My Quest To Teach

May 31, 2019

All Kids Can Code in Jacksonville

Filed under: Kids Camp,STEAM,Women in Business — William Jackson @ 06:45
All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville

All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville









All Kids Can Code in Jacksonville
William Jackson and Monica Timmons
Partnership between:
Jacksonville section of the
National Council of Negro Women
My Quest To Teach
LoveBuilt Life, LLC

The Jacksonville Section of NCNW and STEAM Chair Monica Timmons
envisioned All Kids Can Code Event, as a talking point for students that
would spark interest in technology.
The event was created to expose kids to the computer programming coding
language  “Scratch,” discuss various types of technology careers that kids
can have access to..

Monica knew that in order to captivate the audience of young people she would
have to be transparent and meet the youth where they were with positive word
affirmations over themselves. The students yelled, “I am somebody, I control my
destiny, I am brilliant and my mind is limitless.”
“My hope is that a technology movement of young people building code and
using creativity will erupt and cause the youth to put down guns and pick up
coding methodologies,” said Monica.

William Jackson, a 31 year educator hoped that the skills gained learning coding
and applied to Social Media responsibility and accountability can change the
mind-sets of youth, teens and young adults. “Creating a transformative mental
shift away from self-hurt, self-denial to self-nourishment and self-empowerment,”
said William.

The ability to understand languages is not just related to foreign languages;
Spanish,  French, Igbo and the other diverse languages that can he heard in the
community of Jacksonville. There is another language that is located on digital
platforms that is the language of coding.

Coding can be the language to program robots, mechanical machines, cars,
airplanes and spaceships. It can be related to the language of the web also,
that Tim Berners-Lee created browsers to allow the Internet to be seen by human
eyes through web browsers and not just viewed but with interaction and

A quote by Lee, “the Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future
is still so much bigger than the past.” William Jackson a STEAM advocate
encourages youth, teens and young adults to have a global perspective of the
world. To look beyond Jacksonville, Florida.
There are other similar languages CSS, Python and others that allow for the
connections of human and machine. The incorporation of AI – Artificial
Intelligence that blends human thinking to the decision making of machines.
Allowing machines to think like humans and make independent decisions.

The All Kids Can Code workshop for kids provided by the vision of Monica
Timmons, a skilled and proficient coder, developer, web creator. Monica an
active and engaged member of the historic National Council of Negro Women Jacksonville Chapter.
The direction of life sustaining careers is directly related to STEM and STEAM.
Science Technology Engineering and Math or in some cases Mechanics.
The A represents the engagement of the Arts a very important element that
allows diverse areas of the brain to function in creativity and innovation.
Artist like Aida Correa infuse these elements to excite kids that are not into
sports or entertainment.
Youth, teens and young adults need to be engaged academically that can lead to
professional careers.

Great appreciation to Gabriella White for sharing her story and drive toward her career
dreams. Her involvement is an inspiration to the youth attending to see a young person
they can look up to as a role model and even a mentor.
Opportunities like All Kids Can Code have the potential to open professional doors that
lead to sitting at the tables of business, commerce, technology, the Arts and education.
The economic opportunities for children of color and culture to develop skills necessary
to start their journeys in new career opportunities and as entrepreneurs.

The NCNW in partnership with My Quest To Teach and LoveBuilt Life, LLC will be providing
workshops on June 15th and June 22nd in Jacksonville continuing to teach coding, web
development and Internet safety and responsibility.

Thanks and appreciation goes out to Monica, the volunteers and support of the NCNW
and building the future leaders Jacksonville will need to become a transformative city
for the future.
Businesses are embracing new technologies that manage data, are proactive to challenges
that humans face and even encourage innovation.
The Arts is a very valuable component because of the infusion of visual elements that
bring attention to nature. Special thanks to the Jacksonville Public Library and the use
of its state of the art facilities. Always available to help and build a better future for youth,
teens and young adults in Jacksonville.

