I Know I Can Institute

I KNOW I CAN INSTITUTE (the “Institute”) was established by BCS & Associates Consulting Firm, in partnership with the City of Lynchburg, Virginia 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.

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Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Miller Center Lynchburg, VA

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FACILITATED SESSIONS

Students will participate in facilitated sessions such as:
Effective Communication
Cultivating Critical Thinking Skills, and
How our Differences Provide Strength
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INTERACTIVE LEARNING

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

Hands on Learning for Long Term Results

Take a look at our sessions from this academic year.

Effective Communication Workshop:  Enthusiasm and Attitude
Michelline Hall
Nov 04, 2017

Effective Communication Workshop: Enthusiasm and Attitude

Effective Communication Workshop: Enthusiasm and Attitude Construct: Identity/Culture November 4, 2017 Instructor: Dr. Starks

History of Lynchburg & Communication through Storytelling
Michelline Hall
Nov 18, 2017

History of Lynchburg & Communication through Storytelling

History of Lynchburg at the Lynchburg Museum Communication through Storytelling at the Anne Spencer Museum Construct: Culture November 18, 2017 Facilitators : Doug Harvey & Shaun Spencer

A Family Holiday Extravaganza + Dinner
Michelline Hall
Dec 05, 2017

A Family Holiday Extravaganza + Dinner

A Family Holiday Extravaganza featuring the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra December 17, 2017 Construct: Diversity The concert at 3:00 P.M. features music from favorite holiday movies: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, featuring Edward Daryl Duff, Baritone, singing “He’s A Mean One, Mr. Grinch!”  Frozen, …

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4 CONSTRUCTS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

 

IDENTITY | CULTURE | DIVERSITY | RESPECT

IDENTITY

The lens through which one uses to see him/ herself as a unique individual; the lens through which society sees/views individuals and/or groups which may be grounded in labels, stereotypes, and biases.

CULTURE

The beliefs, values, norms, customs, language, and heritage of a particular group that are essential to their identity that they use to navigate life/the world without apologizing; often passed down from generation to generation.

DIVERSITY

A set of beliefs that value differences in perspectives, identities,
backgrounds, religion, sexual orientation/preference, lifestyles, cultures, languages, etc.; includes yet is more than race, gender and class. Differences are our strengths it makes everyone better.

RESPECT

Treating yourself and everyone in high regard by appreciating and valuing difference when it comes to identity, culture and diversity.

14
Students Enrolled
15
Number of Sessions
12
Guest Educators and Industry Leaders

“Be the Messenger.”

Dr. Brian Chad Starks, Founder

Who We Are

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.

The Institute’s inaugural year began in September 2017 with 14 students representing each of the high schools in the City of Lynchburg. For approximately eight months, students will be introduced to the four constructs found in Dr. Starks’ Social Justice Framework. The Framework will help students develop a full understanding of themselves, their surroundings and the unlimited opportunities available to them through the exploration of identity, culture, diversity and respect.

Who Are BCS & Associates

 

BCS & Associates Consulting Firm (BCS) is committed to achieving social justice and equity. The firm is led by Dr. Brian Chad Starks and works to cultivate deep diversity and cultural competency while providing resources and opportunities to marginalized communities. Consultants with diverse backgrounds bring passion and experience in criminal justice, education, and human resources. BCS and Associates is dedicated to maintaining a strong ethic of care and developing effective partnerships to tackle complex issues. The company’s primary philosophy, which influences all of the work at BCS, is that each individual has the opportunity to “Be the Messenger” on another person’s journey to academic, career, and personal success.