Author: Jason B. Allen

Over the last 10 years, Jason B. Allen has worked in Education servicing our students, families and communities in various positions from After School and Summer Camp Director, Teacher Assistant, Associate Teacher, ELA & Reading Teacher (elem, middle and high school), Parent Liaison and a Family Engagement Specialist. A major goal of his is to ensure that all youth have positive role models to emulate and aspire them to find greatness in their endeavors. Throughout his academic career, he has mentored many young, African American males through his national mentoring program, BMWI (Black Men with Initiative), serving as the third National President. He has also volunteered with several community organizations including PTSA, Lillie’s Foundation and the JoJo Martin Renal Disease Foundation. He has served in various Board Chair capacities, completed Board Certification through the GA Charter Schools Commission, GA Leadership Academy Economic & Leadership Development Certification. He’s also a YouCAN advocate with 50Can and a 2017 GA Forward fellow. Embedding the spirit of service, the main goal of Mr. Allen is to simply help others along his life’s journey. He’s dedicated to servicing those in need, determined to do the right thing for the right reasons and dependable; living by his word being his bond.

We Must Lift Every Voice! #AdvocacyMatters

“If you let a person talk long enough, you’ll hear their true intentions! Listen twice, speak once.” – Tupac Shakur  Over the last couple of years in Atlanta, advocacy has been demonized and labeled as a bad thing. One contributing factor to this is that some parents and community stakeholders are using advocacy to “agitate” the system for personal glorification. How…

No Where to Go! The Struggle of Muslim Students in American Schools

I’m not Muslim, but I understand how they feel. As a Black male in America, I’m often the victim of stereotypes—a public menace, criminal, thug and the countless other assumptions that are accompanied with being Black in America. The issue is, stereotypes are mostly negative and portray something or someone negatively. It’s time that we address the unfair, biases that are…

Millennial Charter Leaders are Changing the Game!

Millennial leaders are thriving in Education around Metro Atlanta proving that the Black and Brown communities are very much connected to and involved in school choice. It’s refreshing to see young, Black educators in positions of leadership and influence helping change the course of our children’s learning. Davion Lewis is the incoming Executive Director at Latin College Prep Charter School in East Point…

Trump Dumps Family Engagement Centers

Family engagement essential ingredient for student success! – Dr. Karen Mapp  President Trump recently signed a bill which continues funding for education through September 2017. As a member of the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement, I am very concerned about how this will effect the ability for schools across the nation to effectively engage families and communities. There…

The Fundamental Elements of Outreach

Outreach, the extent to reach out or to reach further than!  Outreach is a critical piece to community engagement. Many of our stakeholders in Education are judged by stereotypes and prejudices that often prevent them from being partners of schools. School Districts across the Nation are struggling with how to effectively engage communities and families in order to enhance the…

International Missing Children’s Day

Remembering children who have gone missing and those who have been found. – International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children  International Missing Children’s Day is acknowledged in May. In our country, the May signifies two major things in the lives of schools and families; graduation and the end of school. However, as these are times of celebration, children also become greater targets around these…