and the Census

Thursday, June 16th
Employment and Branding Forum

Thursday, September 15th
Health Information Systems

In addition, this committee is seeking volunteers for the following events:

Thursday, February 10th, 9am - 5pm
Pace University Practice Student Interview Day

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2pm
Pace University Spring Job Fair
Contact Joshua Wynn, Vice President of Member Services at

Entrepreneur Development Committee
This committee is seeking volunteers as speakers/panelists to present for the following workshops:

Thursday, March 17th
Tips on Obtaining Federal Contracts for Small Businesses

Thursday, November 17th
Mobile Technology for Entrepreneurs

Contact Damon Holmes, Director of Business & Professional Development at

Fundraising Committee
Do you have fundraising expertise? We need members to assist us in raising funds for our SITES Program. Contact Wanda Jackson, VP of Finance, at

Executive Board Positions
Would you like the opportunity to share your skills as a part of the BDPA New York Executive Board? Current Available positions on the board include: Vice President of Membership Management, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Publicist, Director of Human Resources, Fundraising Chairperson, Historian, Graphic Artist, Grant Application Writer, Fundraising Committee Chairperson.

If interested in a position, contact me at or call the chapter voicemail at (212) 802-531.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the following members who volunteered at the 2011 Rainbow Coalition/Citizenship Education Fund Wall Street Project:
In summary, BDPA New York needs you to make a difference.

Renetta English, President
BDPA New York Chapter

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