My Quest To Teach

April 30, 2017

POWHERFUL Women and BROTHERHOOD of MEN

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POWHERFUL Women and BROTHERHOOD of MEN
Girl Version 

by William Jackson
Twitter @wmjackson
Blogging #MyQuestToTeach

The recent summits for teen and young adults in Jacksonville
shows that the community understands the need for engagement
with young ladies and young men of this city and Northeast
Florida.
To build leaders, strengthen community, encourage personal
self-esteem and the importance of applied educational knowledge
to help young ladies and young men build into leaders and
activists.
High schools; private, public and charter were represented
well by the participants that showed young people in Jacksonville
are among the best and brightest in the nation.
Both teen and young adult women and men need to understand the
value of applying their learning to potential careers and
future growth in economics, commerce, business, politics,
community services and as entrepreneurs that will run businesses
employing their peers.
Education is not just gained in school classrooms; networking
is a learned skill and having self-esteem, self-respect,
life goals and long term aspirations is vital.
The POWHERFUL and I CHOOSE BROTHERHOOD summits each empower
their unique audience of teens and young adults geared to
that audience. The diversity of attendance represents the
cultural diversity of Northeast Florida and that all cultures
are valuable and contibute to the success of our city.
Each summit had local and national influencers in a various
industries that draw local and national attention to issues
important to teens and young adults.
Summits like these touch on a broader audience and has
a ripple affect in teens and young adults becoming themselves
influencers and smart creatives in their community and schools.
The unique nature of each summit is that there were not gender
distractions. POWHERFUL was dedicated to young ladies and
I CHOOSE BROTHERHOOD dedicated to young men.
Jacksonville needs to continue to provide summits, workshops,
and conferences that focus on teens and young adult issues,
they cannot be ignored nor denied the constitutional rights
they are guaranteed of opportunities of speak and assembly.
Jacksonville is learning that issues are not settled by law
enforcement, laws, curfews or other legislative embargoes.
Children, youth, teens and young adults need interactive
engagement with the adults in their lives to talk about
the issues that are important to them.
As a parent, educator, mentor and community activist the best
results are gained by caring and showing that you do care about
young people by being engaged and active. Society can only be
best served when our children, teens and young adults know
that they can be seen and heard.

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Resources:
POWHERFUL – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook = @powherfulfdn
Soledad O’Brien, Starfish Foundation – Twitter @soledadobrien
Sheba Turk , News Anchor – Twitter @shebaturk
Akia Uwanda , Entertainer and Entrepreneur
FB – akiauwandaentertainer – Twitter – @akiauwanda

Videos:
Akia Uwanda how she started her career
https://youtu.be/eMLFq_Vs0AM
Blue Print for Success
https://youtu.be/lkI4TnMoy1Q
Financial Aid for Higher Education
https://youtu.be/rmDMpz0AGSU
First Step to get Money
https://youtu.be/JQIdQbKvbn8
Free Money for School
https://youtu.be/RMc0e2Mh2s8
Getting Loans for Higher Education
https://youtu.be/38Fjt7ITmas
How to Address Bullying In School
https://youtu.be/fr4NmN09WYM
Scholarships for Higher Education
https://youtu.be/sgyfi7cthtA
Starting A Music Career Akia Uwanda
https://youtu.be/gABGgFXpFKU
Starting Your Careers
https://youtu.be/cNI_lnSiXdY
The Stress of Bullying
https://youtu.be/PEfNaVqTzns

My Photos:
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/POWHERFUL%202017/story

 

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April 10, 2017

Parents What You Don’t know about Social Media Can Hurt Your Kids

Parents What You Don’t know about Social Media Can Hurt Your Kids
by William Jackson – williamderekjackson@gmail.com
Educator, Blogger, Social Media Visionary and Speaker
#MyQuestToTeach

 

 

 

 

 

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Speaking to the youth and teens attending the
Social Media workshop at The Bridge of Northeast
Florida, the third this year. Educating these elementary
and middle school students about the seriousness of
posting content on un-monitored Social Media platforms
and using digital tools that could put them in danger of
Cyberstalking, CyberPorn, CyberBullying and Sexting.

