A Delray Beach native, Emanuel "Dupree" Jackson, Jr. can relate to and understand the current challenges that the high school students involved in his new nonprofit organization, the EJS Project, are going through.
"I was from here, came up through the same types of challenges still occurring like more crime, less opportunities for youth and I felt something could be done and I could be of service," he said.
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The well-known proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In the case of the Delray Beach community, it takes a school called Village Academy. Well, not just the school alone – include a few resident leaders with a passion for change and strong community partnerships, and you’ve got a village that raises not a single child, but hundreds of children. A village with a goal to send every one of those children to high school, and then to college.
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About two dozen well-dressed students attended Teen Career Day ready to practice interview scenarios and polish their resumes. Motivational speakers helped build their confidence as they plan their futures.
"Tomorrow you will be our leaders. It's our job to prepare you," said Emanuel Dupree Jackson, Jr., founder of the Emanuel Jackson Sr. Project, a 1-year-old nonprofit dedicated to empowering youth.
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