My Quest To Teach

July 11, 2018

Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone – Transformative Community Engagement

 

George Maxey

George Maxey

Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone – Transformative Community Engagement
by William Jackson
Member of the Social Media Team with NTSZ and VK

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.
There are resources and collaborations to strengthen
community unity, building entrepreneurism,
encouraging business ownership, access to business
capital and health related information with collaborations and
cooperation with medical professionals across Jacksonville.

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.

Business ownership, entrepreneurial methods, mental health
services, access to business capital, business
educational resources, training’s 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.

Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone collaborations,
cooperation 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.

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.
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/VisionKeepersofNewTown/
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/visionkeepersofnewtown/
Phone:
904 470 8899
Email:
wellnessrxjax@gmail.com

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 consultants.

This is a video blog with Mr. Maxey that set the tone for
the expansion and growth of NTSZ and VK.
https://www.facebook.com/myvillageproject/videos/1602088006486991/

Additional videos:
Beyond the Core with WJCT – Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OwCPufowTw

NTSZ Food Giveaways
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkdJ9oivBpI

Bringing Knowledge to The Community
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzcWXlLjack

Doctors and Nutrition
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLA-Iqcalyg

Health Decisions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdRdWvKnllU

Do You Know Community Works
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB3h1zU7aPQ

New Town Success Zone
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/ntszvk

Vision Keepers Economic Development Meeting
https://www.instagram.com/p/BkLxpFxgTQH/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=eg0y7kmr53fm

The Vision of Vision Keepers
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/the-vision-of-vision-keepers-and-new-town-success-zone/

Increase Your Entrepreneurial and I-Trepreurial
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2018/04/08/increase-your-entrepreneurial-and-i-trepreurial-vision-in-2018/

What Is Your Vision of Northeast Florida
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/what-is-your-vision-of-northwest-jacksonville/

Vision Keepers and NTSZ
https://hbcuconnect.com/cgi-bin/blog.cgi?blog_id=327577&cid=6&club_id=&event_id=

What is Your Vision of NW Jacksonville
http://thyblackman.com/2017/08/24/what-is-your-vision-of-northwest-jacksonville/

21 Business Take-aways from Vision Keepers
http://thyblackman.com/2017/09/28/21-business-take-aways-from-vision-keepers/

Business and Economic Growth
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/new-town-success-zone-business-economic-growth/

The Growth Potential of Northwest Jacksonville, Florida
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/the-growth-potential-of-northwest-jacksonville-florida/

George Maxey – TEDx
http://thyblackman.com/2017/10/13/george-maxey-of-new-town-success-zone-participates-in-tedxfscj/

ThyBlackMan
http://thyblackman.com/2017/10/13/george-maxey-of-new-town-success-zone-participates-in-tedxfscj/

Business Economic Growth
https://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php?topic=34215.0

WJCT Beyond the Core
http://news.wjct.org/post/wjcts-beyond-core-northeast-florida-listening-tour

 

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April 24, 2017

When You Educate Women You Educate Generations

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When You Educate Women You Educate Generations
by William Jackson, #MyQuestToTeach
STEM and STEAM Advocate

The goal of education is not to just educate that specific
person, it is a goal to educate generations that come
afterwards. Establishing education as a foundation to
achieve success can be seen when families continue to
send their children to higher educational institutions,
vocational school and even military service to work
towards a level of degree in the service of their country.

The past decade has seen an increase in careers that
require technical skill, certificates and diplomas. At the
forefront are women that see these as stable careers
to raise a family and have access to the benefits
that they may not have had from their parents. Families
of color are beginning to encourage their children to
think out of the cultural box and aim for the stars,
the seas and medical professions that explore
the inner spaces of the human bodies.

STEM, STEAM, STREAM are seen as the gateways
to achieving the American Dream and dreams that
are deferred because of social-economic situations.
The increase in mentoring groups is exposing
girls and young women to careers not thought
of that require higher order thinking, problem
solving, critical thinking, thought leadership,
creativity and out of the box developmental
abilities that foresee future challenges that
may threaten humanity on local, national
or international levels.

