The BDPA – Twin Cities Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded and chartered in 2008 to support programming and direct services provided with the assistance of minority professionals and membership of the BDPA Twin Cities Chapter. Our Chapter is one of a 55-chapter national network organized to address concerns about minorities in the data processing field, in particular a lack of minorities in middle and upper management, low recruitment and poor preparation of minorities for these positions, and an overall lack of career mobility.
BDPA – Twin Cities Foundation supports programming and direct services which aim to diminish the “digital divide” facing communities of color in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. By introducing minority teens to the technology processes and systems used in the Information Technology field in a practical, skill-focused manner with positive interaction with their peers and facilitating engagement through education, mentoring and work experience. The programs are free and available to all youth regardless of their economic means.
Although our target audience is minority youth, we offer our expertise to any individual considering Information Technology for a future career or business potential. BDPA–Twin Cities Foundation enjoys the support of the local business community, both private and public. We partner with organizations and schools to help make the Twin Cities community a global leader in technology expertise and talent.
The mission of BDPA–Twin Cities Foundation is to support local Information Technology (IT) professionals and youth to increase the number of historically under-represented persons of color in Computer Science and Information Technology.
Emmaly progressed through BDPA–Twin Cities Foundation’s Community Youth Technology Education programs, and went on to complete internships.
Xcel Energy’s Marsha Connor presents a donation check for $5,000 to BDPA-Twin Cities Foundation’s program volunteer Ashley Blocton, Treasurer Dorothy Richburg and President Joseph Richburg.
Xcel Energy Foundation
Idella participated in BDPA-Twin Cities Foundation’s Community Youth Technology Camp (CYTC) program for two years, before entering the High School.