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.

Being Young, Black and Gifted

Setting the example takes the idea of being the example to another level. Too often we hear stories of how children of color don’t have enough examples of success stories outside of athletes and entertainers. However, in Metro Atlanta, there are still amazing success stories including the Honorable Devetrion Caldwell.  Mr. Caldwell is the youngest elected official of the Douglass County…

Should We Revisit Vocation in Schools?

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Should we revisit vocation in schools, yes we should! I believe that in today’s technology era, experience in vocation still matters. Vocational educational gives an opportunity for all students to find the best pathway towards future successes. There is a certain stigma around vocational…

EdConnect Changes Engagement: Atlanta Advocate Danielle LeSure Shares Challenges with Connecting Families

“Families have to see themselves embedded in the school’s culture in order to really be engaged!” EdConnect is an educational non-profit started by local educational advocate, Danielle LeSure. She wanted to teach parents about their school choice options across Georgia. Communication is a common challenge with engaging and connecting families. Positive communication requires that faculty and staff members are friendly, trusting…

H&M Ad Compares Black Children to Monkeys

Mainstream American companies such as H&M are negatively depicting Black children with insensitive ads that perpetuate racially motivated ideals. America has a history of negatively portraying black citizens, especially black men and boys in the media. Millions of Americans just watched and celebrated the accomplishments of both Sterling Brown and Oprah Winfrey last evening which seem often too rare. It…

It’s Time for School’s to LEADright!

The Asian Proverb “Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand” is central to the work of LEADright.  LEADright is an educational entity that coaches and trains leaders for excellence. LEADright works with individuals, organizations, and business.  LEADright also provides professional learning and development for teachers, teacher-leaders, administrator, and boards. I have seen the work and…

Strong Leadership for Tough Times: Former Board of Education Member Speaks Out

“Standing up for what is right isn’t always easy but it’s always necessary!” – Steven Lee  Dr. Steven Lee, former Atlanta Board of Education, is the founder of the Unity Network and Counseling Center (UNCC). The 22-year-old non-profit organization is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Steven is planning to continue his work through the UNCC programs beginning January 2018 when his…