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DELRAY NEWSPAPER: EJS Project Opens Its Doors To Local Youth In The Set

Delray Beach native Emanuel “Dupree” Jackson wanted to break the cycle of being a product of his environment. And he didn’t want other local teens to fall into the same path either.

So, instead of waiting for someone else to step up to the plate to get involved, he did so himself.

He began by mentoring local students and keeping them busy through community involvement. His efforts turned into a nonprofit, the EJS Project, several years ago.

SUN SENTINEL: New nonprofit EJS Project works to empower Delray Beach teens

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.


PALM HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION: Healthier Delray Beach helps bring Restorative Justice Practices to a local school

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.

DELRAY NEWSPAPER: EJS Project To Open Delray Office In The Set

Emanuel Dupree Jackson is inspiring Delray’s youth to become the leaders of tomorrow.

He is doing so through his grassroots nonprofit called the EJS Project, which he started out of his home three years ago.

Now, he has a chance, thanks to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, to expand his reach by opening an office in The Set.

SUN SENTINEL: Teens polish their job seeking skills at career day

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.