This episode of A Sojourner’s Truth podcast features special guests, Dr. Michelle Johnson and Miss Chase Clark of the Triad, North Carolina area. Both leaders have witnessed challenges in their communities and have decided to do something about it.
Dr. Michelle Johnson is a wife and mother, committed first to the spiritual and personal development of her family, and second to her assignment with her husband to build the Kingdom of God through community development and education reform. She pastors A People of God Church in Jamestown, NC with her husband, Rev. Tacuma Johnson, and also owns and operates The Point: Center for Education, Inspiration, and Transformation. In 2012, they opened the community’s first charter school to offer free transportation and meals to families seeking choice for their children.
Miss Chase Alexandria Clark is the compassionate and lively 14-year old founder and visionary of Chase’s Chance, INC. “Chase’s Chance” is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2013 with a focus on the youth and young adults locally and internationally. To date the organization has raised and donated over $28,000. Our hope is that ALL youth feel supported and encouraged to move towards the life that God has designed for them. Chase is a ninth grader and attends The Early College/Middle College at GTCC-Jamestown. Her plans include attending Spelman College and becoming a successful pediatric orthopedic doctor. Connect with Chase’s Chance on Facebook.
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The fall season is definitely among us. Many youth have already received their quarterly grades or been on fall break from school. The weather is changing and leaves are turning colors all around. Some mothers and grandmothers are planning for the holiday season with more frequent visits to their favorite home goods stores, exploring Pinterest, magazines, and books for new family traditions to implement or new recipes to try this holiday season. In the excitement and hustle of the approaching holiday season, it is easy for all of us to lose sight of future investments and long-term plans.
I don’t invest much time in holiday preparations, but I am making future investments this season. Two if those investments include the establishing of Leadership LINKS as a 501(c)3 organization, and the other is preparing for our fall “LINKS to College” event at the University of Maryland College Park on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm. This event is open to the general public and would be beneficial for middle and high school students, and all those who have the privilege of loving and influencing them. This education event will also provide personal, practical, and informative information for parents/guardians, mentors, tutors, coaches, guidance counselors, teachers, youth ministries, and any community leader who life interacts with youth on a regular basis.
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What Christians can and should do to close the achievement gap:
Why I picked up this book:
I heard Dr. Nicole Baker Fulgham speak at The Justice Conference earlier this year and I really wanted to read this book. I also have a passion for education and often struggle with how best to address the many challenges that hinder a child’s academic success. I wanted to know Dr. Fulgham’s perspective concerning how Christians can be part of the solution and support the education progress of children in low-income communities.
Who Should Read Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can–and Should–Do to Improve Public Education for Low Income Kids:
Christians who love children, education, or justice. Christians who are educators, parents, mentors, or tutors. Christians who minister to youth. Christians who are politicians and volunteers. Christians who have financial resources. Maybe all Christians should crack open this one.
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