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

JIW Group Photo.jpg

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

May 6, 2016

Part 1 Mental Health – What‘s your Status

Part 1 Mental Health – What‘s your Status
William Jackson, My Quest To Teach
Official Blogger for African American
Mental Health Initiative (AAMHI)


In today’s society knowing your status can be the difference
between being living a productive life or faced with
unimaginable challenges. Being employed or unemployable,
socially active or reclusive. The availability to medications and
counseling that can help maintain a productive lifestyle and
even prevent incarceration because of irrational behaviors.

Life is fragile enough without the uncertainty of mental illness
and the challenges that may come with it. Just as it is important
to know your status as it relates to STD’s Sexually Transmitted
Diseases. It is important to have a grasp of what your mental
condition is and how it is affected by the stresses of everyday

Families have been torn apart, feelings changed forever and
mental instabilities potentially damaged the relationships
between family members. Mental illness not only affects that
person, individually but has consequences on the family and
even extended family structure.  Mental Illness is not a crime
and should not be seen as a violation of the laws of this nation.

Those suffering with Mental Illness still have rights, human and
civil rights. The actions of those suffering with mental illnesses
have consequences, behaviors that may be treated with
compassion, empathy, common sense and even leniency in
some cases. The violation of the mind is intrusive, it creates
atmospheres of uncertainty in the reality of the mind or the
perceptions of reality. Treatment, counseling and even the
correct medications are important to remain in touch with
what is important and enhances life.


What is experienced through the senses is questioned, in
some cases certain realities are denied and actions are not
based on facts, but based on the distorted views that the mind
creates. Education is important in the community, educators in
schools districts across the nation are taking mental health
training to obtain a foundation to recognize signs and symptoms
of school aged children. Not to diagnose, and not to treat, but to
prepare educators to the potential of mental illness and challenges
that create distractions to learning. Societies challenges can
been seen in key areas outside of the medical field; education,
law enforcement, the legal systems of our communities and
even religious entities. All are a key part in providing assistance
to those that need a holistic relationship in keeping productive.

This and future blogs are in association with the AAMHI
African American Mental Health Initiative that is working hard in
Jacksonville, Florida to change the sigma of mental illness in
the African American community. This is not to say services,
resources, and interaction is not provided to the general public,
this is further from the truth. The reality is the perceptions and
interaction to mental health is diversely different in the African
American community.


African American Mental Health Initiative (AAMHI) is working
to provide a foundation to allow the thoughts, feelings, voices,
stories to be told, shared and interacted with. To change the
perceptions, generational curses and religious traditions of
silence and shame. These have to be changed to break the
mental limitations of silence, being open and honest and seeking
help is the key.

This blog and other to follow will share information leading to
the 5K Walk and Village Talk on Saturday May 14, 2016
and the gathering at Unity Plaza for a “Village Talk.”

Narissa Black, Mental Health Professional

Register today at:
Please share with your network the importance of learning
about mental illness and encouraging others to have open
discussions and beat the shame of perceptions.
If you have any questions, please call 904-412-4366.
Facebook :

Mental Health

Ann Marlow,
African American Mental Health Initiative (AAMHI)
AAMHI Mental Health Walk & Village Talk FREE
May 14, 2016
7am to 1pm
Unity Plaza
220 Riverside Avenue, 32202
Gladzena Young
MHWVT Coordinator
Donations are welcomed

William D. Jackson, M.Ed.

September 18, 2015

Mental Health A Celebration of Life for AAMHI

AAMHI African American Mental Health Initiative, Inc.
Hosting a Mental Health Symposium
“Mental Illness Can Mask Who We Are”
is the topic of discussion.
Saturday, September 19th 2015

The symposium is an open dialogue on mental illness by providing
“consistent” education, support, and workshops, featuring individuals,
agencies, counselors, clergy, etc. in the mental health field; as well as
other various initiatives “aimed” at providing culturally diverse solutions
for the individual, their families and/or caregivers!!!

Professional Speakers
Dr. Richmond D. Wynn – PhD, LMHC, NCC
Assistant Professor & Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of North Florida

Dr. Mia R. Wilson – EdD, LMHC, CAP
Owner – Private Practice
Sankofa Behavioral Health Services –

Ceandar Baker – BA Psycology, MBA Project Management
“The Activist”
CEO & Founder of Inspire for Purpose
CFO & Executive Director of Extended Hands Worldwide Ministries

Anthony Landrum – Montford Point Marine
First Sergeant
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Mary Durham Anderson, Writer
“Generational Curse” – Bipolar

For more details call (904) 479-6741
(904) 899-2614

A light lunch will be served immediately after
this event and networking

We are seeking professional medical agencies that
would like to sign up as a vendor for future meetings

Share this event on Facebook and Twitter
We hope you can make it!

