now you can listen to the international blog My Quest To Teach
by William Jackson, M.Ed. and Aida Correa.
Writing and Storytelling for Africans
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
“Writers have to recognize the works of the artist and
those of the activist. Creating content is more than just
throwing words, video, pictures on a digital sheet of
paper. There is serious intellectual thought during the
writing process. Sometimes writing will be in a zone of
creativity and innovation to create new content that has
an intended outcome, but sometimes the outcomes are
unknown.” William Jackson
Professor Soyinka “Just sit down and write….” as he has
stated to growing African writers across the continent.
The ability of a blogger / writer to write also means that
they have a responsibility to tell the story of those that
cannot write, those that are silent and have no voice.
Digital content is powerful and enabling to bring recog-
nition, attention and urgency to civic issues that need
to be addressed.
The growth of the blogger / writer is composed of periods
of growth, reconciliation, enlightenment and a civic
responsibility to write / blog not just for oneself, but for
those that do not have a voice and will not be heard.
The ability to share a story comes from the ability to listen
and apply knowledge from a person’s experiences,
interactions, goals for growth and even how mistakes are
made and learned from.
The diversity of culture influences a writer’s ability to
“touch” the people they are writing to or writing for.
When past writers applied their skills they shared stories
that could be connected to real life, to the experiences
that many knew they could connect to.
The diversity of African bloggers represents the diversity of
a continent that influences not just the global weather, but
has digital extensions that influence business, commerce,
entrepreneurial spirits of the dreamers, creators and
innovators that have ideas to change the world around them.
Africa is in a constant state of flux economically, educationally,
culturally and the future is unknown, but it is becoming
brighter and brighter as business and entrepreneurial
opportunities become available.
Writers like author and Professor Wole Soyinka who are
involved in civic issues, governmental policies and the
educational growth of youth, teens and adults. He
is of the past, but influences the present.
There are modern writers waiting to be read.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has been nominated for a Nobel
Peace Prize in 2017 and is a strong contender to win
one in literature.
The African continent has birthed intellectual and
intelligent writers that have embraced and applied
digital platforms to awaken and encourage others in
the African diaspora to spread their digital wings and
take flight. The storytellers of the past have grown and
adapted to the Bloggers, Vbloggers, Podcasters,
Facebook Live and Instagram visionaries building,
creating, designing and posting content that influences
thought not just emotions.
Stated by Soyinka, “when Africans learn the power they
have in their hands in writing, they can influence their
communities and make important and needed changes
because they will have a voice that others can hear and
Writing is a grassroots process that builds knowledge in
Africans of all ages and can influence generations. The
educational process is key because as can be seen in Africa
it is dangerous to allow your colonizers to educate your
children. Their goals are not the goals of those being
oppressed. The goal of the oppressor is the keep the
oppressed ignorant. So that their resources can be drained
dry before the oppressed realize what is happening
to their lands, to their people and their very existence.
Stated by Prof. William Jackson of My Quest to Teach
“If we (Blacks) are not speaking for ourselves or writing
for ourselves, someone else is going to describe who we
are, where we came from and ultimately where we are going.”
This creates identity problems because those that are doing
the writing are not looking through the eyes of those being
written about. The people are not seen as people they are
seen as little things with no value, as Chinua Achebe states,
“as funny things.”
Too many stories are wrong in their direction to offer solutions
to issues that Africans are experiencing. Africans must be able
to tell their own stories because there is a story to tell…..
“Your pen has to be on fire.” Chinua Achebe
Social Media has opened more doors to express, share
and even demand change.
How many people use social media in Africa?
10 Best African Speakers
Digital Innovation and Integration Empowering Global Kids
William Jackson, M.Ed – #MyQuestToTeach
Aida Correa – #LoveBuiltLife
The unmistakable truth to mastering technology is the reality that 80% of careers require some level to tech knowledge.The ability to read and comprehend what is being read and
following directions is important. Comprehension is Key….
Achieving success in today’s digital careers will require youth, teens
and young adults to respect the value of learning and gain knowledge
and experiences to grow into leaders.
That creativity, innovation, dreams, inspiration, motivation and
collaboration does matter with others so youth, teens and young
adults along with learning need to learn to get along and work
The access to platforms, tools, Apps, widgets, plugins and other
digital programs is not the only thing needed to be successful, it
takes networking, education, collaboration and hard work.
Globally kids access to conferences are growing nationally and
internationally. Blogging, micro-blogging are needed that
encourage youth, teens and young adults to embrace not just
the tech, but embrace the humanity behind the tech.
The integration of STEAM, STREAM and CSTREAM are components
that are access points to career choices that have not even been
developed yet. In cities across this nation and even globally, there is
the expansion of environmentally friendly and carbon-less infusion
of fossil fuels that are pollutants to our environment.
