My Quest To Teach

February 26, 2017

A Girls Journey Into Social Media

A Girls Journey Into Social Media
by William Jackson and Breyonna Fox
My Quest to Teach

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Journey Into Womanhood a wonderful collaboration of
young ladies from elementary age to high school held a
workshop  dedicated to teaching about Social Media
safety and responsibility, the prevention of Cyberbullying
and the problems Sexting causes in destroying a girls
reputation and potentially their future career choices.

Elexia Coleman the director and visionary of the program
provides educational,  intellectual, culturally bonding and
community experiences that help girls and young  ladies
grow and blossom in an environment that is encouraging
and engaging.

JIW is an opportunity for girls and young ladies to experience
presentations on multiple levels of activity; professionals like
William Jackson and his intern Breyonna Fox talked to the
ladies on serious subjects that potentially influence decisions
that can have social and career influences.

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Asya and Breyonna Fox

Ms. Fox spoke on her experiences on being bullied and how
Sexting can destroy lives and involve law enforcement.
Ms. Fox shared how girls in high school are under the false
ideas that Sexting is glamorous until their photos are shared
with others that where not intended to see them because of
breaking up with friends and trying to impress a boy or girl.

Boys are involved in Sexting as well and can suffer social and
criminal investigation. There are legal issues that could result
in charges of pornography and child endangerment that may
follow a boy or girl through their life. Ms. Fox shared that  each
girl present  should have personal self-confidence and
self-respect. “The unfortunate reality is that  girls and women
have committed suicide because of Bullying and Sexting.”
Breyonna Fox

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William Jackson a teacher in the public school system and a
Professor at Edward Waters College shares with the young
ladies that there is nothing a boy or man can provide that is
more important than personal respect and pride. Through
education a young lady and woman can achieve great things
above and beyond the material things a person like a boy or
girl can give them.

The title of the workshop, “How to be Dope and Responsible
on Social Media,” is available to other organizations that work
with youth, teens and young  adults.  Mr. Jackson speaks at the
international conference Preventing Crime in the Black
Community on preventing bullying, cyberbullying, the power
of incorporating STEM in  education and many aspects of
Social Media.

Volunteers are key to the success of JIW program that will be
celebrating the end of another program year on
Sunday, April 9th  2017 at their annual banquet. JIW is a 501c3
program and accepts donations to provide services to the
participants that will have life-long influence to help the
young ladies grow into future leaders in business, finance,
commerce, education and other careers that fulfill dreams.

The rewarding results of JIW can be seen in the community
involvement of girls and young ladies like Taylor Richardson
#AstronautStarBright, she is working to become an astronaut
and travel to Mars and back,  Taylor and her mom are working
to help girls and women in Jacksonville to see the movie
“Hidden Figures.” They were both invited by the Obama
administration to the White House premiere. Sitting with
current and past NASA astronauts, the actors of Hidden
Figures, First Lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries.

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Taylor along with other young ladies are doing extraordinary
things in the community and bringing awesome media and news
reports of the great contributions young ladies are providing in
Jacksonville, Florida.

Sponsorship’s and donations are welcomed by JIW to help
continue the works they do in the community that influence
positive directions and accomplishments.

 Resources:
Journey Into Womanhood – http://theconnectory.org/program/journey-into-womanhood-2
JIW Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/empowerment.resources/
The Program
http://www.empowermentresourcesinc.org/what-we-do/journey-into-womanhood-program/

Additional Photos from 2017 -2016 – 2015 Workshops on
STEAM – Cyberbullying – Social Media – Sexting – Education

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January 29, 2014

Stop Bullying Before It Starts

Stop Bullying Before It Starts

“What if the kid you bullied at school,
grew up, and turned out to be the only
surgeon who could save your life?” Lynette Mather

The Bullying workshop at Northside Church of Christ in Jacksonville, Florida
was an opportunity for this community based church to share important
information on how to prevent bullying before it starts.
The young people in attendance from elementary, middle and high school
understand the seriousness of Bullying, along with Cyberbullying and the
threat of potential suicides related to continuous actions of bullying and
harassment.
The discussions during the workshop at Northside Church of Christ with
the youth and teens centered an understanding and defining of bullying
so there was a better perception of and identification of bullying and
cyberbullying related actions.
Many youth and teens have their own understanding and definition that
must be modified to include behaviors and actions that make youth think
first about each situation that could be a potential situation of bullying.
Personal responsibility is required and building self esteem is important in
helping youth, teens and young adults see their individual gifts and talents.
The presentation “I Will Survive Bullying” (William Jackson)
workshop shared information from an interactive perspective where
the youth and teens are involved by role playing, creating skits that act
out bullying situations that have to be resolved by non-violence and even
integrating videos to guide further discussion.
The elements of critical thinking and higher order thinking skill sets are
used to get students involved in dialogue that empowers and educates
where it carries outside of the classroom and school, extending to the
community and even in churches.

“Be sure of yourself, don’t let anyone
bully you, be a strong and
independent girl or boy.” Nicole Polizzi

The National Center for Educational Statistics
(NCES) reports data that more bullying and
cyberbullying professional development is needed
for school age children not for educators.
There is more bullying in middle school
(grades 6, 7, and 8) than in
senior high school, cyberbullying for middle grade levels it greater
as youth and teens use more social media platforms and learn how to
integrate the tools of diverse communication.
“Beat Bullying” shows that bullying is not just a problem for minority
children; it is a widespread problem that can affect the culture and
climate of any whole school.
Churches are a conduit to empower youth to prevent bullying through
education, raising personal self esteem, and helping youth to understand
accountability for their behavior and actions. Through ministry, counseling,
peer discussion and other methods churches can play a key role in lowering
bullying.
The discussion about bullying and cyberbullying must grow and involve
youth and teens, not to be silenced, pushed aside nor ignored. The
ramifications are the dangers of suicide and continued violence.
More needs to done to provide workshops, seminars, lectures and
interactive events to help youth, teens and young adults to prevent
bullying before it starts. Education is the key, but on a level that youth,
teens and young adults can see relevance and apply learned skills to
real life.

“Children should be able to
live a life free from bullying and
harassment
and it is time that we all took a stand
against this.” Katherine Jenkins

One of the churches greatest missions
is too save souls and lives, bullying
threatens both through harassment,
lowering self esteem, creating an
environment of fear and mistrust. Foundational and consistant work needs
to be done to prevent bullying not just to treat the results which stretch
from childhood to adulthood. Many adults that have passed their youthful
years are still suffering from the results of harassment, physical punishment,
verbal assaults, emotional turmoil and the lowering of personal self-esteem.

The media reports of attempted suicides, suicides, retaliatory violence and
mental illness from depression, fear, mistrust and other diminutive actions
plague millions of adults that were once youth in our schools and even
churches.
The work of prevention is needed to stop the cycle and growing season of
bullying plaguing millions of children.

“I WILL SURVIVE BULLYING”
Bullying is A Choice
Make Sure You Choose Smart
Educating and Empowering
Prevention of Bullying and Cyberbullying

Would you like a Bullying workshop for a school,
youth organization, church or community organization.
williamderekjackson@gmail.com

 

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