African American Mental Health Initiative (AAMHI)
Mental Health A Celebration of Life for AAMHI


The acronym “AAMHI” contains more than letters that spell out a
need to become excited and aiming high to overcome a challenge.
It represents the desire to educate, empower, encourage and
eradicate the misconceptions of mental illness.

Even though the governmental bodies of this state (Florida) and
nationally have chosen to turn a blind eye to stable funding and
recognizing that mental illness cannot be cured or treated by jail
cells, bus tickets to send those afflicted with challenges to
other communities and even seen on news media where law enforcement
harass and even use violence to intimidate community members that
are suffering from mental illness, it is quite clear that the true
resources and personnel are not funded like they should be to be
proactive and treating those challenged with mental afflictions.

There are day to day challenges that cause stress, aggravation,
agitation, anger, doubt, mental discomfort and even depression,
so professionals that are trained and qualified are needed more
than ever nationally. The media reports of shootings, violence,
criminal activity and suicides are an indication that the brain that
controls the body is in trouble and needs help.

Mental health is vital to perform living functions in day to day
responsibilities associated with family, employment, accomplishing
tasks that may seem mundane, but require their completion to live.

There is not an instruction manual nor a schematic that diagrams
how life should go and no amount of planning can create a mental
utopia of complete calm and lack of stress, life can be and is
at times stressful and even painful. Mental illness is real when
those in the limelight of entertainment from singers, dancers, actors,
and other performers take their lives. This shows that money is not
the cure for total happiness and fame and fortune does not leave
people immune.

To this end it should not be an embarrassment or depressive
nature to not seek assistance in coping and over-coming challenges
that arise in life.  Sometimes there needs to be counseling, a shoulder
to cry on and even the potential for medication. Family support,
responsibility and even accountability  is important in supporting
not condemning or ostracizing family members when they hit mental
bumps in life. “AAMHI” is dedicated to providing a positive platform
for supporting, encouraging, counseling, blessing and guiding those
who are afflicted with mental illness.

A letter from the CEO of “AAMHI”shows that there is a need for the
resources of “AAMHI” in Jacksonville, Florida.

Letter from CEO and President Ann Marlow

Greetings to Everyone!!!

I am sure that most of you have either read or heard of the tragedies
that have occurred over the past year throughout the world; shootings
at major Universities; major retail chains, and most notably the downing
of a plane over the French Alps that claimed the lives of 149 people.
More recently, there have been several shootings in movie theatres, schools,
college campuses and just a few days ago, a news reporter and photographer

Every time I hear of these tragedies, it is a constant reminder there is
still a lot of work to be done to BREAK the SILENCE concerning an illness
that is quickly rising to EPIDEMIC proportions!!!

For this reason, I felt the need to launch “African American Mental Health
Initiative — AAMHI, Inc. (pronounced AIM-HI).
This initiative would focus “specifically” on our local communities in greater
Jacksonville and the surrounding counties.

The “Mission” of AAMHI is to “SOW S.E.E.D.S!”  SEEDS of Support, Education,
Empowerment, Dedication, and Strength to reap a “harvest” on mental HEALTH!!!!
AAMHI’s  “Vision” is to change the way African Americans “think and perceive”
mental illness by providing “consistent” education and support via monthly
symposiums and workshops, featuring individuals, agencies, counselors, clergy,
etc. in the mental health field; as well as other various initiatives “aimed”
at providing culturally diverse solutions for the individual, their families
and/or caregivers!!!

Although we understand that the challenge is great, we are counting on YOU and
would like to leave you with a thought-provoking prayer:

God grant me the serenity to “accept” the things I CANNOT change,
The “courage” to change the things that I CAN,
And the “wisdom” to know the DIFFERENCE.

AAMHI will be hosting a Mental Health Symposium
“Mental Illness Can Mask Who We Are”
on Saturday, September 19th 2015 from 10:00am-12:00pm
Community Rehabilitation Center (CRC)
623 Beechwood
Jacksonville, Fl 32206

Light lunch being served immediately after the event.
The Jacksonville, Florida and surrounding communities are
invited to this free event.

Ann Marlow
African American Mental Health Initiative, Inc.  (AAMHI)
(904) 479-6741

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