My Quest To Teach

December 26, 2016

The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment


The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment

This blog is independently written by #MyQuestToTeach
The information is strictly the opinion of its writer.
William Jackson, M.Ed. CVO My Quest To Teach
@wmjackson Twitter

Contributions are provided by left to right:
Elisha Taylor student at Duval County Public Schools
and speaker with TEDxFSCJ Salon
Young lady name not provided 
Deyona Burton student in Duval County Public Schools
Community Activist
Taylor Richardson student at The Bolles School
Literacy Advocate and Aspiring Astronaut
Jon Gregory
Edward Waters College Student
Graduate of Bolles High School
Speaker at TEDxFSCJ and EdCamp NABSE

Networking and sharing knowledge and wisdom
Ryan of Ngoma Thunder Drum Troop

The Black Expo provides a wonderful opportunity
for businesses, entrepreneurs, performers and even
youth, teens and  young adults to show the community
what they are about. How they can better engage and
participate in making the community better for
everyone in the areas of business, commerce,
investments and building needed collaborations.

Networking is a learned experience that youth,
teens and young  adults need to understand now
at a young age to prepare them for future business,
civic and community collaborations  and projects.
Many have a business dream, but do not have access
to the resources that allow the dream to come into
fruition. The mental spark is there, but the kindling
needs to be provided to build the fire of production
so it starts to burn hot and bright. Leading to a
viable and strong business that
contributes to the community.

Financial management  advice……

Each year the Black Expo embraces, recognizes
and awards business owners, visionaries,
entrepreneurs, innovators, and smart creatives.
Their passions that drive them are inspiring
and lead to continued opportunities to hire
and mentor others with the same interests.
Even in business it takes a village because
the village will buy, barter, and have access
to the services the business provides. Building
that business because the relationship
is based on trust, respect and the accountability
of providing a service and need for the

Many that attend the Black Expo, from our
observations are looking for that spark of  inspiration,
that opportunity to gain the knowledge that will
allow them to follow their dreams and to help their
business. Potentially hiring new people, providing
educational training and financing investments to
the community.
Small business is the glue that bonds communities
and allows for re-investments.
Technology has allowed many to connect with each
other and build a network of clients and partnerships.
The statements that many are starting to embrace is,
“don’t look at your business competitor as competition,
but an opportunity for collaboration.”

Hello Tee –

In order for businesses to be recognized, Social Media
is not the end all and be all, it contributes, but nothing
beats meeting and greeting people with a handshake
and a smile. Sharing information
and “word of mouth” alliances.

As an Educational Technology and Social Media instructor
at Edward Waters College, it is a requirement for my
students to blog about their interests, passions, abilities
and skills. Building their Brand and understanding how
important a digital presence is, but more important
building relationships in the community.
Volunteering, mentoring and helping outside of the
business brings exposure and respect to the business.
As I talk to youth, teens and young adults at local and
national conferences it is valuable because the information
they gain is relevant and can be applied to their goals.
Youth, teens and young adults that have a business
mind set must be taught things that are relevant to them
for the now and how it influences their future.

Moxie Girl and Gabby

The Black Expo is a part of the building process to
put people together, a platform where handshakes
are exchanged, business cards are flowing and
smiles are shared. Before many do business they
establish a relationship based on trust and
mutual respect.
The business package starts with building of
relationships, having a solid Brand and knowing
your Niche. Developing a Marketing  strategy that
is a living document with multifaceted avenues to
provide streams of revenue not just from one source,
but dynamically creating a continuous path to
making money, and just as importantly
re-energizing the community with investments
in people.

The desire to gain business power should never
be the priority over humanity. It is the people that
are the ones that will help build a business or allow
that business to wither away. The youth, teens and
young adults attending should be embraced, mentored
and provided role models so they can achieve their
dreams as future business owners.

Youth, teens and young adults are contributing
to business success models.

Too many times there are gaps in education, political
influence, economic stability, diversity in commerce
and generational wealth is lacking. Venues like the
Black Expo are proved as viable, solid and productive
Black businesses that are influencing the community
in positive ways and showing each generation of
youth that they do have alternatives to potentially
dangerous and illegal activities. There is life in
following positive people doing positive things
through education, hard work, networking,
technology and investments.

