National CARES Mentoring Movement founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Essence magazine, Susan Taylor (wearing red coat), met at the Department of Agriculture (seen here) and the Department of Energy for a cross-departmental discussion, in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. At the table are, (left â right at table) Agricultureâs National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Institute of Youth, Family and Community Assistant Director (Acting) Caroline Crocoll, Ph.D., National Defense Universityâs Visiting Professor from the National Nuclear Security Administration Dr. Njema J Frazier, Energyâs Office of Economic Impact and Diversity Special Assistant to the Director Saba Abebe, Agriculture Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Dr. Joe Leonard, PCT Companies co-founder & Vice Chairman Michael D. Walker, Susan Taylor, White House Public Engagement Associate Director Heather Foster, Virginia State University School of Agriculture Interim Dean Jewel E. Hairston, Ph.D., Department of Energyâs Amber Higgins and Gloria Smith. This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to recruiting and connecting mentors with local youth and mentoring organizations to help guide under-resourced children to academic and social success across the country. This discussion provided a continuation of the White House Policy in Action conference that took place in November 2011. The focus of the discussion was about how existing federal programs and administration priorities can be leveraged with her organization, especially as it relates to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) literacy, education and rural youth. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
May 20, 2014