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Youth & Education

Building STEM and Life Skills for Tomorrow’s Leaders

Youth Education Team

Our Youth & Education Team helps develop, implement, sustain and grow youth and education programs that assist students in continuing their education and in becoming tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and leaders. We provide support over the full education lifecycle, from program and curriculum development, to professional staff development, to implementation, performance metrics, and program expansion.

We help stand up winning programs created with measurable performance metrics in mind, designed to best address national priorities through administration and budget changes. We ensure these programs meet all DoD and federal, state and local requirements and performance targets.

We currently support program development, management and oversight responsibilities in the for Department of Defense (DoD) – Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) civil youth programs. This includes the DoD STARBASE program, which provides STEM enrichment for elementary school students. We also support the National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe Program, which helps high school dropouts earn high school degrees and GEDs.

Our expertise and relationships throughout the defense, education and federal arenas enable us to help our clients meet their missions, no matter the project size, scope or location. Our clients also draw on our in-house expertise and access in related areas, including BRAC, defense, and Executive Branch and Congressional relations.

Subject Matter Expertise & Deliverables

  • Program development
  • Curriculum development
  • Professional staff training and development
  • Program and performance management and quality assurance
  • Auditing and requirements compliance assurance
  • Education and program management expertise
  • Congressional, Defense, and education-focused advocacy and relations
  • Youth education and leadership program development, management, and oversight
  • Program lifecycle support to meet requirements and meet or exceed outcome targets
  • Youth education and federal program expertise
  • Congressional, Defense, and education-focused liaison and advocacy
  • OSD civil youth programs

Our Team


Ms. Jennifer Buck, SES, Ret.


Mr. Jeffrey Akin
MG Roger Allen, USA, Ret.
Ms. Sandy Anderson
CAPT Karen Baetzel, USN, Ret.
Ms. Mikelle Cronk
Mr. Paul Dugan, OBE
CMSgt John Harris, USAF, Ret.
Mr. James L. Jones
Ms. Barbara Koscak
Ms. Kathleen S. Schweinfurth
Mr. Gregory Sharp

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