Support Black Businesses because these Black
businesses support the communities they are
established in, by providing needed tax revenue,
mentors, role models and job opportunities.

Pro. Wm Jackson, Blogger and Author Harold Harvey
author of “Justice in the Round”
Essay on the American Jury System

15th Annual Florida Black Expo

Accounting and Financial Womens Alliance

30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Women In Insurance and Financial Services

Sun Entertainment

Black Expo South

Florida Black Expo

My Quest to Teach

Business Training and Collaboration

1st Annual Community Film Festival
Daytona Beach, Florida
(386) 627-4353


June 8, 2016

My Quest To Teach Presentations

“My Quest To Teach”
Providing Presentations

My educational journey through parenthood, teaching,
mentoring, volunteering and community activism.
“My Quest” to provide valuable and transformative
opportunities to youth, teens and young adults.


Willliam Jackson
Florida State Attorney’s Office
Preventing Crime In The Black
Community Conference
May 2016

Need a speaker on #SocialMedia Safety,
Preventing Bullying and Cyberbullying
The value and empowerment of STEAM / STEM


June 6, 2016

Part 1 Celebrating Fatherhood 10 Ways To Be A Better Father

Part 1 Celebrating Fatherhood 10 Ways To Be A Better Father

Taking a few kids to the store to buy
stuff for their fathers I listen to
the kids talk about their fathers.
Easily sharing information about their
father, daddy, dad, stepdad and the
nicknames they provide.

I hear the pride in their voices as they
share true and seemingly exalted stories
of events and happenings they participated
and witnessed in their relationships with
their dad. Their smiles are wide their
eyes bright and their body actions are

As a teacher of over 20 years I have seen kids
share the accomplishments of their dads, the
struggles of dads going through unemployment,
sickness, death and incarceration. Fathers need
to understand that their actions and even
inaction has an affect on their children and

There are things that every father needs to
know and should modify their behaviors when
helping to raise their children whether in the
home or not. The actions of fathers have serious
affects on their children. The relationships of
fathers and their children have life long affects
on both even if fathers refuse to admit it.

Wm Jackson and children past picture from
World of Nations #Jacksonville

A fathers words and actions carry tremendous
weight throughout the life a child and shape
the relationship behaviors of children into
adulthood. Girls need fathers to show them what
expectations to have on how  they should be treated
and respected. What they morally and ethically
should expect from boys and men as they mature
and why girls and women should have their own
and not have to depend on “a man” to give them
thinks to make them feel important.

Boys need their fathers to show how and
why to respect women, why their education
beyond sports and entertainment is
important and their responsibilities as
leaders and helpers in relationships.
Boys need fathers to show that everyone
in society will not be on their side and they
will be judged by their color, culture and
economics. Importantly how to deal with these
They will have people in society that
have negativity of them because of
color, culture, economics and education.

As a elementary teacher I see how students
behaviors and actions change with the
interactions of fathers when fathers are
involved or not. Fathers if in the military
how the whole family structure is dramatically
changed with fathers on deployment, when
fathers leave the home and divorce is threatened
or inevitable. The relationships that are
dynamically bonded by genetics and DNA.

Posting on Wednesday:
Part 2 10 Ways To Be A Better Dad
I hope are helpful to the development of young dads
that need help and guidance to be the best
dad they can be for their children and families.

#MilitaryFathers #Dads #Fathers
#FathersofColorandCulture #StepFathers #Daddy
#BlackFathers #Daddie #FamilyMan

May 5, 2016

High School Athletes – Having A Tunsil Moment

Having A Tunsil Moment
William Jackson, M.Ed.

Prevent Having A Tunsil Moment

Our behaviors are influenced by youthful
exuberance, ignorance to the consequences
of our actions and just plain stupidity. Many
of us have done things, participated in
activities that when we look back on we
resent and regret. Maturity is a great thing
to have, but it is gained from experiences
from life lessons.

Behaviors when mixed with alcohol, drugs and other substances
blur the lines between common sense and irrational behaviors.
When combined with technology we display a side of ourselves
that we normally would not. We act and react differently because
our thoughts are either clouded irrational actions and our youthful
excitement of the moment.

The National Football League Draft of 2016 will be seen as a lesson
in Social Media  caution and accountability. The lessons
learned are not just for athletes, but for everyone seeking to
achieve their goals, dreams and career aspirations.


