Promoting Positive Youth Development

achievement-square-a-logoThe four modules that Achievement Square Development & Training Centers, Inc. will use to promote positive youth development include PEDAL Prep, Educational Safari, BOSS Entrepreneurship Development and Peer Positive.  While cycling through the Saturday Workshop Series, adults from local colleges/universities and businesses will be recruited to provide mentorship to the economically disadvantaged youths enrolled in the corporation’s Young Achievers Program.

Interested youths will be required to submit applications (including information detailing family socioeconomic status and parents’ post-secondary experience), 700-word essays, and academic transcripts.  Once these items have been received, they will be invited to sit down with Achievement Square’s Executive Director and L.I.F.E. coaches for face-to-face interviews.  The purpose of these interviews is to gain a better understanding of each prospective participant’s postsecondary goals and gauge their commitment to completing all 12 weeks of the Saturday Workshop Series.  Achievement Square will serve 16 females and 16 males in grades 7-10 each academic year.

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About Jeffery "J.A." Faulkerson

Jeffery "J.A." Faulkerson is the Executive Director of ACHIEVEMENT SQUARE Development & Training Centers, Inc. Through his Northern Virginia-based nonprofit corporation, he strives to help economically disadvantaged individuals increase their capacity to become great nurturers, great learners, great workers and great leaders. Jeffery is also a Nonprofit Strategist | Book Author | Motivational Speaker with Culturally Coded Content, a for-profit creative writing and strategic planning firm. He is the author of Adinkrahene: Fear of a Black Planet (fiction) and Real Men Raise CHAMPIONS: Unleashing Your Inner COACH (nonfiction). In July 2015, Adinkrahene: Fear of a Black Planet was named one of three finalists for a Phillis Wheatley Book Award (in the First Fiction category). The Phillis Wheatley Book Awards are held annually in conjunction with the Harlem Book Fair in New York City. A certified parent educator through Active Parenting Publishers, Inc., Jeffery is committed to showing all parents how to positively influence their children’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. He earned his Master’s of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, and has worked with professionals in both the public and private sectors for over 20 years to improve outcomes for low-income children and their families. Jeffery is available to speak about his insights and experiences as an author, child and family advocate, philanthropist, and former TRIO Upward Bound and YMCA director. He also offers fee-based services for individual and corporate clients and facilitates fee-based workshops for parents who understand the importance of honing their skills and learning from other people’s experiences.
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