When you educate a mother your educating a generation
because mothers will continue to open the minds of her
children and her children’s children. Fathers provide
the support systems and help build foundations. The
recent Markerspace presentation at the Jacksonville
Public Library “STEAM INTO STEM” brought together
women in Jacksonville, Florida that show the diversity
of parenting, careers, business applications, educational
levels and entrepreneurialism.

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Jax Markerspace panelists:
Shawanna Brooks, the hostesses, Akia Uwanda, Latonja Richardson,
Princess S. Rashid, and Angie Nixon. Each woman involved in
Jacksonville as community activist, business leaders and have
children in the schools systems of Jacksonville either public
or private.
The aspirations are the same for academic success, the goal of
graduating their children from high school and attending higher
education is similar, but the roads to achievements are
diverse and different. Each women are successful in their own
ways, are unified in their goals for their children to be better
educated and have better access to the resources that are open
in today with the integration and implementation of technologies
that involve STEAM INTO STEM.

Trans-formative statements: “The biggest danger of unemployment
today is not of immigration it is the advancements of technology
in robotics,” made by Princess S. Rashid a Physicist, educator,
parent and Artist. This shows that science can embrace the Arts,
there is coexistence.  The blending of STEAM and building a
relationship with careers comes into place when Angie Nixon
and Latonjay Richardson comment that the holistic approach
to education comes to play that children will not change if they
continue to be limited by their environments. The value of
exposure and relevance is real when education is applied to
careers and the changing of the mental and relevancy of what
is learned when applied in real life.

The FIRST LEGO LEAGUE, is the dream of Mark McCombs,
“I teach people how to build robots and to do what they used
to think was impossible.” Mark McCombs is the visionary of the
FIRST LEGO League competitions going on at middle and high
schools across the state of Florida . This creates dynamic
opportunities for team building in youth, teens and young adults.

Engineering, building and coding of robotics that are involved
in competitions and can be applied to real world or off world
future exploration. Women are playing key roles in these areas,
looking at the recent Hidden Figures movie that careers in NASA
and other aerospace, inner space, space travel and applied careers
are the keys for generational success academically and culturally.

STEM, STEAM and STREAM are not just acronyms to decipher
they are Real, Relevant and Ready to help youth, teens and young
adults reach their dreams and beyond. Parents check your child’s
school to see if they have a STEM or STEAM curriculum that builds
your child to reach beyond their potential and abilities. Never put
limits on the learning of your children or you will limit their
abilities to take care of themselves and their children.
Generations depend on the advancements of the children now.
If your children do not know how to aim, how will they aim
high for success?
Resources:
Jacksonville Public Library:
http://jaxpubliclibrary.org/

 

September 1, 2016

Tropical Storm Information for Jacksonville, Florida

Tropical Storm Information for Jacksonville, Florida

Shoutout to George Winterling
WJXT4 retired… your professionalism and humanity
is missed.
http://www.news4jax.com/news/the-george-story-a-tribute-to-george-winterling

storm

Take the time to talk to your children about
weather changes. Children are not like adults,
they may not have the language development
to share information about how they feel and
their fears. Sometimes in all the activity
children need to be reassured they are safe
and support.

Parents talk to your children and use technology
like Twitter to communicate with weather people
with up to date information.
@FCNTim – Tim Deegan at First Coast News
@Katie_Jeffries Katie Jeffries First Coast News

#TropicalStormHermine
@wjxt4

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The coming tropical storm is an opportunity to talk
to children about the weather. To integrate STEM and
STEAM knowledge and learn about the environment and
the importance of understanding the weather.

There are many avenues of learning that can be done
at home. Parents should recognize “teachable
moments” for their children and the family.

