My Quest To Teach

October 16, 2017

Jacksonville Goes To College To Prepare for the Future

Jacksonville Goes To College To Prepare for the Future
The Jacksonville Goes to College event was filled with
the excitement of students from all walks of life and
even grade levels discovering areas of study and
potential careers for the future. As in previous year’s
recruiters, advisors, instructors and administrators
from over 100 higher educational and vocational
institutions put on their best to attract the best and
brightest students that Duval County Public Schools
and surrounding school districts have to offer. Even
those students that are struggling academically learned
of tutoring and enrichment services at schools, working
to make higher education available despite academic
challenges.
Along with the excitement of students were the
worries, concerns and planning of parents and a
growing number of grandparents praying, planning
and proactively seeking how to finance a college or
university education for their children.
Remembering my similar journey with my son
a graduate of FAMU, now attending Florida
State University and my daughter attending
University of Central Florida, the gifts of
scholarships and grants was very welcomed,
this would be a blessing for my children’s mother
and I and decreased the worry of financial aid.
Lessons learned can be overheard by the questions
of students and parents to recruiters sharing valuable
information. Some of the important lessons are not to
wait, apply early and make sure monies are available
for fees that need to be paid immediately. Girls should
consider STEAM/STEM fields because jobs are growing
faster than the demand for skilled knowledge based
fields.  A girls mind is her opportunity to enter a high
paying and leadership role in careers only thought of
for men, the number of qualified men are dropping.
Virtual Reality and Gaming are top industry areas that
African Americans, Latino and other cultures of color
need to consider for careers.
Developing games, graphics design and virtual reality
are the areas that allow for great creativity, high
incomes and traveling, learning how to develop new
games that dazzle the senses and inspire people to put
down money to purchase games that many times are
global in playing.
African American, Latino and other culturally diverse
parents and students need to speak to guidance
counselors early before their office hours are filled
with panicked students that waited to the last
minute to fill out financial aid and entrance
applications. There are thousands of scholarships
available, but many do have deadlines fast approaching.
Many parents use the tools offered by
Ashley Hill‏ of Prep for college
Web http://www.collegeprepready.com 
On Twitter #collegechat to help find the right scholarship
for the right areas of study and the right career
choice.
Parents need to be proactive in their efforts in
preparation, what are their children talented
in, their skills strength and academic and
creative talents.  Sometimes even starting in
the 8th grade to see what environment their
child or children will fit in. Students may want to
attend a large university for the glamour, but need
a small or middle size school that has a low teacher
to student ratio. The goal of higher education
is to graduate with a viable skill set not to party,
and play.
D’yani Jones a sophomore attending Andrew Jackson
High School knows she is interested in many areas
of technology and is looking early at schools that have
low ratios and high end tech facilities. Her sister Sha’ni
wants to be a veterinarian and looking at schools that
guide her to fulfilling her dreams of being a business
owner of her own pet store and animal hospital.
Parents need to talk to their children on a regular basis
as Ceolo Lewis, D’yani and Sha’ni mother to under-
stand how to help their children gain their dreams.
Parents should be able to facilitate the learning in and
out of school to develop the whole child and work with
teachers, administrators and guidance counselors.
Learning about financial aid early, when and where
to apply for scholarships, grants and the value
of paid, unpaid internships. A parent’s financial
history does have a big effect on their children receiving
subsidized help. Even if parents themselves did not
attend college they should do everything they can to
help their children achieve their goals.
Start early and ask lots of questions to get the
answers you need.


Resources for Scholarships:
Ashley Hill‏ @prepforcollege
Scholarship are all around.
Web http://www.collegeprepready.com 
On Twitter #collegechat

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October 14, 2017

The Vision of Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone

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The Vision of Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone
William Jackson – Community Activist, Educator
Social Media Visionary

The vision of “Vision Keepers” is spreading throughout the communities
of Jacksonville, Florida. People of color and culture are beginning to
understand that in order to create change, individuals must be
“Change Agents.”
Change comes first in the thought process of critically thinking where
you are currently in education, economics, commerce, and political
effective or ineffectiveness.
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow
belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X
The realization of the importance of the human experience that each
person is important. If you are not present what change have you or
are you creating? If your not present will you be missed? Have you
made any changes in your community to make your community safer,
economically worth investmenting in and what kind of generational
difference have you made?
There is program, upon program, the same people are working hard
to create, build, make and sometimes force change. Change will not
happen until collectively the community joins together not just
for a month, a year or even a decade. That change must be sustainable
and scalable to where generationaly the change affects everyone
in positive and productive ways. People in the community must have
ownership and held accountable for the change to remain
and more importantly grow.
“Don’t condemn if you see a person has a dirty glass of water, just
show them the clean glass of water that you, or someone else has.
When they inspect it, you won’t have to say that yours is better.”
This should motivate them to want to do better, to reach their
potential. Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone are making changes in
the thinking of entreprenurials and business owners. Programs are
in place to help those with the thoughts, ideas, creativity and
innovation to create businesses that effect the community, changes
that bring about growth, pride, dignity and self-reliance on the
ability to provide products and services that are
in need in the community.
“Adults in the African American community must embrace their
talents and gifts, show their children that they are blessed with
their individual talents. Embrace failure because that allows for
growth. Never be afraid to fail…..”
William Jackson, Social Media Visionary
Entrepreneurials are realizing there are people that can help
build a business from the ground up. Provide the financial infra-
structure and the technical know how to establish a foundation of
sustainability and profits.
Businesses are being designed to provide what is needed in
re-investment, but also to make profits that can be re-invested
in the community, that can be invested in youth, teens and young
adults in programs that are not born yet and provide internship
and scholarships to provide access to educational opportunities.
In order for change to happen citizens must attend the meetings
that Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone provides freely
and enthusiastically to the community. To invest and re-invest
in oneself is the first step to growth and establishing a change
that people want to see when they look in the mirror or see in
their bank accounts.
The feelings in too many cases are that more police will change
communities, stricter gun laws, locking up youth, teens and
young adults that commit even minor crimes and the school to
prison pipeline debate continues. These do not work.
The reality is that increased educational opportunities do work,
exposure to business and entrepreneurial opportunities for youth,
teens and young adults to start their own businesses do work.
Teaching children and teens that writing, poetry, blogging,
coding, web development can open doors to new careers.
Providing business mentors and role models do work and
even allowing youth, teens and young adults to take field
trips and providing professionals to visit the schools more
often to talk to students and answer questions does work.
Depending on who you talk to, too many do not see the value
of children of color and culture, too many have already passed
judgement before allowing education, business, commerce and
economic changes to work.
No society can survive on the “lock them up mentality”
because the reflection will fall back on what skills will our
youth, teens and young adults have when released from prison
if they are not trained to stay out of prison they will
repeat.
“Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed
of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are
so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,’ and therefore so shrinking
and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail.
Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The beauty of the power of communication and observation,
instead of competition try collaboration and cooperation
for the same goals and VISION. Work together to improve
the community not fight to own it.
“Anytime you find someone more successful than you are,
especially when you’re both engaged in the same business
you know they’re doing something that you aren’t.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

William Jackson (2)

Resources:
There are business learning opportunities already taking place, the community
must want to participate to improve themselves.
http://thyblackman.com/2017/09/28/21-business-take-aways-from-vision-keepers/

Business and Social Media Workshop
Vision Keepers Economic Development Meeting
Monday, October 16th 2017
6pm to 8:40pm
Bring your own Hotspot….

September 11, 2017

STEM and its Influence in Africa Students

STEM and its Influence in Africa Students
by William Jackson STEM/STEAM Advocate
Twitter @wmjackson
As more students become interested in dynamic careers that
require skills that apply Science Technology Engineering
and Math African nations have begun to accept the growing
STEM educational opportunities that men and women are
providing in their respective nations. STEM and STEAM
are applied educational initiatives that have a foundation
in the scientific models, but integrate hands-on learning,
team work, building leadership skills and incorporate
higher order and critical thinking skills.

Africa rich in natural resources is increasing its STEM and
STEAM opportunities to increase generational opportunities
to contribute to the growth in economics, commerce, education
and global trade that will benefit and increase Africa’s
influence globally. Africa can not continue to rely on foreign
investments only that place it deeper and deeper in debt to
others that in many cases still do not respect the African
citizen and their generational place in building Africa,
their homeland.

The more African’s are involved in STEM and STEAM the more
they can assure they will have a stake in how their nations
and continent are growing and influential in the diverse
markets and even foreign investments by outside nations.
“I believe more women should be in STEM roles because
of the message it sends to younger girls. Some of the
girls think they can’t because they haven’t really
seen a lot of women who do the jobs they want to do.”
Leticia Oppong shares her journey from being an intern
to a field engineer at GE Africa.
Statements made by Leticia Oppong ring a new bell of change
for girls that in the past have not been included in
the educational engagement and empowerment of STEM
that requires hands-on learning, experimentation and even
mentors. There are growing numbers of African women
that are role models and mentors ready to share their
knowledge and experiences to build future “Agents of STEM.”

Developing the necessary critical and higher order thinking
skills that are applied to problem solving and even complex
thinking in the development of new ways to harness
natural sources of energy and exploration in new areas
of engineering and tech that are needed
to forge Africa as a global influencer.

The growing news reports in Africa.com and other media are
showing that STEM and STEAM are being celebrated to inspire
boys and girls that they can be whatever they dream. The
resources and people are available to help them move from
dreams to reality to the implementation of their developing
skills and talents.

There are Nigerian robotics entrepreneurs who are founding
new robotic companies like Surrogate Robotics Nigeria.
“I thought if you start when you’re really young to find
models to solve real world problems using robotics and
artificial intelligence, when you get older you’ll have
that confidence to approach problem solving.”
Christian Chime – Surrogate Robotics Nigeria
http://skillsdevelopment.africa.com/robots-giving-head-start-on-stem/

The key parts of STEM and STEAM are solving real world
problems that help to build the continent and build the
confidence of rising youth, teens and young adults who
are excited about the ability to create change.

The building of critical thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs,
and inventors in Africa will build the continent’s economic
structure to engage more individuals that have the
knowledge and understanding to attack the challenges that
have plagued Africa and meet future challenges.
African higher educational institutions now see their
responsibilities in building new generation of STEM innovators.
Educational institutions are being held accountable in adapting
their instruction to address the need for students to be
prepared as future STEM advocates and leaders.

Even in countries like Somalia the rise of innovation hubs
https://qz.com/1071505/
irise-hub-the-first-innovation-hub-in-somalia-has-opened-in-mogadishu/
making digital waves across a country devastated by wars and
poverty. Integrating the #SomaliaRising hashtag to show the
growth of collaboration and connections.
Founder Abdihakim Ainte, “iRise,” states, “there’s an increased
need for these kinds of spaces in order to realize the full
potential of Somalia’s technology sector.”
The vision is bright for the growth of technology and the
building of hubs that encourage and support new ways of
applying, integrating, creating and building an avenue
that supports innovation.

One of the dynamic aspects of tech integration is cell phone
technology that allows for communication and access to global
resources. This is allowing young entrepreneurs to share their
knowledge and build connections that encourage the creation
of new companies and business initiatives.

STEM, STEAM, STREAM, STEMsquared and other related initiatives
are empowering, Africans with the platforms and tools needed
to make their dreams realities and to be the future employers
that create wealth and economic, educational and generational
progress and stability.

Resources:
Somalia just unveiled its first tech innovation hub
by Abdi Latif Dahir
September 07, 2017 Quartz africa
Twitter: @qzafrica

Robots are Giving Nigerian Children a Head-Start on STEM
http://skillsdevelopment.africa.com/robots-giving-head-start-on-stem/

NGOs Focusing on STEM Skills Development in Africa
http://skillsdevelopment.africa.com/ngos-focusing-on-stem-skills/

WAAW Foundation
Working to Advance African Women (WAAW)
Lagos-headquartered company inspires African women to be innovators.

Her2Voice
Her2Voice was founded in 2013 by six Rwandan women who share the
same vision of fighting for gender equality and inspiring girls.

@iLabAfrica
Located at Kenya’s Strathmore University, @iLabAfrica
Research and incubation facility that promotes technological
innovation and supports entrepreneurship programmes.

The Visiola Foundation
Mentors young girls and women in the STEM fields to create a
generation of leaders who will help transform African economies.

GirlHype
Girlhype has reached more than ten thousand girls and
introduced them to opportunities in computing and engineering.

JJiguene Tech Hub
Established in 2007 with the aSenegal’s first technology hub
run by and for women. Jjiguene means “woman” in Wolof, the
most widely spoken language in the country.
Addressing the shortage of ICT skills in Ghana.

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