Even at this young age some students admit they have
been bullied online and know of situations where people
have been stalked from strangers.
Parents must check Social Media accounts their children
use, check phones for photos, video and other digital
information to keep their children from getting “caught up”
in mess that can cause physical and emotional harm and
even involved in law enforcement investigations.

Schools must now have safeguards and policies to keep
students in all grades from posting information like
location, who they are with and what they are doing to keep
from being followed. It is important for parents to Google
their children from time to time to keep them safe and not
have their children associated with those even online that
are involved in drugs, gangs, Sexting, pornography,
bullying and human trafficking.

These actions may affect the ability to enter college, the
military and even affect credit scores in the future. The
misunderstanding is that if a Social Media site is deleted
this will “hide” them. Social Media platforms archive all
their information, backup their backups thus data is never
deleted or lost.

The Bridge of Northeast Florida has placed a high priority
to educate their students from K to High School because
student safety physical, mental and emotional are being
impacted by the choices that are being made because of
Social Media activities. Cynthia Gibson and her staff
coordinating the workshops understand that children are
at serious risk and many parents just don’t understand the
technology.

Her proactive measures may mean keeping a child from
Sexting that can ruin their personal, digital and future
professional reputations. Keeping students from Cyber-
bullying that may cause others to consider suicide because
they feel abandoned and friendless.

Educator and Social Media consultant and visionary
William Jackson of My Quest To Teach are speaking at
conferences, workshops, school events and churches to
help parents understand the dangers and even the benefits
of Social Media platforms and tools to keep children and
families save.

Teaching over 20 years in elementary and higher education,
speaking, blogging nationally and internationally and having
a strong PLN (Professional Learning Network) helps to gain
and share information that can empower parents and engage
students about both sides of Social Media the light and the
dark.

DCPS Launches New Safety Hotline
The Early Learning Coalition of Duval is asking families to
take the “Unplug and Connect” pledge by putting down
the mobile devices to spend increased quality time with their
children. Instead of focusing attention on a digital device, do
an activity that allows you to have a closer connection with
your family without the distractions of a wired world.
To take the pledge, visit www.earlylearningjax.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Resources:

Jacksonville’s ONE-STOP early learning resource.
ELC Duval – Twitter: @ELCDuval
Jacksonville, FL
Web: http://EarlyLearningJax.org

The Bridge of Northeast Florida
1824 N. Pearl Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
General Information
Phone: 904-354-7799 Fax: 904-354-6352
Email to: info@bridgejax.com
http://www.bridgejax.com/

February Workshop 2017

March 10, 2017

Teaching Our Youth To Be Cautious On Social Media

Teaching Our Youth To Be Cautious On Social Media
by William Jackson speaking at
The Bridge of Northeast Florida

Recent deaths by suicide on Social Media,
the use of drugs and alcohol
as glamorous and exciting, sexual exploitation,
Sexting, Cyberbullying, threats, intimidation and
the use of Social Media to make political threats
and accusations is sending the wrong message
to youth, teens and young adults.

The availability of learning experiences should never be denied to youth
and teens with technology. In the world of digital communication, diverse
Social Media platforms and tools, Apps that allow for instant access to
family and friends tech can be both good and bad. Technology influences
the So Lo Mo of life: So – social engagement of youth and teens,
Lo – access to local activities and events, Mo – mobile technologies that
move with youth and teens so they are always connected.

The Bridge of Northeast Florida (Cynthia Gibson) and William Jackson
(educator, trainer and speaker) have provided dedicated workshops
addressing Sexting, Bullying, Cyberbullying and STEM/STEAM
along with the value of HBCUs in higher education and career
development.
Even at the elementary and middle school age youth need to learn the
dangers of being online and giving out personal and even family information.
How people try to gain their friendship online, try to manipulate them
mentally and emotionally putting themselves and their families in dangerous
situations.

Sexting has consequences and that a wrong choice can follow them a
lifetime and ruin a career, building a family and even in this age of digital
commerce can have unforeseen influences with personal credit and entrance
into higher education, military service and stable employment.
Information never goes away and can cause legal problems even jail time
and labeling when involved in Sexting or child pornography. Parents need
to check their children’s phones from time to time, but many are too afraid
of the response from their children.
The plus side is understanding how positive and empowering STEM is and
influence life for children.

