Hey team. I’m working on another new project. A community organizing guide for novices. My goal is to provide a useable toolkit to help regular people like you and I get in action to develop our communities to be in action and in purposed service for our futures.
Are you a leader currently giving back to your community? -or- Are you looking to get out of your head and into action to develop your community for your family and friends?
I’m looking for 100 Community Leaders to participate in a survey uncovering our strengths, needs, and goals we’ve identified on our journey to community empowerment.
Could you support me with your feedback and 10 minutes of your time.
Hey team. I’m working on a new project. A book for student athletes. Which will…
Focus on their success!
Were you an athlete in college? -or- Do you know one?
I’m looking for 100 Former Collegiate Athletes to participate in a survey uncovering the powerful lessons we learned of the world as student-athletes. Feedback will go into a Student-Athlete Success Guide I’m currently drafting.
Could you support me with your feedback and 10 minutes of your time.
You’re a leader! I can smell it! I can tell just by looking at you. I can tell just by the simple fact that you’re attracted to this post. BUT my question is have you figured out how to view leadership opportunities (that you may/may not feel ready for) as TOOLS to help you learn?
You may be saying…. But I”m not ready for that position
DO IT ANYWAY
But I need time to get my bearings before I launch that….
DO IT ANYWAY
I need to save up enough money before I can…
Nevermind yo! I’ma let Lisa Nichols tell you better than I can 😉
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Dear Director of Admissions, A Grad School Production:
A Follow Up Letter For Future Grad School Enrollment
The following is a letter I sent to a graduate school advisor shortly after attending the Idealist Graduate School College Fair in the city. This letter has been sitting in draft for about 1.5 years now. I want to say I sent this to the advisor I met from an ivy institution. Its been so long that I can’t clearly remember. I was exploring my negotiation skills. Hoping that if I reached out with my needs he would try to meet me halfway.
Dear Director of Graduate Admissions,
It was an honor to meet you at the Idealist Grad School Fair. I really appreciated your time, and thoughtful responses to my questions. I wanted to reach out to follow up with some more thoughtful inquiries I had about the program there at your [Graduate School of Education] (GSE). I apologize for the length here, but I wanted to convey a clearer picture of who I am as a potential GSE student.
I’m currently working in NYC Department of Education as a High School Special Education Teacher. I’m in my third year in the classroom, and have recently finished my Masters of Urban Education (Special Education Instruction) coursework at Long Island University, Brooklyn. I’m also the elected Union Chapter Leader (United Federation of Teachers) for my school building and team. Currently my biggest challenge is building a cohesive and trusting team of teachers, and driving effective and collaborative communications between my school’s administration and its teaching staff, through the education and implementation of our collectively bargained contract agreement.
Prior to this, I worked in the non-profit sector doing leadership development work and postsecondary education technical assistance for YouthBuild USA. I entered YouthBuild as an Americorps Vista as a midwestern transplant eager to relocate to the east coast and enter the professional world. Youthbuild is an international network of community programs working to provide academic, vocational, and service learning experience to young marginalized students in economically unstable communities around the globe. There, I traveled around the country and for three years worked to organize the program’s alumni, student-leadership representatives, and program staff via postsecondary access and best practice conferences.
In the distant future, I see myself working with philanthropic foundations and citizens to help craft targeted and developmental community programs and initiatives within marginalized communities. I also would like to open a leadership academy of my own, to help develop budding community and social development educators, organizer, and activists.
In the near future, I see myself running effective and innovative community and academic development programs for municipal governments targeted to their marginalized citizens. I would spend my time writing, and running workshops at various professional development conferences, and engaging in research and application development through on -the-ground community and mentoring programs.
I’ve included some questions I have about your graduate school experience. Maybe we can set up a phone conference to discuss some of the topics?
How can I get the most out of your GSE program?
What would you have done differently during your time as a GSE student?
What made you a strong student for GSE and through GSE?
