The Cyber Secure Kids mission is to -
Increase the number of cyber safety aware and responsible young professionals who excel, succeed and impact the cyber security community.
Develop a pipeline of skilled individuals to the cyber security workforce that reflects diversity and promotes inclusion from the classroom to the boardroom.
Cyber Secure Kids took shape once our founder experienced first hand the need for a pipeline of cyber security professionals into the workforce. The jobs are there but they skilled and diverse personnel are not.
She saw the need to expose young people at an early age to prepare them for the college degrees that will get their foot in the door was very necessary. If the curriculum is not in the schools, she is going to create it and bring it to the students and instructors that are willing to learn!
Meet the Team
The core Cyber Secure Kids team consists of subject matter experts (SMEs) in cybersecurity, education and finance. Together they bring a dynamic team with a passion for education, technology, community growth and workforce development.
Tracy Adams Avery
Founder & CEO
Tracy Adams Avery currently serves as a cyber security SME for a Big 4 consulting firm's Federal Cyber Practice, where she specializes in the implementation of security frameworks and complex systems, security integration into the software/system lifecycle, auditing, and cloud services.
As the Founder of Cyber Secure Kids, she has developed curriculum, programs and events introducing, preparing, and equipping elementary through high school age children with the tools to tackle cyber security concepts.
Tracy spent the early years of her career in the Army National Guard and Reserves as a network communications specialist, where she completed her undergraduate degree in computer engineering at Howard University, followed by an M.S. in computer science from The George Washington University.
Jared C. Avery, Ph.D. received his doctoral degree in higher education from Louisiana State University. Dr. Avery has more than 5 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations which includes leading working groups, engaging with policymakers, cultivating partners, and developing grant proposals/reports.
Most recently Jared served as the Associate Director for Access and Success Initiatives with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). Dr. Avery managed collaborative partnerships and initiatives including the HBCU Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Collaborative, the Minority Male STEM Initiative, and the 1890 University Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards.
Angela M. Jennings is a results-driven professional offering over 10 years of financial accounting and consulting experience successfully leading projects and managing teams focused on: compliance, forensic accounting, policy analysis, strategic customer solutions, process improvement and analysis for government agencies and financial service institutions. Angela is recognized as an accomplished leader with strengths in managing teams to build and deliver quality services, solutions as well as prudently managing large projects among diverse business groups. Angela has a record of dependability, adaptability, challenging the status quo and positive attitude.
In addition to client service, Angela is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the work place. She has worked directly with National Advisory Inclusion Leadership and liaised with several members of firm leadership within her current organization to develop and execute strategic objectives for Diversity, Women, and Well-being initiatives.
Cyber Secure Kids is only as great as its supporters. Most of our programming, activities, events and operational costs are made possible because of the support of organizations, grants and great people like you! Share us with your network and let them know that we are working to change the face and fears of STEM!