The vision of “Vision Keepers” is spreading throughout
of Jacksonville, Florida. People of color and culture
are beginning to understand that in order to
create change, individuals must be
Change comes first in the thought process of
critically thinking where you are currently in
education, economics, commerce, and political
effective or ineffectiveness.
“Education is our passport to the future, for
tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare
for it today.” Malcolm X
The realization of the importance of the human
experience that each person is important. If you
are not present what change have you or are
If your not present will you be missed? Have
you made any changes in your community to
make your community safer, economically
worth investment in and what kind of gener-
ational difference have you made?
There is program, upon program, the same
people are working hard to create, build, make
and sometimes force change.
Change will not happen until collectively the comm-
unity joins together not just for a month, a year
or even a decade. That change must be sustainable
and scalable to where generationaly the change
affects everyone in positive and productive ways.
People in the community must have ownership
and held accountable for the change to remain
and more importantly grow.
“Don’t condemn if you see a person has a dirty
glass of water, just show them the clean glass of
water that you, or someone else has.
When they inspect it, you won’t have to say that
yours is better.”
This should motivate them to want to do better,
to reach their potential. Malcolm X,
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone are
making changes in the thinking of entreprenurials
and business owners. Programs are in place to help
those with the thoughts, ideas, creativity and
innovation to create businesses that effect the
community, changes that bring about growth,
pride, dignity and self-reliance on the ability to
provide products and services that are
in need in the community.
“Adults in the African American community must
embrace their talents and gifts, show their children
that they are blessed with their individual talents.
Embrace failure because that allows for
growth. Never be afraid to fail…..”
William Jackson, Social Media Visionary
Entrepreneurials are realizing there are people that
can help build a business from the ground up. Provide
the financial infrastructure and the technical know how
to establish a foundation of sustainability and profits.
Businesses are being designed to provide what is needed
in re-investment, but also to make profits that can be
re-invested in the community, that can be invested
in youth, teens and young adults in programs that
are not born yet and provide internship
and scholarships to provide access to educational
In order for change to happen citizens must attend
the meetings that Vision Keepers and New Town
Success Zone provides freely and enthusiastically
to the community. To invest and re-invest
in oneself is the first step to growth and esta-
blishing a change that people want to see when
they look in the mirror or see in their bank accounts.
The feelings in too many cases are that more police
will change communities, stricter gun laws, locking
up youth, teens and young adults that commit even
minor crimes and the school to prison pipeline
debate continues. These do not work.
The reality is that increased educational opportunities
do work, exposure to business and entrepreneurial
opportunities for youth, teens and young adults to
start their own businesses do work.
Teaching children and teens that writing, poetry, blogging,
coding, web development can open doors to new careers.
Providing business mentors and role models do work and
even allowing youth, teens and young adults to take field
trips and providing professionals to visit the schools more
often to talk to students and answer questions does work.
Depending on who you talk to, too many do not see the
value of children of color and culture, too many
have already passed judgement before allowing
education, business, commerce and economic
changes to work.
No society can survive on the “lock them up mentality”
because the reflection will fall back on what skills
will our youth, teens and young adults have when
released from prison if they are not trained to stay
out of prison they will repeat.
“Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not
be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again. Most
of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,’ and
therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid that it is
why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults
have resigned themselves to failure.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The beauty of the power of communication and obser-
vation, instead of competition try collaboration and ?
cooperation for the same goals and VISION. Work
together to improve the community not fight to own
“Anytime you find someone more successful than
you are, especially when you’re both engaged in
the same business you know they’re doing some-
thing that you aren’t.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
There are business learning opportunities already
taking place, the community must want to parti-
cipate to improve themselves.
Business and Social Media Workshop
Vision Keepers Economic Development Meeting
Monday, October 16th 2017
6pm to 8:40pm
Bring your own Hotspot….