The mission of the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation (BPACF) is to create opportunities for African Americans through scholarship, education and leadership development. Our vision is to be a catalyst that prepares and develops students and leaders to elevate our community of professionals.
Each year, BPACF serves between 100 to 150 college students from Northeast Ohio. More than 70 % of our program participants are considered low to moderate income (LMI) youth. Over the last five years, more than 60 % of our program participants were “first generation” college students.
BPACF SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM
Career Connect is a workforce development initiative of the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation (BPACF) to enhance career opportunities for minority professionals from Northeast Ohio under the age of 25. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of educated and career-ready youth in our community, and to encourage their retention in the Greater Cleveland area. Individuals selected to participate in the program will be matched with a career immersion opportunity that closely aligns with their college major. Program participants will also receive innovative professional development with weekly “lunch and learn” sessions and mentoring from local executives, BPACF board members and volunteers.
BPACF COLLEGE TO CAREER SERIES
The College to Career Series is a group of five events that will encourage local youth towards a commitment to college completion, academic success and career advancement. The series will also allow minority scholars to meet one another and top executives from Northeast Ohio, and learn more about their career path.
The series includes the following events:
- BPACF Scholarship “Blitz” Day (February): A workshop on how to successfully find and apply for scholarship funds, financial aid and financial literacy.
- BPACF Internship Boot Camp (April): A full-day workshop on how to successfully find and prepare for summer internships/employment, with a focus on soft-skill development.
- BPACF Scholars Summer Night Out – The School Year Kick Off (July/August): A Night Out at Progressive Field for local minority scholars, to celebrate the start of the college school year.
- BPACF Scholars Holiday Night Out – The Mid-Year Mixer (December): A Night Out (bowling party) for local minority scholars, to “check in” with one another on their academic progress at the mid-way point of the academic year, and encourage each other to continue their studies.
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