Laremy Tunsil’s high school mistake is a wakeup call for
high school and middle school students that use Social Media.
The events that happened no matter how they took place
shows several things, people will try to use Social Media
content to hurt others, you are accountable and responsible
for your content that you post from videos, to photos
and we cannot predict our futures.

This lesson in a way was experienced by Vanessa Williams
years ago when she was the first African American
to win Miss. America, but her crown was taken back
because of photos from her past. She survived with
the support of family and friends and her determined
will to be successful.

The term, hind sight is 20/20, I’m sure if she knew she
was going to be Miss America she would not have taken
those photos and chosen another course of action to support
herself. Tunsil, I’m sure would not have participated in the
events shown online and not recorded them. The actions of
youth mixed with substances that take control of the
mind are a dangerous combination.

Social Media is not a crystal ball into the future, but a
window to the past, it can show positive and productive
events or behaviors that show lack of  thought and
maturity. As I have stated in many conversations at
conferences, seminars and workshops:
“Your digital devices can be your best friends or
worse enemies, depending on the type of content you
create and post, share and associate with.” William Jackson

Social Media platforms are growing and allow unprecedented
opportunities to share content that shares our lives,
parents must be sure to talk to their children to
get them to understand that everything they do does
not have to go online and their behaviors, actions
and associations can be a curse for the future.

“Privacy is dead, and social media hold the smoking gun.”
Pete Cashmore, Mashable CEO Tweet This!

Internet Caution

Internet Caution

As I have blogged parents need to “Google and Hash Tag,”
their children from time to time to protect them from
themselves. To talk to their children, set ground rules
and have expectations for behaviors. Along with this if
the rules are broken consequences for actions that can
ultimately be detrimental to future careers.

Social Media is a reflection of society, there are wonderful
resources that allow for personal growth, educational
access, networking and social interactions that build
dynamic and global relationships, but the other end
are areas that promote chaos, confusion and even death;
physical, moral, psychological and spiritual defecation to
logic and common sense.
Parents are their children’s first line of defense to
protect their children from physical and digital mistakes.

The Internet has created an atmosphere where children,
youth, teens and young adults feel they cannot live without
access, they have to be connected to friends and resources
that can influence behaviors outside of their “normal”
influences. Tuncil is not the only one that has been
exposed, there are others, some were lucky, but there
are others that have heartbreaking stories resulting in
unemployment, shame and embarrassment. The issue with
Social Media is that others are influenced because of the
“connected communities.” Everyone else can see
your business and if you allow only a select few,
this does not stop the spreading of rumors and innuendos.

Caution in the actions and reactions of situations and
circumstances is important. Think about how or if what
you post can or will affect you and your family. It only
takes a few seconds to change to course of your future
when posting on Social Media.

“Social media is changing the way we communicate and the
way we are perceived, both positively and negatively.
Every time you post a photo, or update your status, you
are contributing to your own digital footprint and personal
Brand.” Amy Jo Martin

The dangers are not just employment and social stability,
the dangers are destroying your Brand that you have worked
hard to build. From your E-Brand to your e-Reputation
and even your e-Personality all are affected. In some cases
it is easier to destroy your personal Brand and almost
impossible to rebuild it after a mistaken posting.

“How valuable your e-Brand, e-Personality, e-Reputation and
e-Value are cannot be determined until you do something to
damage it on Social Media.” William Jackson


February 20, 2016

26 Must Haves for HBCU Student’s


26 Must Haves for HBCU Student’s
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Alumni of SCSU ’85
Instructor at Edward Waters College,
Jacksonville, Florida
@wmjackson – #MyQuestToTeach

Wm Jackson (SCSU ’85) – Sean Jackson (FAMU ’14)

Teaching educational technology at Edward Waters College
provides great joy and purpose that combines teaching as
an elementary school teacher in public education with my
teaching in higher education.
I enjoy having the best of both worlds, helping to prepare
elementary students for life after elementary school and
helping college students prepare for the working world
outside of higher education and other events that prepare
students for “real life.” HBCU students are already using tech,
but must learn to apply it to the most effective use to Brand
their SWAG and get employed before graduation.