Parents can influence sometimes the direction
of their children’s interest into areas not
formally thought of and involve STEM and STEAM
initiatives. Make learning fun and memorable.

Watching videos of the approaching storm can
provide an opportunity to bring the family
together using technology.

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intellecast – The Authority in Expert Weather
Map 1 http://www.intellicast.com/Local/WxMap.aspx

The Weather Channel
Map 2 https://weather.com/weather/radar/interactive/l/USDC0001:1:US

Parents use  your technology to track storm
related information, safety information, evacuation
and flooding information. Help your children
to understand the dynamics of their
community as it relates to the weather.

Use this time to teach your child about natural
events that can affect how they live in their
communities, their cities, their state and nationally.

Watch the news as a family and use your phone,
tablets, computers and other digital devices to
share and even role model careers in meteorology.

Allow your children to take pictures of property
to teach them to be proactive and mindful of property.
If there are seniors near by, check on them and teach
accountability, responsibility and community activism.

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Resources:

State of Emergency
http://www.newstalkflorida.com/featured/rick-scott-declares-state-emergency/

Florida Getting Ready
http://www.newstalkflorida.com/featured/tropical-depression-brings-heavy-rains-bay-area/

WJXT Weather
https://twitter.com/WJXT4

First Coast News
https://twitter.com/FCN2go

Jax Sheriff’s Office ‏@JSOPIO
#Hermine tip – Have access to cash just in case.
If power goes out, ATM’s and credit cards won’t work.
#JAX #JSO #Jacksonville

National Hurricane Center
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/152604.shtml?5-daynl

Accuweather
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/tropical-storm-hermine-to-aim-for-florida-gulf-coast-bring-risk-of-flooding-severe-thunderstorms/59791044

Governor Rick Scott
http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2016/08/31/tropical-depression-storm-florida-emergency-hawaii-hurricanes/89644626/

November 10, 2015

Social Media: Parents vs Teens


Social Media: Parents vs Teens

The holiday seasons are coming quickly, new high tech devices
are allowing teens to increase their Social Media connections
with friends. Social Media networks like; Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, Vine, SnapChat, Youtube and others allow for the
exchange of all types of social information both positive and
negative.
SM by teens are their primary means of sharing information and
posting personal content. Parents should be prepared for the
increase in digital connections, Smartphones, tablets and even
watches open diverse challenges to managing personal information
in which some type does not need to be share.

Wireless technologies have allowed for unprecedented access
to people and data. Because of the easy access to online resources
there should always be open communication between youth/teens
with their parents. The distractions and dangers of life can quickly
bring tragedy and second guessing of parental responsibilities
and accountability for young lives when there is death or injury
from Cyberbullying and misunderstood intentions.

Parents cannot allow Social Media to be a baby sitter for their children
just as television should not be a substitute for parental engagement
and teaching social skills. Parents may find it difficult to start a
conversation about the use of technology and Social Media; start
the conversation about the inclusion of Social Media in a teen’s life,
parents should understand that their children may know more about
technology, but parent knows more about life and survival skills.
This fact alone can strengthen the conversation on safety and survival
in a world of diversity in ideologies, economic status and educational
access. Social Media is a snapshot of our society, being connected to
multiple people with diverse backgrounds.
There are growing numbers of youth and teens being lured and seduced
into prostitution, sexual torture and murdered from online meetups.
Technology is necessary, an important part life, the bond between
families cannot afford to be disrupted by electronic devices.

Communication is in a digital arena not verbal so Social Media, texting
and digital interaction is common with teens. This interaction is not
always sexual, but the sharing of social information can lead to situations
of personal invasion. Because of the intrusiveness of technology parents
need to set boundaries just as they would if their child or children were
at a playground or a swimming pool.
Parents need to monitor what is being shared online, some information
may be dangerous or lead to future problems in developing relationships
or potential child stalkers becoming friends with unguided and
unmonitored youth and teens.