NCNW Jacksonville Section under the leadership of:

Kruzshander Scott – Executive Director
Dr. Sabrina Edward, Ph.D. – President
Dr. Jevetta Stanford, Ph.D. – Vice President
Brandi Bennett – Secretary
Alfreda Denson-Butler – Interim Treasurer

William Jackson can be contacted at
Monica Timmons can be contacted at
Aida Correa can be contacted at
Jacksonville Section of NCNW website:


All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville

All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville








Left to Right: William Jackson, Alfreda Denson-Butler,
Sharita Neal, Gabriella White, Tasha Gaitlin,
Monica Timmons, Marcia Brown, and Marilynn Doucet.

April 6, 2019

Floral Innovations at The Garden Club of Jacksonville Florida


Aida and Karen Barakat

Aida Correa is seen here with Karen Baraket, Coordinator of the Fun with Flowers Event at the Garden Club of Jacksonville.

Floral Innovations at The Garden Club of Jacksonville Florida
by William Jackson
“Fun With Flowers Featuring Guest Designer Aida Correa
of Love Built Life, LLC”
The Garden Club of Jacksonville, Florida served a
workshop that guided the women attending on a journey
filled with floral brilliance, design creativity and artistic
expression with the dynamic brilliance and creative
expression that flowers can bring.
Aida Correa, LoveBuilt Life, LLC provided a workshop
that inspired the creativity of the women in attendance,
to design, build, create and bring forth passionate
brilliance in their floral development
during this workshop.
Ms. Correa a florist of over 30 years, artist, advocate
for STEAM and community activism provides workshops
in a wide range of areas and generational interests.
From her background as a recognized and respected
florist she has provided workshops for youth, teens,
young adults and the young at heart.
Her energy and excitement is shared with those smart
creatives and compassionate innovators that love the
spark of creativity and the zeal of design, creation
and building.
Even those that find some creativity challenging they
learn what their strengths are and how to use this as
motivation in other areas of learning.
She is changing the paradigm of floral design and the
image of women that are over 50 and as mothers and
Fearless of the challenges of running a company, sharing
her words as a poet, spoken word artist and web designer,
her talents allow her to blend the narrative of women
over 50 from traditional stereotypes to women who are
embracing new challenges, new adventures and braking
new ground as business owners and as
Floral design can be challenging mentally and
emotionally because it requires accessing mind, body
and spirit to create and share that creativity at a high
level of engagement.
Ms. Correa a mother and grandmother titles herself as
a “true renaissance woman” planting the seeds of
creativity and innovation of being a multi-talented
artist and having a unique sense of style and grace.
Blending of colors, hues and shades when working
with the beauty of  flowers, when using the medium
of soil, applied to paints, canvas or other materials
Ms. Correa represents that “The Arts” influences
how the mind works and the development and
application of creativity and expression.
This talent has lead to being sought after for unique
workshops from floral arrangements to STEAM
workshops, web development and paintings.
To see her works access her Instagram and
Facebook sites:
The multi-talents of Ms. Correa can be seen as a
speaker, advocate, and volunteer at national and
international WordCamp conferences.
She blends STEAM and Web Design to provide an
interactive and engaging workshop for youth,
teens and young adults.
She is also a FordVIP Blogger for the Ford Motor
Company displaying that for those over 50 life is
great and learning never stops.
LoveBuilt Life, LLC is making a powerful statement
to the faith, resiliency, growth and powerful purpose
of women over 50 that are artist, poets and embracing
their new place in life as influencers in a digital age
and when embracing passions and discovering new
purposes in life.
The Garden Club of Jacksonville


September 5, 2018

Impact Biz Jax – Building and Encouraging Business Ownership and Entrepreneurialism

Impact Biz Jax – Building and Encouraging Business Ownership and Entrepreneurialism
William Jackson and Aida Correa

#ImpactBizJax What a great event for business owners, artists,
entrepreneurials, dreamers, college students, youth, teens and
young adults to gather together in celebration of business dreaming,
building financial stability, growth and development and building a
stronger Brand.
Creating generational wealth for families.
The opportunity to interact with, speak with, engage with, potentially
collaborate with and share ideas and best practices related to business
empowers business owners and establishes their value in the
communities they serve.
Participating in In the Small Biz Chats, strategic networking,
Pitch Contest, and shopping with small business owners created an
excitement that this event would expand in the future for Jacksonville’s
small business and diverse community.

