December 2019
Join the World Youth Assembly for Road Safety
Be part of the 200 delegates attending the World Youth Assembly at Stockholm, Sweden on the 18th of February 2020.

CANT ATTEND? You can still be a part of the Global Youth Movement.

Run a Global Youth Consultation - Information gathered will be shared and reported out by a US delegate during the Assembly and at the 2020 Ministerial Conference. You can setup a webinar or call to go over this process

Support US delegates - A confirmed list of US delegates will be sent in late December if you are interested in supporting monetarily or boosting their work on social media.

3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety - The World Youth Assembly Taskforce will be delivering a youth statement during the ceremony. If you are attending, get connected so that we can engage US youth people through social media. 

As a Texas BPA Alumni, Jacob Smith is a former Texas BPA Regional President who continues to do amazing things. Reach out to him to find out more about these great opportunities and how you and your chapter can get involved.



November 2019
President's Volunteer Service Award Update
As of this summer, the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) platform has been restructured by Points of Light, the company tasked with managing the award on behalf of the White House. Volunteers seeking an award through PVSA are no longer able to self-report their service activities directly to PVSA, but instead are required to communicate their hours to a certifying organization, such as Business Professionals of America. In an effort to continue providing our membership with the opportunity to participate in this national recognition program, BPA has established a new reporting process in order to apply for a service award.

To apply for a PVSA, visit https://bpa.org/students/scholarships-and-awards/presidents-volunteer-service-award/ and download the PVSA Workbook. This spreadsheet will allow participants to record their service activities and tally their volunteer hours. When finished with recording activities, participants will then visit the same web link and complete the online application, uploading the PVSA Workbook in that process.

Once the service activities are reviewed, participants will be notified if there are any questions or if their application has been approved.

All activities eligible for PVSA consideration must take place within the BPA service year, which is from March 2nd to March 1st annually. The deadline to submit a PVSA application is March 1, 2020. Awardees will be notified of their status and the awards will be presented on-stage at the National Leadership Conference during the National Honor Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 8, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

For questions regarding the President's Volunteer Service Award, please visit the award website at https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/ or contact Brigette Bethea, Director of Leadership Development, at bbethea@bpa.org

To apply for a PVSA, visit https://bpa.org/students/scholarships-and-awards/presidents-volunteer-service-award/  and download the PVSA Workbook. This spreadsheet will allow participants to record their service activities and tally their volunteer hours. When finished with recording activities, participants will then visit the same web link and complete the online application, uploading the PVSA Workbook in that process.

Once the service activities are reviewed, participants will be notified if there are any questions or if their application has been approved.

All activities eligible for PVSA consideration must take place within the BPA service year, which is from May 2nd to May 1st annually. The deadline to submit a PVSA application is May 1, 2020. Awardees will be notified of their status and the awards will be presented on-stage at the National Leadership Conference during the National Honor Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 8, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

For questions regarding the President's Volunteer Service Award, please visit the award website at https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/  or contact Brigette Bethea, Director of Leadership Development, at bbethea@bpa.org .

September 2019
South Texas College Chapter Opens up with Success
On September 5th, 2019 the South Texas College Student Activities Department hosted an event to help student student organization recruit new members. Our newest Post-Secondary chapter at South Texas College in McAllen was there to make their debut. Over twenty student organizations attended this event and BPA was well represented. We were excited to have many students interested in joining the new chapter and look forward to seeing their membership grow this year. The chapter had a great first meeting later that afternoon.

The South Texas College chapter would like to thank Jose Pena and all the staff and faculty in the Student Activities department that helped make such an event possible so that student organizations such as BPA could recruit interested and like-minded students to become a part of such a great organization. Congratulations to Emanuel Martinez and Amado Moreno III for leading the group and getting the chapter going this year. We look forward to seeing all the things this new Post-Secondary chapter will be doing this year. If you would like more information about starting a Post-Secondary chapter at your college or university, please contact our Post-Secondary representative, Carolyn Carrier-Williams at ccwilliamsbpa@gmail.com.