As a Teacher of the Year, STEAM educator, a national/international
Blogger and presenter of Social Media Safety, with over 25 years in
public education and higher education, many teens lack the appropriate
processing skills to manage their Social Media content. What they put
online can be used as a benefit when they become adults or a hazard
during the developing teen years.
A quick comment, a moment of frustration, the thrust of jealousy and a
period of anger can cause teens to post comments that have profanity,
potential slanderous statements or even threats of physical or property
damage.

Parents cannot afford to be negligent, ignorant or complacent in their
child or children’s social media activities. “Parents need to be involved
and engaged even checking phones, tablets, laptops and desktops”
William Jackson 2012.
Stages of development for online behavior are a gradual process
requiring parental supervision and parental communication. Schools
cannot be responsible to totally teaching technology literacy. Canada,
France, Britain and Australia all have national media literacy standards
for students in their educational curriculum; the United States because
the educational system is decentralized does not have a national model.
Parents must be the guiding force of reason and education outside of
the school. Parents set the tone for Social Media morals and ethics
in Social Media conduct.

A very important reminder anything that is put online stays online and
never goes away. Even if a student tries to delete their online content
it is backed-up on a server someplace and can be accessed.

Social Media: Parents vs Teens
Parents should spend more time with their kids and teens, parental
involvement is important and contact not through the Internet or cell
phones. Communication is becoming a lost art between parents and
their children. Children and teens will post personal information online
faster than thinking that they should not. This presents potential
dangers that are broad and can influence future safety of the family.
Talking can save your child’s life or the families from Internet and the
dangers that are a real and present danger.

October 5, 2015

Teen Leaders of America – Social Media Marketing and Branding

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Teen Leaders of America – Social Media Marketing and Branding
by William Jackson, M.Ed.

Having a serious discussion about Social Media with teens is becoming just
as important as talking to them about sex, drugs, finances, driving and
potential involvement with law enforcement. Youth, teens and young adults
cannot be given free rein on the Internet without training, counseling and
realistically behavioral expectations because of the potential of harmful
content that may have serious effects on the mental, emotional and even
physical conditions of our children.

The Internet has grown in influence to where the content of people of all
ages, backgrounds and genders are judged by the content they post, people
will view the tweets, videos, pictures, Facebook posts and other content and
make judgments on the type of person teens are. There may be influences
that try to influence behaviors, alliances, and even change morals and
values, involvement with gangs (foreign and domestic), extremist organizations
(like ISSI), and pressure to Cyberbully and even involvement in Sexting. These
dangers will have future consequences with teens seeking employment,
entrance into higher education, military service and even establishing careers
in the future. As I tell the youth I talk to “Social Media can be your best
friend or worse enemy, when establishing your SWAG for careers and
higher education.” William Jackson, M.Ed. Edward Waters College

The workshop with Teen Leaders of America – Social Media Awareness workshop
addressed teaching students of the positive and negative effects of Social Media;
and educating those in attendance on how to use Social Media for Networking,
Marketing and Brand development.

Having a serious and at times humorous discussion about #SocialMedia,
students are being held accountable and responsible for their #SocialMedia
content by future employers, schools, law enforcement if there is an
indication of Bullying/Cyberbullying, Sexting and involvement in criminal
activity. Teen Leaders of America program is held at Edward Waters
College the oldest Historically Black College (HBCU) in Jacksonville,
Florida. William Jackson is a instructor at EWC teaching Educational
Technology with a component of Social Media and STEAM.

Teen Leaders of America was developed by Marcia Brown and more information
about this engaging program can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/marcia.brown.376695?fref=ts

“You can create any persona you want to online. Amazing and sad
that ppl cut out parts of their being so that they can get business!
(or look better than they really are) @amourcarthy
Amour Cathy, Ed.M
#SocialMedia defines you and creates prejudgements based
on your posted content. Be true to who you really are. @wmjackson

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