What is a Young AFCEAN?

The Young AFCEANs (also fondly known as YACs) are current and potential AFCEA members age 40 or younger.  YACs are designated as a distinct unit in the AFCEA organization and are represented at the chapter, regional, and international levels of leadership.

Why become a YAC?

The Young AFCEAN program provides its participants with an unparalleled opportunity to network with other young professionals that are on their way to becoming industry, military, and governmental leaders. In addition, AFCEA chapters worldwide regularly offer Young AFCEAN events that promote professional development, leadership, and mentoring.  This allows YACs the opportunity to gain access to senior leaders in industry and in government within the realm of Communications and Electronics.

Benefits of joining AFCEA as a YAC

Though the program is distinct in many ways from its parent organization, Young AFCEANs are first and foremost AFCEANs. This means they have access to all AFCEA International events. These events are attended by leaders in both government and industry and allow networking opportunities with decision makers on both sides of the realm.   This exposure allows Young AFCEANs to have a better understanding of the “big picture” in their industry and, by making contact with these leaders, provides them valuable resources.  Participation in the Young AFCEAN program, and in AFCEA International events, should be viewed as critical investments in a young professional’s career.

Capt “Gina” Evans
YAC VP – Government –
Coordinates with Government and Military Orgs


Brandon Lester
YAC VP – Industry –
Coordinates with Industry and Local Community

SRC Technologies, V.P. Security Engineering


AFCAHEFEA Hawaii Education Foundation (AHEF) Scholarships
The AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation works together with the AFCEA Hawaii membership and the community at large, both private, public and academia, to increase the investment in education in Hawaii.

AHEF Scholarship Website

AFCEA International ScholarshipsAFCEA International Scholarships
Our programs focus on information technology, cybersecurity, telecommunications and electronics supporting the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities. The foundation, in conjunction with AFCEA chapters worldwide, provides more than $2 million in scholarships a year

AFCEA International Scholarship Website

Hawaii Community FoundationHawaii Community Foundation
The Hawaii Community Foundation is honored to provide a wealth of financial support to qualified students and nonprofit organizations throughout Hawaii.

Hawaii Community Foundation Website

Cyber PatriotCyber Patriot

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  There are three main programs within CyberPatriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative.

Friends of Hawaii Robotics

Recognizing the importance of promoting robotics at an early age, and sustaining students’ interest in STEM education, “Friends” supports Hawaii’s nine robotics programs in elementary, middle, and high schools statewide.



The GenCyber Hawai`i program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level.


High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) is a state agency established by the Hawaii State Legislature in 1983 to facilitate the development and growth of Hawaii’s commercial high technology industry


Comprehensive job board for tech jobs in Hawaii


Lists events and resources for all things tech in Hawaii

Additional Cyber Training Websites

AFCEA Hawaii

Young AFCEANs News and Events

March 7th 2019 Mentor & Student Mixer

In partnership with HICTA and the AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation, AFCEA Hawaii will be holding a Student Networking Mixer on Thursday, March 7th, 2018 at Gordon Biersch.  We are looking for 10 professionals to attend and network with students from...

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Young AFCEA at Wetware Wednesday

Young AFCEA is teaming with Tech Jobs Hawaii and HTDC for the next Wetware Wednesday on January 30th @6pm at Aloha Beer Company to share our Spring 2019 event schedule. Wetware Wednesday is a monthly software development networking social and all AFCEANs interested in...

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Young AFCEA TechNet 2018 Primer

Young AFCEA will be hosting an event at Dave & Buster's next Thursday (10/18) @6pm to share information about the upcoming AFCEA TechNet Asia Pacific Conference and have some fun. This is a great event for all (and it is free for Government, Military, and Academia)....

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Young AFCEA Networking Social

Calling all Young AFCEANs! Whether you're an experienced YAC excited to reconnect, a YAC new to the islands, or curious to learn what AFCEA is all about, you're welcome to join us. Friday, September 7th at 5pm at Honolulu Beerworks (328 Cooke St, Honolulu, HI 96813)....

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March 2017 Student Mixer

     On March 7th, 2017 AFCEA Hawaii Young AFCEAN's co-sponsored a Student Networking Mixer with HICTA (Hawaii Information Communications and Technology Association) at Gordon Biersch.  20 professionals and 40 Information Technology Students attended and socialized to...

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Cyber Patriot Team

  We are partnering with Radford High School for this next season to provide mentors to build their Cyber Patriot team. Mentors require fundamental knowledge in computer security and networks - comparable to a Security+ certification. This is our chance to grow...

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Monthly Luncheon

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