Science Technology Engineering and Math can be seen from the examples
of Hidden Figures and that there are local role models like Taylor Richardson
who are working to be NASA astronauts and travel to Mars and the stars.
Students during the discussion phase are unfortunately being told that Blacks
have never been into space and they are not “smart” enough to be involved
in high tech careers. Parents more than ever before need to talk to their
children about their career choices, the value of education and why/how
STEM can help them achieve their goals as adults.

Parents need to take their children to museums, libraries and cultural events
so their children are exposed to educational opportunities and services as
The Bridge offers to the community of Jacksonville, Florida.
The Bridge of Northeast Florida provides many services to prepare future
leaders that are children in our schools and communities now, preparing them
to lead in the future as current leaders age and retire.

Children of color and culture should be educated, mentored and see positive
role models as examples of what can be achieved. In The Bridge they
see these and more by presentations, speakers, role models and mentoring.
Children of color should know who the first Black woman and Black man where
to fly into space, who the other firsts of their cultures are and not be told that
Blacks have not accomplished great things in history. The truth is out there
and children can use technology to learn and grow from it, but they must be
given positive information. Community programs like The Bridge are needed
more because of the false information being feed to youth, teens and young
adults about their potential for success and being beneficial to their communities.
The chaos they sometimes see and hear either in real life or through the
media cannot be controlled, but with efforts by The Bridge and others
children can be guided, mentored and educated in the right way.

Resources:
The Bridge of Northeast Florida
http://www.bridgejax.com/
NASA Kids Club
https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html
Taylor Richardson
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-39060043
Hidden Figures No More – NPR
http://www.npr.org/2016/12/16/505569187/hidden-figures-no-more-meet-the-black-women-who-helped-send-america-to-space
How Black Women Did The Math
http://www.npr.org/2016/09/25/495179824/hidden-figures-how-black-women-did-the-math-that-put-men-on-the-moon
Seeing More Women of Color
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/09/octavia-spencer-people-of-colour-hidden-figures-diversity

November 7, 2016

The Difference with Fathers and Sperm Donors

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The Difference with Fathers and Sperm Donors
by William Jackson
Father – not sperm donor
Educator – professional
Blogger – national and international

Fathers unless you have your house in order
do not complain or ridicule your brother’s house.
The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in
their proverb: Onye ji onye n’ani ji onwe ya: “
He who will hold another down in the mud
must stay in the mud to keep him down.”
The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays

“Fathers, it is time to lift our children, our families,
our culture, our communities from the mud of poverty,
ignorance, death and destruction.”
William Jackson – My Quest To Teach

Fathers have a choice to be a blessing or a curse
to their children, to lead them to a life of safety and
growth or condemn them to potential death
sentences of poverty, ignorance and no societal,
economic and political voice. They (fathers) are
supposed to be the foundation, the rock that their
families can stand on during the storms of life and
the challenges that they will face. The national
deaths by violence of children, teens and young
adults by their peers are a signal that parents
are not doing their jobs and too many fathers
are not parenting, fathering, guiding and mentoring.

 


There is work to do in the community, too many
fathers are counter-productive and adding to the
troubles their communities are facing.
Fathers are influential in the social and educational
directions of their children, they set the tones for
social interaction, establishing the direction of their
children and others around them.

Fathers must teach developing social skills and
humbleness that boys and girls developing into
men and women will need. Children are modeling
their father’s insecurities, negativeness in mentality
and social actions. The father is the model whether
at home or not, looking at the communities of
color and culture too many fathers are not
involved or do not care.

Social skills are not just necessary social
requirements; they are the patterns of behaviors
for survival that boys and girls of color and culture
will need to know in order to grow in a society
that is still struggling with boys and girls of
diversity and color. The directions of life take
many twists and turns for youth especially
youth of color.

This is NOT another hate the system or hate
the government blog, nor is it a blog on what
the educational system is not accomplishing.
This blog addresses the responsibilities of
men in the village to re-evaluate and
re-prioritize their thinking and to be of service
to their communities.

