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August 25, 2017

What is Your Vision of Northwest Jacksonville

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 06:45


What is Your Vision of Northwest Jacksonville
by William Jackson
Volunteering with Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone

Can you see the forest for the trees or the people for the
city, can you see the beauty of a community because of its
children, youth, teens and young adults striving to be
successful and contributing to their communities.
Can you see the diversity of a community by it people
as they interact and live each day. There are more positive
things going on in Northwest Jacksonville than people and
even the media think.
Can you see the personal investment and re-investment
of growing business owners and entrepreneurs. New
business owners provide new jobs and even provide hope
for the future of generations that dream of success.
Can you see the opportunity for unity, collaborations,
and educational success in Northwest Jacksonville
or do you see a different version either because you do
not live there or your vision is corrupted by outside
No community is perfect in our wonderful city, each has
its challenges, to many times it is not equally reported
and shared. Do not judge one community because of those
that have lost hope and opportunties.

Do you see the potential of hundreds of elementary,
middle and high school students that attend schools
in the 32209 and surrounding areas? These children,
youth, teens and young adults deserve equitable
educational resources and just as importantly respect
and dignity.
They deserve opportunities for educational, economic
and even political growth that last generations. They
do not deserve judgments when political regimes change
in a city. They deserve the chance to change, not having
law enforcement treat them as second class citizens
and even as threats to the broader community.

What is your vision of Northwest Jacksonville?
Vision can determine your destiny, vision can create
opportunities for advancement and elevation. If you
see yourself growing and put forth the work you will
grow, if you see yourself being elevated and willing
to do the work necessary you will be elevated.
Surround yourself with people that have similar
passions and purpose in life that are productive,
not everyone wants to be an athlete, not eveyone wants
to be entertainment minded. Diverity is a great thing
that needs to be encouraged and engaged.

To many people are threatened by the growth of others
fearing they will lose some of their power and influence.
There is room at the table for everyone to contribute
and aid the people seeking to grow beyond their current
educational, economic and political circumstance.

If you see yourself as sleeping late you ultimately
will, if you see yourself not being able to get out
of bed until after 12:00pm you probably won’t.
If you see the world passing you by it probably is,
you can’t blame anyone, but yourself. If you’re a
parent that allows your child, youth, teens and
young adult to tell you what they don’t want to do
that is positive, productive and has growth potential
you’re a part of the problem not the solution.
If your child does not have a plan for their future
they are planning for failure.

Parents try to share and mold their children’s
direction in life by speaking life into them.
Their words are tempered by their vision on the
present and projections into the future.
Parents have a vision for their children and
work to either guide or force the vision.
It must be asked what vision does the community
have about itself, what does it see in its
capabilities to grow and conintue to mature.
Proper vision should encourage unity, vision should
inspire success so children need to see successful
people in their community and strive to contribute
in the unification.

There are shining lights that are seen throughout
the community so the need is to increase the light
of success on multiple levels and influence the
vision to expand.

When there are issues and challenges vision demands
that they be addressed and not to allow distractions
and deceptions from others that do not share in the
vision of unity, trust and love. The people have a
responsibility to see truth to life that they are
authentic, valuable, and equally important to a city
they live, breathe, pray and work in. The works are
many, and as always only a few are willing to
sacrifice to fulfil the needs, but others benefit that
have lost the vision and need to be helped when necessary.

When the community has a shared vision great things
can be accomplished when there is clear and consistent
vision for everyone. The community grows in power
and purpose. What is the vision of Northwest Jacksonville,
it must be important to all areas of Jacksonville because
we need each area to be successful for Jacksonville
to grow and prosper as a whole.

Appropriately Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone
are striving, working, planning, coordinating, sacrificing,
and collaborating to bring a unified vision for
Northwest Jacksonville inclusive of the diverse zip codes
that embrace a vibrant community.
Vision Keepers Economic Development Committee
Edward Waters College
Health Disparities Building
Facebook @VisionKeepersofNewTown

Community members should volunteer their time to share,
inspire, manifest, and make the vision for Northwest
Jacksonville a reality.
Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone

George Maxie, Executive Director
New Town Success Zone at Edward Waters College

Photos provided by Paul Stewart Photography


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