Educational models are changing in elementary and secondary
education to integrate hands-on and project based learning.
Teachers are facilitators and advisers, they are encouraging
guided discovery, allowing youth, teens and young adults to
be increasingly creative and allow innovative learning to
The building of kids conferences is not what it was a few years ago,
it is growing into an opportunity to get kids exposed to not just the
tech, but the humanity behind it. How tech can allow for the voices
to be heard and a platform for social change.
Teaching the soft-skills of collaboration, respect for differences in
color, culture, gender and generational experiences. Taking the
learning from the classroom and applying it to real world experiences
in STEAM and Web Development. Youth, teens and young adults
should be empowered to mange growing tech.
IT fields are growing at such a rate that children, especially children
of color, culture and ethnic backgrounds are changing their directions
from sports and entertainment to new career options that provide
increased educational and financial stability and growth.
Many kids conferences are stating why just depend on sports
and entertainment to change lives when STEAM can produce
generational increase through education, economic and
Aida Correa – OrganizerKids conferences are helping youth, teens and young adults to create
a web presence that is their digital resume, building Brands, creating
Niches, helping create kids as Influencers and role models.
Their voices are being heard on YouTube, Facebook Live
and through Instagram videos. The concerns of younger
generations is being broadcast and podcast.
Youth, teens and young adults from Central America, Africa, the
United States and Canada are learning from educators, business
owners and entrepreneurs.
It can be seen now that 7 year olds are “digital influencers;”
the term digital influencer, thought leader, digital innovator, smart
creative and others carry respect. The changing of the narrative of
who youth, teens and young adults are and their thinking is changing
because they – youth, teens and young adults are sharing their own
stories on digital platforms that connect like-minded people.
Kids conferences, workshops, meetups, etc, are allowing youth to
even start to solve problems that are not even problems yet and help
kids in Africa change the economic paradigm and foundation for
Central America and Africa are the new bases for entrepreneurs and
solo-preneurs. Kids across the world will have to compete against
African and Central American kids for digital jobs that are remote and
high tech. These youth, teens and young adults are smart, creative
The growth in online educational institutions coupled with online
careers means more and more kids can gain knowledge and skills
digitally and continue to grow faster than their parents. Education
is key and empowering youth, teens and young adults to be
the problem solvers the world needs.
The change is here, it is not coming, being done now with
conferences providing such unique experiences that kids
have their own panels for discussions that are seen in PodCasts.
Parents would be wise to listen to their kids about their dreams,
aspirations and passions because those maybe the conduits
of coming businesses that will change the world as we know it
for generations to come.
Parents need to position their kids to attend tech conferences
to teach skills they will need for now and the future.
Ford and Community Engagement Thru Social Media
William Jackson, FORDVIP Blogger
William Jackson and Aida Correa are attending multiple community
events sponsored by Ford Motor Company and the Southern Ford
Dealers across Florida.
Selected as part of 25 Blogging Influencers that attended the Florida
Blogging and Technology Conference in 2018. Several of the events
are highlighted in this blog.
The Black History Month Unity Networking Mixer in Orlando, Florida,
sharing this event on social media channels to encourage community collaboration to build partnerships in mentoring and business.
Ford sponsors many activities across the state, this effort through
the #FordVIP and #ConnectFord program addresses the use of
social media and digital platforms to reach out to communities to
broaden the vision for unity, collaboration, business growth
and family/community engagement.
William and Aida residents of Jacksonville and part of the 25 member
team FORDVIP Bloggers that blog using multiple platforms and report
on state-wide activities that are sponsored by Ford. Each event
represents family oriented and community based to engagements
promoting the beauty of diversity, awesomeness of inclusion and
the need for increased community service.
What better way to create a vision of diversity and inclusion, to allow
bloggers of diverse backgrounds to share their experiences through
their eyes using their talents, skills and abilities using social media.
The Unity Mixer was attended by several hundred business and
community organizations that contribute to building youth and teen leadership skills, advocates for STEAM and educational success in
Orlando and surrounding areas.
The ROLEX 24 auto race held at Daytona International Raceway
gives a view into the world of motor racing that many do not get to
see and experience.
Bloggers like William, African American, educator and speaker at
national and international WordCamp conferences shares his
views why people of a diversity should experience attending races
with their families.
Aida of Latina background, Puerto Rican shares from the perspective
of a mother, grandmother, Artist what her views are of the fun women
can have with their families attending motor sports.
Cultural backgrounds should not limit the involvement and
engagement of activities that are different and out of the norm.
What better way to experience life than to do things that are
different, exciting, new and innovative.
Pictured are operations managers and marketing specialists that
coordinate with William and Aida to provide maximum exposure
for the Southern Ford Dealers that are sponsoring events that
promote family engagement and unity in their communities.
