WELCOME to this page where you have the opportunity to sign up for an exciting program that can open your eyes to a career path you may have not considered as you complete your high school education and eventual progression to college.  There are two links shown, one which will allow a student or their parent to sign up for the program.  The other is if you would like to help give support to our youth by donating funds toward the scholarships we try to award students at the end of the season.

Additionally, each year we choose a cool name for our team (including the design of a T-shirt), we welcome your creative genius as part of our team.  We also welcome sponsors for those T-shirts as we are a non-profit organization. Feel free to contact me if you have additional questions at

Thanks for your support


What Others Think: A Few Testimonials


My experiences as part of BDPA's Cleveland chapter have been nothing short of amazing. I had the opportunity to learn multiple coding languages and website design over the course of my three years of participation. I met valuable new acquaintances and friends every year I participated. Each year of the program presented new and interesting challenges that I was more than happy to confront.

On top of the knowledge and contacts I gained as part of BDPA I was able to earn college credits for my work. Each year I participated in the Sites program I was fortunate enough to compete nationally at the high school level in the website design competition. I filled numerous roles as a member of the competition team and had positive and educational experiences at every conference.

- Alex Tolbert -



And BDPA is on The Cutting Edge




The 2011 season for SITES (Student Information Technology Education Scholarship) is scheduled to begin Saturday, February 5, 2011. SITES is an outreach program from the Cleveland chapter of BDPA, a non-profit organization geared toward the education and advancement of minorities in the area of IT. Our purpose is to expose and train youth in grades 8-12 in the use of technology to stimulate and sustain their interest in science and technology. Students are given an introduction to basic web design and computer concepts. Through team exercises, class and homework assignments, students obtain a better appreciation and understanding of what it takes to build a quality web application. This culminates in June and allows the students to compete on teams at a regional competition against chapters of other cities.


The second half of the season focuses on those students who have excelled in the first portion of training equipping them with additional skills which include working on teams, project management, presentation and oratory skills, advanced problem-solving and time management. With additional training through the end of July the named team of five students prepare to compete on a national level during the BDPA National Conference, this year being held in Chicago, IL, against registered teams from across the U.S. A second group is identified to attend the youth technology camp, which is held in conjunction to the programming competition.


If you think this would be an experience you or your young adult would be interested in, we welcome you to join us at our opening session meeting on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at John Carroll University, Dolan Science Center, room E233, entrance closes to Warrensville Center Rd. Classes will continue on Saturday from 1 - 4 P.M. thereafter, except for noted holiday weekends.


You can help these talented students by visiting http://www.crowdrise.com/BDPACleveland.  


Thank You,

Sylvia Calhoun
SITES Coordinator
BDPA - Cleveland

Contact / Questions

Below: Photos from a 2011 SITES Class Session