The competitiveness of the global business markets, business
environments, international trade that has increased demand for
those with specific skills and higher degree levels has created
a demand for students to be adaptable in their ability to work in
any environment, flexible in their duties and responsibilities as
“Human Capital,” and possess higher order and critical thinking
skills that allow for problem solving skills to grow.

The skills that HBCU students learn should allow them to be able to
compete with students that attended PWI’s. The must haves must be
gained while HBCU students are preparing for the days after
graduation and beginning of careers dreams. HBCU students cannot
wait until their senior year to prepare for graduation, it must be
an ongoing process and planned beginning in their freshman year.



26 Must Haves for HBCU Students
1. Have a Resume / Vitae created in multiple formats to provide for
potential employers. Copies should be online, on a flash drive and on
a laptop or tablet and even a couple hard copies for those unique
opportunities on the train or bus.
2. Have an email with GMail with a valid email address and a professional
looking email signature. Check it on a regular basis and respond to
inquiries quickly. When you receive business cards or make contact send
an email that you were glad to meet that person. Even digitally you can
make an impression.
3. Have a Skype account that you can use for online interviews. If you’re
willing to relocate employers may want a Skype interview to get to see
you and meet.
4. Have a list of mentors to ask questions. Every college student needs
a mentor to bounce ideas off of. They provide a perspective on the world,
mentors can be online contacts as well, and digital connections can be
just as successful.
5. Have a list of references with email addresses, phone numbers, that
are legally employed, no criminal histories, and have a good academic
and professional backgrounds. Who you know still matters, when seeking
references make sure you ask the person first to be sure they are in
6. Know your GPA weighted and un-weighted. During interviews this
question may come up, hesitations and “I don’t remember,” shows lack
of academic knowledge.
7. Taken or plan to take assessments to know your cognitive and
intellectual strengths and weaknesses. Build your confidence to take
tests. Don’t be intimidated because what you think you’re being tested
on may not actually be what you’re tested on.
8. Have a library card, museum membership to show involvement in the
community. This also encourages you to participate in networking
events to meet people and gain new contacts to build your PLC or
Professional Learning Community
9. Volunteer time with your ministry, not for profits and other
groups to understand where you can fit in to contribute to your
community. The best way to gain quiet exposure is to volunteer
your time.
10. Have a documented history of community service. Keeping records
allows you to see overtime your contributions to your community and
to share this information. It also helps with memory and meeting
11. Have positive Social Media content. When people research you
online they are hoping to see good content. You never know when an
opportunity comes available when someone remembers you from an event
and wants to match your skill set with a project.
12. Attend conferences, workshops, seminars, etc. HBCU students must
be involved in these to learn more, increase their knowledge and
share their knowledge. These are awesome ways to find a mentor,
network and even future employment.
13. Have a list of accomplishments, honors and achievements with
dates put in your Vitae or stand alone.

14. Have a valid driver’s license even if you’re not driving, the
company may be willing to give you a car until you’re on your feet.
15. Have an open bank account with checking and savings even if you
have $5.00, you will need this for direct deposits.
16. Check your credit history to check against errors and identity
theft. More companies are checking credit histories so be careful
what is on your history. Monitor it because it can influence salary
and benefits.
17. Have a mission and vision statement for life goals and accomplishments.
18. Know how to travel within your city, know where the library is,
City Hall, Social Security Office,
Police Department, and other major points of interest.
19. Know how to use your phones GPS to help you navigate if walking
or riding your bike.
20. Start watching the news to keep up with local and current events
and the weather. Someone may try to start a conversation.
21. Talk to your parents, family and even church to see where your
help will come from if you need help and assistance. Successful people
will tell you that you should not think you can do everything
on your own, you will need help.
21. Have a copy of your Social Security Card, Birth Certificate and
drivers license.
22. Access to loose change and small amounts of cash always.
23. Cell phone numbers to: Taxi Service, Bus Station, Police Department
(not 911), a teacher, mentor and your minister, evangelist, priest, etc.
Prayer does work.
24. A debit card or credit card for emergencies, and maybe invest in a
gift card to use for transportation only and one for food only to help
manage your finances.
25. Checks from your bank (to help you start your direct deposit when
hired for a job).
26. Have a Paypal account to register for events and activities.
These are a lot of considerations, but for HBCU students to be successful
they must adapt to the business and educational environment to reach their goals.

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