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.

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


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.


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.

Journey Into Womanhood –
JIW Facebook –
The Program

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

June 13, 2016

Why We Need To Support All Girls Like Natalie and Taylor

Why We Need To Support All Girls Like #MoxieGirl and #AgentofSTEAM
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
@wmjackson – Parent, Educator, Blogger, Speaker

Moxie Girl and The Astronaut
Moxie Girl and Agent of STEAM

“Black girls need to know that they matter.
They need to see examples of success, leadership,
achievement, sisterhood, compassion,
humanitarianism, in abundance so that they
can gain confidence in their ability to become
their best and greatest selves.”
Black Girls Rock Inc.
Founder Beverly Bond

The upcoming gathering of girls and women in the
United State of Women,
to be held in Washington D.C. on
Monday, June 13th 2016 shows that girls and
women can accomplish great things
in their communities, their cities, in their
schools, churches and across this nation.
The growing presence of girls and women
in STEM / STEAM related careers is expanding
girls and women opportunities to influence
the greater good of their professions and opening
doors for other girls and women to enter into
nontraditional careers.

Taylor and science
Taylor Richardson
JIW, Girl Scout, STEAM Agent
Community Activist, Future Astronaut

That perceivable “Glass Ceiling” has shattered
in millions of shards representing the
challenges that girls and women have
faced and continue to overcome.
This event will highlight the accomplishments,
challenges, excellence, intellect and intelligence
of girls and women.
Lead by First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey,
Black  Girls Rock Inc. Founder Beverly Bond
and others accomplished women in their professions
ranging from education, technology, medicine,
science, politics, religion and the diverse careers
and entrepreneurial endeavors that girls and women
are involved in. Expanding their intellectual diversity
to show girls and women it is cool to be creative,
intellectual and an innovator in their

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Natalie McGriff, Author, Speaker, Writer
Community Activist

As a parent and educator I hope this encourages
all girls of color and culture in Jacksonville,
Florida to excel academically and athletically.
Embracing their Nerdiness, Blerdiness, Geekiness,
and STEAMiness (Science Technology Engineering
Arts Mathematics  (Medicine).
Parents have a continued responsibility to encourage
their children to be engaged in learning every day.
Parents that have a struggling child in reading, math,
language arts and other academic areas will be held
accountable if their child is not successful in school,
their children are potentially being setup for under
employment, unemployment, and being left behind
economically and socially if they are unwilling to
work with educators to see that their children put
forth the effort to succeed and understand
the value of education.

This past school year should be an indication to
parents that if their daughter is not where they
are supposed to be academically and socially there
should be interventions during the summer to
prepare for the next school year. There are great
role models in  athletics and entertainment, but
there should be increased recognition
of the academic achievements and community
volunteering by our girls and women of color
and culture.

This blog shares the continued successes of
Natalie McGriff and Taylor Richardson and their
mothers who have been invited to Washington, D.C.
for their academic and community accomplishments.
To participate in this wonderful gathering of girls
and women that are accomplishing great things in
their communities, their schools, in their
churches and across this great nation.
“United State of Women”

14 reasons why we need to support all girls like
#MoxieGirl and #AgentofSTEAM

  1. They are positive role models for girls and young women
    in their communities, in their city, in their state and nationally.
  2. Mainstream media does not always depict girls and women
    of color and culture in a positive light as they should. They
    are too often shown in poverty and uneducated.
  3. They give back to their community in examples of improving
    literacy, importance of reading, the value of comprehension
    and career choices in STEAM, STEM, STREAM, CSTEM
    STEM2 for girls and young women of color and culture.
  4. They are students in public education and are successful
    academically and in social behaviors.
  5. They experience the same challenges girls of color and
    culture experience every day related to hair, skin tones,
    language, economics and academics, they can relate to
    their sisters of color and culture in their struggles.
  6. They have mothers that are very supportive and sacrifice
    daily for their children’s success.
  7. They still experience “haters,” those that are jealous, and
    lost in low self-esteem, but still strive forward for success
    and providing positive self-esteem and cultural respect
    and value.


  8. They work to balance their academic lives by keeping
    school first.
  9. They continue to be humble in their accomplishments.
  10. Their participation in the media is a positive representation
    not only of being girls of color, but girls of intelligence and
  11. Their successes can be shared with boys of color and
    culture too inspire them as well.
  12. Their mothers keep life “real” about who they are and how
    the world may see them as well.
  13. They understand the importance of “sisterhood” and how
    girls of color and culture are sometimes targets of criticism,
    low expectations and culturally challenged.

    14. Their mothers show other mothers they should understand
    the commitment needed to help their children grow beyond
    their current levels of knowledge, ability and skill level.

The community should encourage all girls and boys of color
and culture to embrace their talents, skills and abilities.
Parents of color and culture need to reinforce that they have
a responsibility to lift each other up and not to hate on, gossip,
disrespect, negatively talk about those that are opening doors
that other girls and boys of color and culture can walk through.

Support Natalie and Taylor as they travel to
“The United State of Women” in Washington, D.C.
Monday, June 13th


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