Attending community events like the Women On The Rise that
celebrates women doing phenomenal things in their communities
that influence youth, teens and young adults is more than a
movement it is a passion for the direction of change.
Attending these events are pictured:
Theresa Campbell (Regional Marketing Specialist Orlando Region),
Aida Correa (FordVIP Blogger),
William Jackson (FordVIP Blogger),
Chaun Brown (Orlando Sales Operations Manager for Ford),
Cayla Whitcomb (Sales Business Development Specialist).
Follow William and Aida and other bloggers on the social media
All Kids Can Code in Jacksonville
William Jackson and Monica Timmons
Jacksonville section of the
National Council of Negro Women
My Quest To Teach
LoveBuilt Life, LLC
The Jacksonville Section of NCNW and STEAM Chair Monica Timmons
envisioned All Kids Can Code Event, as a talking point for students that
would spark interest in technology.
The event was created to expose kids to the computer programming
coding language “Scratch,” discuss various types of technology
careers that kids can have access to..
Monica knew that in order to captivate the audience of young people
she would have to be transparent and meet the youth where they
were with positive word affirmations over themselves. The students
yelled, “I am somebody, I control my destiny, I am brilliant and my mind
“My hope is that a technology movement of young people building code
and using creativity will erupt and cause the youth to put down guns
and pick up coding methodologies,” said Monica.
William Jackson, a 31 year educator hoped that the skills gained learning coding
and applied to Social Media responsibility and accountability can
change the mind-sets of youth, teens and young adults. “Creating a transformative mental shift away from self-hurt, self-denial to self-nourishment and self-empowerment,” said William.
The ability to understand languages is not just related to foreign languages;
Spanish, French, Igbo and the other diverse languages that can he heard in the
community of Jacksonville. There is another language that is located on digital
platforms that is the language of coding.
Coding can be the language to program robots, mechanical machines, cars,
airplanes and spaceships. It can be related to the language of the web also,
that Tim Berners-Lee created browsers to allow the Internet to be seen by human eyes through web browsers and not just viewed but with interaction and engagement.
A quote by Lee, “the Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future
is still so much bigger than the past.” William Jackson a STEAM advocate
encourages youth, teens and young adults to have a global perspective of the
world. To look beyond Jacksonville, Florida.
There are other similar languages CSS, Python and others that allow for the
connections of human and machine. The incorporation of AI – Artificial
Intelligence that blends human thinking to the decision making of machines.
Allowing machines to think like humans and make independent decisions.
The All Kids Can Code workshop for kids provided by the vision of Monica
Timmons, a skilled and proficient coder, developer, web creator. Monica an
active and engaged member of the historic National Council of Negro Women
https://ncnw.org/ Jacksonville Chapter.
The direction of life sustaining careers is directly related to STEM and STEAM.
Science Technology Engineering and Math or in some cases Mechanics.
The A represents the engagement of the Arts a very important element that
allows diverse areas of the brain to function in creativity and innovation.
Artist like Aida Correa infuse these elements to excite kids that are not into
sports or entertainment.
Youth, teens and young adults need to be engaged academically that can lead to professional careers.
Great appreciation to Gabriella White for sharing her story and drive toward her career dreams. Her involvement is an inspiration to the youth attending to see a young person they can look up to as a role model and even a mentor.
Opportunities like All Kids Can Code have the potential to open professional doors that lead to sitting at the tables of business, commerce, technology,
the Arts and education.
The economic opportunities for children of color and culture to develop skills necessary to start their journeys in new career opportunities and as entrepreneurs.
The NCNW in partnership with My Quest To Teach and LoveBuilt Life, LLC
will be providing workshops on June 15th and June 22nd in Jacksonville continuing to teach coding, web development and Internet safety and responsibility.
Thanks and appreciation goes out to Monica, the volunteers and support
of the NCNW and building the future leaders Jacksonville will need to become a transformative city for the future.
Businesses are embracing new technologies that manage data, are proactive to challenges that humans face and even encourage innovation.
The Arts is a very valuable component because of the infusion of visual elements that bring attention to nature. Special thanks to the Jacksonville Public Library and the use of its state of the art facilities. Always available to help and build a better future for youth, teens and young adults in Jacksonville.
NCNW Jacksonville Section under the leadership of:
Kruzshander Scott – Executive Director
Dr. Sabrina Edward, Ph.D. – President
Dr. Jevetta Stanford, Ph.D. – Vice President
Brandi Bennett – Secretary
Alfreda Denson-Butler – Interim Treasurer
William Jackson can be contacted at email@example.com
Monica Timmons can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aida Correa can be contacted at email@example.com
Jacksonville Section of NCNW website: https://jaxncnw.wordpress.com/
Left to Right: William Jackson, Alfreda Denson-Butler,
Sharita Neal, Gabriella White, Tasha Gaitlin,
Monica Timmons, Marcia Brown, and Marilynn Doucet.