As an educator, historical perspective in connection with culturally dominant educational theory is an area of macro-level focus via my pedagogy. To your knowledge, have people of color expressed any doubt or second thoughts about attending a graduate school there? How does the university address the importance of incorporating a diverse, culturally well-rounded and respectful perspective into its curriculum and assessment practices?
What makes your GSE the strongest place to get this education for me as a Black and Male scholar? Why your school over Harvard? Howard? NYU? Brown?
Growing up, my most meaningful and immersive experiences have come when I’m engaged in a cohort learning model. What would the African American Male population look like in my cohort if I were to take classes at your GSE? How does the GSE work to create a strong cohort experience for its students at-large?
Alumni Organization(s) and Engagement:
What student organizations/alumni associations would I have access to, or be able to engage with for mentorship purposes? In addition, what orgs and associations would I be able to volunteer my time and skills to?
What are some of the strengths of the school’s library/knowledge banks?
What type of career and internship options have been made available to students upon completion of the program?
Yes, the search has begun again for another… new training program.
So, I accomplished one of my long time goals of developing and running a leadership workshop for my fellow Black male peers. I know I haven’t been writing and sharing much lately. Its been….. tough. Each time I start writing I get distracted and do something different.
I wanted to provide a quick synopsis of the process(es) and the context behind the event. The video is a bit long. 20 minutes. But I’m going to work on getting my videos down to 10-15 minutes. Also, I’m providing a copy of the powerpoint slides incase you need something .
Part of me knows I should explain these more… but another part of me knows that it will take me forever to explain further. Hopefully you enjoy. Hopefully you’re able to use this to help begin your own empowerment programming within your community.
The Creative Dreamers Award has been funded! We’ve met our goal of $3,000. I have a call next week with our liaison on campus to discuss next steps in regards to communicating the scholarship to the campus, alerting the selection committee, and figuring out how we can start building an actual endowment or if we should continue to go the yearly route. In hindsight, it took far more time to get the actual scholarship paperwork complete than it took to raise the total amount of funds. Proof that its not that difficult to do your own if your interested. Hopefully my subliminal hints aren’t so subliminal…
As we all know, the world works in very mysterious ways. I recently stumbled across an article about another young creative dreamer doing his part to spread positivity, push himself, and completely dominate the game. Meet JeShaune Jackson, a 26 year old, business owner, graduate student, philanthropist, and mentor. [He sounds a lot like me, or at least what I want myself to become.] JeShaune recently delivered his first Jeshaune D. Jackson Scholarship to a young African American male student at his alma mater Bedford High School in Ohio. Even better, JeShaune introduces his scholarship winners and runner ups to black physicians and scientists, and develops his own mentor relationship through consistent check ins and relationship building activities.
With his scholarship, JeShaune plans to build black youth by providing them the much needed one on one mentoring and role modeling they will need to support their future successes. JeShaune himself earned a bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University in Premed and Biology. He’s currently pursuing two masters degrees from Case Western Reserve University – Entrepreneurial Biology and an MBA in Design and Innovation, and wants to add a medical degree on top of that.
Donate directly to JeShaune’s scholarship:
JeShaune D. Jackson Scholarship to Treasurers Office
Bedford City School District
475 Northfield Road
Bedford, Ohio 44146
JeShaune is a philanthropist, scholar, and also businessman. He created the business/nonprofit organization BioComm. The organization brings together graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds – medical, law, engineering, business, and other fields – to build proposals for science and medical innovations. Participants gain valuable entrepreneurial and business experience working across fields and with real world clients. With the help of the students, JeShaune’s BioComm looks to bridge the gap between science innovation and consumer. You can watch a video proposal featuring Je’Shaune and BioComm at the Johnson and Johnson Be Vital Challenge website.
As we can see JeShaune is an ambitiously inspirational player on the scene. Its humbling and invigorating to see him accomplish his goals. I love the vision he has carved out for himself and his endeavors. He is leading from the front! Think of it as front-row leadership. Being different and resultantly impactful with your leadership. What are some ways you lead from the front? Leave your ideas in the comments section below.
Find out more about JeShaune, the scholarship, and BioComm: