At our core, we are activists working to change systems and create opportunities for marginalized communities.

I Know I Can Institute

BCS & Associates Consulting Firm, in partnership with the City of Lynchburg, Virginia established the I KNOW I CAN INSTITUTE (the “Institute”) in 2017. The goal of the Institute is to provide socio-economically disadvantaged high school students with job training, educational opportunities, life skills, and cultural experiences. The Institute seeks to enhance students’ ability to thrive in their academic, employment, and personal lives. Dr. Starks’ approach for the Institute is grounded in research and has been effective in achieving positive academic outcomes for youth who live in high poverty areas.

More About The Institute
Facilitated Sessions

Students will participate in facilitated sessions such as:

  • Effective Communication
  • Cultivating Critical Thinking Skills, and
  • How our Differences Provide Strength
Interactive Learning

The facilitated sessions are coupled with team building sessions, a community service project and exposure to performing and cultural arts.

Professional Preparation

Students take part in programs geared towards developing them as well-rounded professionals, including financial literacy, resume building/interview workshops, and college tours.

Ropes Course at Lynchburg College

NASA Space Grant

NASA initiated the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, also known as Space Grant, in 1989. Space Grant is a national network of colleges and universities. These institutions are working to expand opportunities for Americans to understand and participate in NASA’s aeronautics and space projects by supporting and enhancing science and engineering education, research and public outreach efforts.

Since 2011, BCS and Associates is pleased to have worked with several organizations to increase the number of under-represented minorities participating in Space Grant Consortia across the United States. We are especially appreciative of our partnership with the Delaware Space Grant Consortium supporting this initiative.