My Quest To Teach

July 28, 2018

Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone – Transformative Community Engagement

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Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone –
Transformative Community Engagement

by William Jackson, Member of the Social Media Team
with NTSZ and VK
#NewTownSuccessZone #VisionKeepers

Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone have made
transformative changes in the Jacksonville, Florida
community. Impacting individuals, families and the
potential generational challenges that are being faced
across economic, educational, social and generational lines.

There are growing resources and collaborations to strengthen
community unity, building entrepreneurism, encouraging
business ownership, access to business capital, opportunities
for investment and reinvestment and health related information
with collaborations and cooperation with medical professionals
across Jacksonville. Yes there is a great deal to be
involved in contribute, but information must be shared.

There is access to resources and services that help to
provide investment and re-investment opportunities to
build and re-build diverse sections of the community
especially those classified as in-need, under-serviced,
economically stressed, poverty stricken and other descriptions
for challenged neighborhoods. The threat of food deserts is
a reality in the nation and because of FD children are do not
have access to healthy choices.

Business ownership, entrepreneurial design, mental health
services, access to business capital, business educational
resources, training in social media, web development and
even partnerships with community organizations both for
profit and not for profit are opening up. The availability
of resources and services that in many cases are lacking
or unavailable. These needs and more are being filled by
New Town Success Zone and Vision Keepers.

Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone collaborations,
cooperations and monthly meetings are strengthening the
building of small and medium size businesses. The cultural,
gender and ethnic diversity of the community allows for
growth and partnerships as never before seen.
Reaching out to the community using digital technologies,
word of mouth, media elements and even involving students
from the historic Edward Waters College, the oldest HBCU
in Florida.

Information is vital as each generation enters into a
culture of informational awareness and digital access.
Where those who have access to information also have access
to financial growth, economic stability, educational
enhancement and generational wealth. Wealth is obtained,
it is not random, it is not gained from just winning a
lottery, it is a planned and strategic function.

Listed below are blogs written to inspire, engage, educate
and encourage continued growth in the Jacksonville
community especially for those communities that are
economically distressed. Programs are being developed
that address literacy, starting and running a business,
digital access to web development and social media platforms.

Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone can be accessed
by Facebook pages, Instagram and the new web site.
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/VisionKeepersofNewTown/
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/visionkeepersofnewtown/
Phone:
904 470 8899
Email:
wellnessrxjax@gmail.com

Digital information is sharing information that empowers,
educates, engages and enlightens the community. Blogging
or writing is only part of the process to share information.
Social Media platforms supplement a web presence and allow
mobile digital access.

Below are links to blogs written by community engagers,
educators and community activists. Take the time to
view and share information that can build the community.

This is a video blog with Mr. Maxey that set the tone for
the expansion and growth of NTSZ and VK.
https://www.facebook.com/myvillageproject/videos/1602088006486991/

 

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July 23, 2018

WordCamp San Jose – Costa Rica

WordCamp San Jose – Costa Rica
William Jackson and Aida Correa
My Quest To Teach and LoveBuilt Life
#MyQuestToTeach and #LoveBuiltLife
Twitter @wmjackson and @LoveBuiltLife

Flight to Costa Rica

 

July 2, 2018

HBCU Students Are You Ready for WordCamps

Filed under: #Business,#WordCamp,Blacks In Technology,Education,HBCU,Social Media — William Jackson @ 11:45

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HBCU Students Are You Ready for WordCamps
by William Jackson, M.Ed. #MyQuestToTeach
WordCamp:
Speaker, Organizer, Blogger, Sponsor, Advocate

The growth in WordCamp conferences shows an
increased need for HBCU students to learn the
process of web development. The platform of
WordPress covering over 30% of web page
development  globally and growing means that
HBCU students should be following the trends
and changes in web development, graphic design
and even coding. These are growing careers for
HBCU students.

Branding themselves before graduation, Marketing
their abilities as their skills grow, Perception is
important so HBCU students must watch what is
posted online about them and their associations.
Entrepreneurship opens many doors if done right
and strategically, Enterprise Learning where your
knowledge is scalable with the industry as it grows
you grow with it. Networking is vital because word
of mouth (wom) still matters. Strategic Social Media
Planning means you do not have to be on every
platform and use every App. It means have a plan
to place yourself in the right digital places at the
right times. Using Social Media to be involved in your
communities and actively engaged as an activist
for positive and productive change. Digital Innovation
means that your mind is an out of the box mind,
that is continuously learning and growing.
Needless to say since there are less than 3% of
tech businesses that are minority run, minorities
must want to know what other none minorities know
to be successful.

