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.
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