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JC Johnson, EdD, MBA

National Director, Project Youth Extension Service (YES)

4101 Beryl Road, 210P


Dr. JC Johnson is the National Director, Project Youth Extension Service (YES!), NC State University. Project YES! is a DoD-funded youth development program focused on working with youth of military families engaged in the deployment process. JC served 25-years in the United States Air Force and retired as a Command Chief Master Sergeant. During this time, Dr. Johnson served in a variety of educational leadership positions in the Professional Military Education career field. He also served on the Executive Communications team supporting the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the Defense. Dr. Johnson earned a BS in Technical Management from the University of Maryland, an MBA degree from Our Lady of the Lake University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University. He also holds a Master Certificate in Human Resource Development from Villanova University. He’s a staunch advocate of lifelong learning and loves reading and motorcycles. Dr. Johnson also supports the CYFAR 4-H Military Partnership Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program and the Navy Child & Youth Program Supplemental Child Care and Recreational Program Staff programs.

Programs and Initiatives

  • Youth development support for Yellow Ribbon events
  • Leadership development and resiliency programs
  • Professional development programs

Contributing Websites

Professional Honors/Offices/Recognitions

  • 2018 – Military Partnership Award (North Carolina and Southeast Region). North Carolina Association of Extension 4-H agents. Project Youth Extension Service
  • 2016 – Excellence in Team Work Award (North Carolina and Southeast Region). National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. College-2-Career Preparation and Readiness (C2PR) Campus Experiences for Military Youth
  • 2012 – President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll – Presidential Awardee, NC State University. Corporation for National & Community Service. (North Carolina Cooperative Extension Services (NCCES), Project Youth Extension Service (Project YES), Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS), and the Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management program)

Selected Publications

  • Silliman, B., Edwards, H.C., & Johnson, J.C. (2020). Preparing capable youth workers: The Project YES approach. Journal of Youth Development, 15/(1), 122-149.
  • Silliman, B., Edwards, H.C., & Johnson, J.C. (2020).  Long-term effects of youth work internship: The Project Youth Extension Service approach.  Children & Youth Services Review, 119.
  • Silliman, B., Edwards, H.C., & Johnson, J.C. (2020). Supporting reserve component youth during deployments: The Project Youth Extension Service Model. Marriage and Family Review.
  • Edwards, H.C., Johnson, J.C., Moses, M.G., & Rutledge, C. Project YES Virtual Mentorship Program. Association of Leadership Educators: Cultivating Leadership Education for a Complex World. Charleston, South Carolina: Association of Leadership Educators 27th Annual Conference. July, 2017. 742-748.
  • Johnson, J.C. & Edwards, H.C. Military Teens HELP (Higher Education Leadership Program). Association of Leadership Educators: Prospecting for Leadership. Sacramento, CA: Association of Leadership Educators 26th Annual Conference. June, 2016. 294-299.


BS Technical Management University of Maryland

MBA Business Administration Our Lady of the Lake University

EdD Educational Leadership and Management Capella University

Master Certificate Human Resource Management Villanova University

Master Instructor Certification US Air Force

Occupational Instructor Certification US Air Force

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Program Development and Management
  • Youth Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Development programs