What is cx3

We are a community of like-minded individuals striving to educate youth in middle and high school in the STEM fields of technology and cybersecurity.

Our Mission

To educate and provide cybersecurity opportunities to youth. We strive to reach underserved and underprivileged individuals and communities within the Midwest region. Through our community features, we help middle and high school students explore the field of cyber sciences. We accomplish this through multiple avenues. We host events designed to engage and inspire youth in the cyber field, such as capture-the-flag (CTF) competitions, hackathons, training, hands-on workshops with cyber professionals, and more.

We personally work to connect each individual with opportunities based upon their unique needs and aspirations. This includes connecting them with mentors and professionals who will help them build their technical and professional skills, providing resources which will help them explore their interests, and more.


Throughout our cyber career, we have noticed that youth in the rural areas of the Midwest have fewer opportunities to attend camps, programs, and classes teaching cyber security than their counterparts in more populated areas of the country. This places them at a disadvantage compared to youth privileged to live in more densely populated areas. The cybersecurity field is only growing more important and we are on the front lines of building the next cyber generation.

With the Cyber Community Club (Cx3), we provide the opportunity for cybersecurity field exploration and career advancement to middle and high school students. Cx3 is tailored to any skill level, whether beginner or advanced, we have a spot for you! We hope to inspire and motivate students to discover the endless amount of possibilities that this field holds.

Get Involved

Sharpen your skills and join a community of individuals striving to help youth explore the field of cyber sciences.

the executive Team

Program director


As a Cyber Operations student at Dakota State University, Annabelle is eager about cybersecurity and making an impact. She enjoys participating in clubs, working on projects, and meeting others. Annabelle enjoys sharing her interest with others by leading and managing Cx3.

program director


As a Network Security and Administration student at Dakota State University, Mariel is excited to dive into the information security field. She enjoys open source intelligence, networking with others, and researching cyber topics. Mariel is thrilled to oversee and direct Cx3.

Technical Director


As a Cyber Operations student at Dakota State University, Austen is passionate about the ins and outs of technology. He enjoys taking part in competitions, learning new offensive security skills, and red teaming. Austen shares his passion by developing materials and challenges for Cx3.

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