Jason B. Allen

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Family and Community Engagement Specialist

Atlanta, