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JC Johnson, EdD, MBA

National Director, Project Youth Extension Service (YES)

4101 Beryl Road, 210P

Bio

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. https://doi.org/d67h
  • 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.  https://doi.org/d88w
  • 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. https://doi.org/fg3m
  • 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. https://bit.ly/2GlAggk
  • 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. https://bit.ly/32TXKRx

Education

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

Grants

Date: 09/01/19 - 8/31/24
Amount: $2,729,545.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)

Project Youth Extension Service (YES) is a national internship program that engages 25-50 college students motivated to serve the needs of National Guard and Reserve Component (RC) military families during all phases of deployment. Approximately 25-50 college interns receive extensive youth development educational and facilitation skills. In turn, they travel to RC events to deliver youth programs in support of Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program sessions. Project YES provides participating interns direct, experiential opportunities to strengthen their professional knowledge and skills while also meeting the needs of military families impacted by deployment related absences.

Date: 09/01/22 - 8/31/23
Amount: $359,200.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)

The purpose of the CYFAR 4-H Military Partnership Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program is to support the implementation and capacity of the 4-H Military Partnership and Outreach Support Program. Professional development and technical assistance are provided to the land-grant institutions and Cooperative Extension System, so that, in collaboration with other organizations, they are able to develop and deliver educational programs for military-connected youth. The educational programs are to equip military-connected youth in resiliency skills they need to lead positive, productive, and contributing lives. Military-connected youth are inherently at risk from a variety of factors that include: multiple and lengthy deployments by family members, relocation of the family, single partner households, lower income, and family members either not returning home or returning home wounded.

Date: 09/01/21 - 8/31/23
Amount: $305,000.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)

The 4-H/Air Force Partnership Project supports the full time Air Force Youth Development Specialist who works to ensure that 4-H club work and positive youth development training are provided to installations for military dependents globally. This position includes serving on multiple national and regional committees as well as scheduling and conducting training, in both face-to-face and virtual environments, to ensure that direct care delivery staff members have resources and skills to deliver 4-H youth development programming effectively

Date: 09/01/19 - 8/31/23
Amount: $1,726,200.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)

The purpose of the CYFAR 4-H Military Partnership Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program is to support the implementation and capacity of the 4-H Military Partnership and Outreach Support Program. Professional development and technical assistance are provided to the land-grant institutions and Cooperative Extension System, so that, in collaboration with other organizations, they are able to develop and deliver educational programs for military-connected youth. The educational programs are to equip military-connected youth in resiliency skills they need to lead positive, productive, and contributing lives. Military-connected youth are inherently at risk from a variety of factors that include: multiple and lengthy deployments by family members, relocation of the family, single partner households, lower income, and family members either not returning home or returning home wounded.

Date: 06/01/21 - 8/31/22
Amount: $54,718.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Justice (DOJ)

The 4-H National Mentoring Program mission is to assist in the further development and maturity of community programs serving at risk, high risk, or underserved youth populations. Overarching program goals are to improve outcomes for at-risk-high-risk, or underserved youth and reduce negative outcomes, including juvenile delinquency and gang participation, improve academic performance, and reduce school drop-out rates through mentoring. The program implements enhanced practices that enrich positive outcomes and further aligns with research and evidence on effective mentoring. The objective of the program is to direct one-on-one, group (up to but not to exceed 4 youth to one mentor, peer (age 15 or older) , or a combination of these types of mentoring services, to underserved youth populations for 12 consecutive months.

Date: 09/01/16 - 8/31/21
Amount: $2,890,910.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)

Project Youth Extension Service (Project YES) is a collegiate program that engages approximately 25-50 young people from selected universities, supported by Extension, military or college professionals to deliver leadership and educational program for youth of military families. College students with 4-H, CES, or military family backgrounds have the potential to strengthen their knowledge, skills and potential to meet the needs of young people in communities with significant military presence and military families impacted by military-related absences or deployments.

Date: 03/01/20 - 7/31/21
Amount: $54,219.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Justice (DOJ)

*Abstract: (a short, non-technical text summary--maximum 5,000 characters--For Public Release): The 4-H National Mentoring Program mission is to assist in the further development and maturity of community programs serving at risk, high risk, or underserved youth populations. Overarching program goals are to improve outcomes for at-risk-high-risk, or underserved youth and reduce negative outcomes, including juvenile delinquency and gang participation, improve academic performance, and reduce school drop-out rates through mentoring. The program implements enhanced practices that enrich positive outcomes and further aligns with research and evidence on effective mentoring. The objective of the program is to direct one-on-one, group (up to but not to exceed 4 youth to one mentor, peer (age 15 or older) , or a combination of these types of mentoring services, to underserved youth populations for 12 consecutive months.

Date: 01/01/19 - 7/31/21
Amount: $357,108.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)

This funding provides support for the Navy Youth Development Specialist to engage with bases and installations to provide technical assistance for the child and youth services personnel. The focus is to ensure knowledge and skills as well as resources to implement and access 4-H youth development materials and curriculum. The person in this position also provides professional development in support of all youth support services.

Date: 03/01/19 - 7/31/20
Amount: $53,144.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Justice (DOJ)

The 4-H National Mentoring Program mission is to assist in the further development and maturity of community programs serving at risk, high risk, or underserved youth populations. Overarching program goals are to improve outcomes for at-risk-high-risk, or underserved youth and reduce negative outcomes, including juvenile delinquency and gang participation, improve academic performance, and reduce school drop-out rates through mentoring. The program implements enhanced practices that enrich positive outcomes and further aligns with research and evidence on effective mentoring. The objective of the program is to direct one-on-one, group (up to but not to exceed 4 youth to one mentor, peer (age 15 or older) , or a combination of these types of mentoring services, to underserved youth populations for 12 consecutive months.

Date: 09/01/12 - 8/31/17
Amount: $3,370,909.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)

Project Youth Extension Service (Project YES) is a collegiate program that engages approximately twenty-five young people from selected universities, support by Extension professionals to deliver leadership and educational program for youth of military families. College students with 4-H or similar backgrounds have the potential to strengthen their knowledge, skills and potential to meet the needs of young people in communities with significant military presence.


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