George Maxey of New Town Success Zone Participates in TEDxFSCJ

George Maxey of New Town Success Zone Participates in TEDxFSCJ


by William Jackson, My Quest To Teach

George Maxey, Executive Director of New Town Success Zone,  Lashontah Holiday, Project Coordinator/Data Analysis Manager and William Jackson, Educator, Community Activist, Social Media Visionary with My Quest To Teach attended the TEDxFSCJ with a discussion focusing on the effects of violence and incarceration, the lived realities of racism and gender-based trauma, the economic roots of crime, and policy innovations within the criminal justice system.

The seriousness of the growth of youth crime and violence was the central focus of this panel discussion centered around the causes of youth, teens and young adults that enter into the justice system because of criminal involvement. Additional focus was on prevention and understanding why this is happening and the value of improving the educational system to help youth and teens that have been in the justice system. The importance of having youth, teens and  young adults part of the discussion with the State Attorney Office, law enforcement and even collaboration with state, local and national governmental agencies to prevent crime by youth, teens and young adults. Titled “Common Stories, Uncommon Futures”

George E. Maxey, the Executive director of the New Town Success Zone participated in the TEDxFSCJ panel discussion,
also present and participating were:

Melissa W. Nelson, the State Attorney for Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit.
Kimberly Hall, professor of criminal justice at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Christina Parrish Stone, Executive Director of the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council, Inc.
Davin Brown, 17-year-old senior at Robert E. Lee High School and a founding member of the EVAC Movement.
Alyssa Beck, Advocacy specialist for the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, with a passion for improving the lives of young women.

New Town Success Zone, Vision Keepers and community volunteers are working to bring about change in communities by providing relevant resources and experts in diverse fields that are teaching in fields such as medical information, business ownership, entrepreneurial growth, building self-confidence and community collaborations. Workshops are being offered and monthly training to engage community members and build self-esteem, community pride and continued participation in the education system to provide a motivating force for children.

Communication is very important from using Social Media platforms like Facebook to word of mouth, workshops and even food giveaways. Multiple strategies to feed the mind and body.

More information can be found at:
Vision Keepers
George Maxey
Additional Photos from event provided by 
Wm Jackson

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William graduated from #SouthCarolinaStateUniversity earning a Bachelor’s in #Education, he furthered his education, earning a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Webster University with a focus on Educational Technology, #SocialMedia and #STEM. William’s career involves teaching with #NASA throughout the 90’s, technology consultant with the Florida Department of Education early 2000’s and currently Professor with #EdwardWatersCollege (2004 to present) teaching Educational Technology, Social Media and STEM. Over 25 yrs in public education teaching Physical Education and #Technology, on the elementary level. William is a 4th generation educator. An instructor in the Call Me Mister Program at Edward Waters College.

William is not only an educator, but he is a Social Media consultant, presenter on STEM/#STEAM, Bullying and Cyberbullying, Internet Safety and his passion #Blogging and #Writing. William keeps active in the Jacksonville community involved in Mentoring Programs for youth, teens and young adults. Mentoring and guiding teens and young adults. The focus of the writings: Technology in Education, The engagement of STEM and STEAM, Bullying, Internet Safety, Social Media, Suicide Prevention, empowering fathers and parenting issues are just a few of his blogs.