Speaking and attending at WordCamp conferences
promotes your willingness to grow beyond where you
currently are. The engagement of learning and
collaboration can elevate you beyond beginning
level entry jobs, allowing for opportunities to open
that can elevate and enhance you. The potential
to own a business is possible even for youth,
teens and young adults because of the dynamic
platform of WordPress.

Digital media can start a HBCU student on the
path of business ownership not just as a blogger,
but involved in coding, graphic design, project
management, vblogging, podcasting and even
commerce and marketing.
So important are WordCamp conferences that the
corresponding Kids Camps are attended by youth
as young as 7 that already have a mindset of
owing a business in this digital world.
HBCU students Are You Ready for WordCamp
should be a resounding YES.

As a past instructor with Edward Waters College
teaching Educational Technology, Social Media
and STEAM my curriculum embraced not just
my education students, but those in business
and the Arts. Each area has a contribution to be
involved and engaged and share their voices
on a platform that welcomes and encourages
diversity.
To enlighten young minds that even attending
and HBCU students can own a business before
they receive their degrees.
As a sponsor of WordCamps in Nairobi, Nigeria,
South Africa and other places, I’m helping create
a legacy for African educators and those new to
business that have a passion for tech to take them
further than they could dream.

The world is significantly smaller because technology
when applied correctly, strategically, and realistically
can create change in all communities. HBCU students
have the greatest educational and learning resource
that can elevate them towards their dreams even
before they receive their degrees. To many times
in the past HBCU students did not have the skill
base to compete, now they have more than enough
to begin the process for economic and generational
growth and stability.
HBCU Students Are You Ready for WordCamps
WordCamp Central https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/

 

June 13, 2018

The Narrative of Digital Black Stories

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The Narrative of Digital Black Stories
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Social Media, an age of digital communities, communication
and collaboration. Changing the way people will communicate
for generations to come.
Broadcasting on a digital platform that can expand the human
voice. The ability to enhance activism that influences the human
mind and human behaviors.

People of color can expand their voices in so many ways that the
Gutenburg Press could not even begin to match. Parchment,
paper and publication in cyberspace expands and quantifies
the ability to connect with people of like or even different cultures.
From traditional Blogs to Video blogs, from Podcasts to Microblogs,
from Instagram to Facebook. This is not the end there are Apps
and digital platforms that are contributors.
Hashtags create a game changer in the evolution of Social Media,
influencing how people see the world and how people of color
can be perceived online.

The narrative of people of color and their stories can change
with a photo, a video, and a hashtag strategically placed.
My narrative is being followed by students attending my
elementary school and in higher education. It is important to
me about their perceptions and the perceptions that I create
with my digital signature.
Their perception and that of their parents do matter because
my content defines their perception.
The perceptions of my profession as a teacher, community
activist, volunteer, mentor, man, African American male and
even that of a father are influenced.

Narratives are capable of being changed, but perceptions are
delicate. Content creators understand the value of perception,
make sure it is positive and productive because first impressions
and first perceptions are important.
Social Media only shows one part of a person, in our age of
digital engagement what is posted will never go away. The
Narrative of Black stories can be perceived as self-destructive,
culturally destructive and even socially destructive.

Events like Man Up for Health Summit and Prevent Crime In
The Black Community are important events. They set a tone
for education, business, careers and health information.
Churches, youth groups, ministries and any organization that
works with, mentors to and inspires youth, teens and young
adults should be attending events like these, the workshops
provide real and relevant information to help them make rational
and mature decisions.

As a community activist Aida Correa of LoveBuilt Life and I
My Quest To Teach encourage and advocate for education,
proper educational  health care and engagement in the community.
The key is education and learning. Parents help children of all ages
understand that they create the messages society hears on Social
Media. They are judged by their digital voices and content. Change
the perceptions by changing your content.

“Content is King” Bill Gates

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