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The Nigerian author Chinua Achebe through
his writings tries to teach men that positive
emotions to their children are beneficial and
“do not
 fear being thought weak as a man
because men show emotions, they should to
establish a connection with their families.
Men have a right that extends to the
accountability and responsibility to be involved
in their children’s educational growth and social
development. How can men attend sporting
events in support of their children, but cannot
consistently volunteer, visit, mentor, support
their children’s schools that are preparing
them for life in this nation?

Achebe shares, (fathers) “do not show any
human emotions and sentiments so as not to
be seen as weak,” are creating un-caring
societies where children are forgetting the
value of love, compassion, sympathy and
honor. Men do not have to cry to show
emotions, but should hug and kiss their children,
just as African men have done for centuries.

How many men can blame the State Attorney’s
Office and law enforcement if they won’t “man up
handling their “business” and parental responsibilities
in raising their children? Prisons are not Day
Cares, Learning Centers, Enrichment Organizations;
how many men visit their  children that are
incarcerated, how many men are proactive to teach
their children that prison is the wrong direction to go.

Fathers instead of speaking against schools need
to volunteer in them, work with teachers and
administrators to make sure all students are
successful. Learning starts at home and fathers
need to be responsible for this happening and
continuing. What father would want their child
to learn from the streets and face incarceration
or even death from the hands of their brothers?

Fathers need to be involved in a dialogue that
teaches with love and wisdom, young fathers
need help in understanding they are important in
their child’s life-long development.  An appropriate
quote from Nigeria that the late Achebe shares,
People who do not seek their fellow human beings’
help when in danger or difficulty are therefore
animalistic.”

Too many children are in need of mentors, guidance
and direction that can come from men that see children
as a future investment. Fathers cannot just be sperm
donors. Spreading their seed without being held
accountable and responsible.

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Children should be seen holding their fathers hands
and involved in activities that build critical thinking
skills, encourage problem solving abilities and
promote higher order thinking that creates language
development, increased vocabulary and appreciation
for being intelligent. “People say that if you find water
rising up to your ankle, that’s the time to do something
about it, not when it’s around your neck
.” Chinua Achebe

African American communities are finding crime and
death inching around their necks, they don’t want
police involved so should do something positive about
it to make a change in their communities.

The term “Sperm Donor” is nothing to be proud of,
it is a title of irresponsibility, immaturity, and weakness.
Because of continuous generational tragedies of
fathers running away from their responsibilities young
people of color are thereby increasing their likelihood
of entering correctional facilities, being placed in
special education class and if daddy is not there who
do kids model except who they see on the streets
and television.
To keep children of color and culture from entering
into the “pipeline” involvement is needed not reaction.
Fathers are an important part of this effort and once
again fathers need to be excited about being a father.
In the beginning man was created first so men must
step up and be a part of their children’s lives before
cemeteries and jail have more children, youth
and young adults in them than schools.

 

October 9, 2016

October is Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month


 

 

 

 

 

 
Bully Prevention Month kicked
off on Saturday, October 1.

The Center for Disease Control states that students who
are bullied are more likely to experience low self-esteem
and isolation, perform poorly in school, have fewer friends
in school, have a negative view of school, and experience
physical symptoms (such as headaches, stomachaches, or
problems sleeping) including mental health issues
(depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety).

Find out more about preventing bullying and regarding
Bully Prevention Month by visiting DCPS Bullying
Prevention webpage and resources provided by
My Quest To Teach


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Resources:
Duval County Public Schools

Bullying Prevention Links
http://www.duvalschools.org/Page/17231

Duval County Public School Links and Resources
http://www.duvalschools.org/Page/10321

The Official Anti-Bullying Video Collaboration
with Responsible ARTistry & Cut-n-Edge Cartoons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhWY9nYTGgc

Whitehouse Conference on Bullying
http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/03/10/obama.bullying/index.html

Stop Bullying
http://www.stopbullying.gov/

Stop Bullying with My Quest To Teach

 

 

 

 

Prevent Bullying session at:
Arlington Country Day School
Jacksonville, Florida

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