Aida Correa of #LoveBuiltLife, owning multiple businesses for several
years, shares that it was a great experience and a great opportunity
for the vendors (like her) who could share their talents and skills in a
welcoming and encouraging environment and to sell their products,
learn how to improve inventory, marketing and building strong Brands.
The atmosphere was friendly, welcoming and seeing so many
businesses was encouraging as a woman business owner, stated
Ms. Correa.

Participating in the “Pitch Competition” was a wonderful opportunity
to show how important it is to define your Brand as a business and
share its’ viability and growth potential.
Ms. Correa a national WordCamp speaker, poet, artist, web developer
and community volunteer stated strongly, the “pitch competition,” a do
or die moment that showed that you believe in yourself and your business
or you don’t.
The diversity of the event showed that diversity does matter economically,
culturally and socially. Many business owners proudly stated their heritage,
Latina, Haitian, African American, Hispanic, Latino and other cultures
attending brought a flavor of social growth and community unity.
The youth, teens and young adults attending saw people that looked
like they do provide encouragement and visual/mental validation their
abilities to dream of being a business owner and not just a consumer.

Edward Waters College was represented with the involvement of one of
her own students who earned a cash prize for his business. This shows
that particularly EWC students should be and need to be involved in future
business events to learn the soft-skills, higher order and critical thinking
necessary to be a business owner.
The concern is there was very little participation from EWC
business students who will be competing for jobs with students
attending UNF, JU and other higher education institutions. If EWC
students are to be competitive they must be involved in events
like these to acquire skills and valuable networking practice.

“I personally loved that Impact Biz Jax was able to provide a
$500 New Town Success Zone Small Business Grant for a
student at Edward Waters College sponsored by the Jax Chamber
and Chase Bank. For me, as a Higher Education Consultant, young
adults are the heartbeat of our community and they need financial
support, professional skills training, and career guidance to live
up to their full potential.

Impact Biz Jax is a relevant resource that provided funding and
invaluable connections.” Lequita Brooks, LCSW

William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach, past instructor at EWC
taught Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
shared that, classroom instruction cannot truly “teach” what
can to be learned from engagement, mentoring, interactivity
and gaining wisdom from those that have gone through the
fire and rain of fulfilling a dream of being a business
owner. “EWC students need to be involved, engaged and active
if they want to compete in highly competitive business and tech
careers. If they want to make changes in the community they live
in or be prepared to be a thought leaders or agents of community
change they need exposure outside of the classroom.”

George Maxey, Executive Director of New Town Success Zone
arrived to the cheers of the audience because of his continued
encouragement of business ownership with New Town Success
Zone and Vision Keepers.

The availability of engagement and providing resources and
chances for collaboration in the community. There is always the
need for volunteers for New Town Success Zone and Vision
Keepers. Improvement in the community must come from within
the community not from outside.

The Economic Development Sub-committee managed by Wiline
Dennis has monthly meetings to support business development
within the New Town area. This includes credit building, access
to grants, networking, capital for funding, counseling and other
services needed to start, build and maintain a business.

Minority business owners have resources that are for them to
establish a consistent business for growth and building capital.
More events will be made available in the future so the
community must stay active and engaged in Impact Biz Jax
and New Town Success Zone / Vision Keepers.

The Pitch
William Jackson’s Pitch My Quest To Teach
Aida Correa’s Pitch Love Built Life

Photos and video can be found at the links below.
Impact Jax Resources:
New Town Success Zone and Vision Keepers

Aida Correa Love Built Life
William Jackson My Quest To Teach

July 28, 2018

Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone – Transformative Community Engagement


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.
904 470 8899

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.


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