The Source – 12/1/2021

BPA Partners with LifeSmarts for Student Competitions

National BPA has partnered with LifeSmarts to provide student members with the opportunity to test their knowledge, develop critical thinking skills and compete with other BPA members in TeamSmarts, a web-based team competition. Now through December 31, Middle Level and Secondary BPA students can compete in the Technology & Workforce Preparation category. In January, they can compete in the Personal Finance and Environment categories. The top team in each monthly competition will earn a $100 cash prize!

Advisors first register as a coach and then have students register and join the BPA/LifeSmarts team online. The team captain must log in to see the quiz, and teams of four or five students then work together to complete the 100-question quizzes. LifeSmarts provides complete instructions on how to register.

LifeSmarts is the nation’s premier consumer program whose goal is to ensure students will be consumer savvy and well equipped for adult life. If you have questions about the TeamSmarts partner competition, contact Cheryl Varnadoe at

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Video Series Spotlights Torch Awards

The Executive Council, National BPA’s student leadership group, has prepared the third in a series of tutorial videos explaining Torch Award activities. The Torch Awards Program promotes professionalism and leadership in both career development and personal growth. By successfully completing and logging activities in the seven Torch categories, student members can earn an Executive, Diplomat, Statesman or Ambassador Torch Award certificate.

Watch the first three videos: Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3

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Get the National BPA Mobile App

Student members and advisors have a new tool to stay informed about the latest National BPA news and information and access member resources, all from your mobile device. These features and more are available in the free BPA app, which can be found by searching “BPA Org” on Google Play or in the Apple App Store.

News Briefs

Register for Virtual Events Competitions by Dec. 1

December 1 is the final registration deadline for 2021-2022 Virtual Events competitions. These events, offered only at the National level, include Middle Level, Secondary and Post-secondary divisions. For event descriptions and guidelines, visit the WSAP Download Center. To sign up, visit the registration site, click on the “Conferences” tab and then select “2022 National Virtual Events”.

Catch up on the Leadership Academy on Ethics

The six-part Leadership Academy on Ethics provides Middle Level and Secondary students a unique learning opportunity during one-hour interactive sessions Mondays at 7:00 pm Eastern Time on Zoom. Participants who have missed sessions can watch a recording and complete the weekly activities. The course also prepares students to participate in an ethics video competition, which will award $15,000 in student scholarships. The Leadership Academy continues through December 20. This free event for BPA members is sponsored by MBA Research & Curriculum Center and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative.

Adobe XD Free Subscription Offer

Adobe is offering a free one-year subscription to BPA Secondary members (ages 14 and older) who are competing in (455) User Experience Design using Adobe XD, a pilot judged event in Digital Communication & Design.

Giving Thanks for GivingTuesday

Thank you to everyone who supported BPA student programs during the GivingTuesday fundraisers. If you have not had an opportunity to donate yet, it is not too late. To make a tax-deductible donation to support BPA, click the donate button on the National BPA Facebook page or visit the BPA website donations page.