April 2019
Business Professionals of America Announces Brand Refresh
Anaheim, CA (April 29, 2019) - Business Professionals of America (BPA) has unveiled a new logo and updated brand identity that aligns its strategic framework and vision so it is known as an organization laser-focused on the professional development and future of our youth, providing the tools, skills and experiences needed to compete, succeed and thrive in the business world. The announcement comes as the organization prepares to welcome more than 6,000 members from across the country to Anaheim, CA this week for the 53rd annual National Leadership Conference.

The updates include a new logo, tagline, design approach, and brand colors. The goals for the new visual identity include creating clear and strong messaging with consistent visuals that are adaptable across various media; conveying an innovative organization that is evolving and future-focused; creating a sense of community that enhances the membership's connection to the organization with a renewed vision and amplified purpose; and elevating the organization's reputation for preparing students for the future. The new elements will be present on the BPA website, social media channels, communications and marketing.

"Although the look and feel of our organization is changing, our objective remains the same; to empower rising students to discover their passion and change the world," said Executive Director Dr. LouAnn Ross. "This national brand refresh is designed to provide all of our stakeholders with a more cohesive visual experience when engaging with the organization. The updated logo, collectively with our new tagline - Giving Purpose to Potential - align with and showcase a creative evolution of our brand that is on-trend, and utilizes best practices in design."

This is the first major brand refresh for BPA in over 30 years and helps guide the organization into the 21st century.

"We are energized by our updated look and refreshed brand identity," noted Cedric Bandoh, Chair of the National BPA Board of Trustees. "The update aligns with our organizational values and reflects our dedication to innovation as well as a vibrant, advancing membership. While we may look a little different, our commitment to our members and Career Technical Education remains the same."

March 2019
Founding Father of OEA/BPA Celebrates 100th Birthday
John "Jack" Adams was one of the founding fathers of the Office Education Association (OEA) which later became the organization that we know as Business Professionals of America. He served as our first Executive Director and on the National Board of Trustees. He was also the business coordinator for Chicago Public Schools for many years and has a passion for educating young people. He loved OEA and the opportunities that it created and continues to support BPA as a lifetime alumni member. He will be turning 100 on March 7th and we would like to send him some birthday love and share the impact that OEA/BPA has made on all of us. We are planning some activities at the State Leadership Conference but if you would like to send your own birthday wishes, you can mail them to:
John "Jack" Adams
4133 W. 100 St.
Oak Lawn, IL 60453-3569

Feel free to bring some birthday cards to share so we can shower him with birthday wishes from our chapters across Texas. We will be sending him a Texas care package and including our cards and letters. He is one of the reasons we are all together and we are happy to celebrate this milestone with him. Happy Birthday, Jack! Texas BPA loves you!
March 2019
NO BULL Challenge Golden Ticket Winner - BPA member, Michaela Riggins
Michaela Riggins, BPA sophomore from Lamesa High School, won "The Golden Ticket" award for the NO BULL Challenge video contest. NO BULL is partnered with Business Professionals of America and is sponsored by the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS).

Her video entitled, "The Importance of Online Safety," illustrates how easily teens can become victims online. Check out her video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIfk6CCeJEM 

We look forward to honoring Michaela at our State Leadership Conference in Dallas and congratulate this young filmmaker on her work and advocacy for online safety. Shout out to her outstanding advisor, Lisa Telchik, and her BPA chapter at Lamesa High School for sharing this great accomplishment with us. Way to go, Michaela!
March 2019
Texas Board of Directors and Staff Preparing for SLC
Your Board of Directors and Texas BPA Staff is already in Dallas and preparing for your arrival for the State Leadership Conference. We look forward to your arrival. Please be sure to have your paperwork ready so registration can go as smoothly as possible:
- Copy of SLC conference registration invoice
- Copy of your check for registration
- Your registration check (we cannot accept cc payments)
- Hotel Responsibility Form (one per school)
- Bounce N More Release Form (one per school) - for Friday night event
- Note: If you have outstanding membership dues, you will be required to show proof of payment or bring your membership dues payment with you to SLC for your students to participate at the State Conference. Your BPA account will be locked by National BPA and your SLC registration will be flagged until your account has been cleared. Please see Diana Weber at registration to settle your account. Thank you for your help with this. Contact Michele Gordon at Nationals at mgordon@bpa.org if you have questions.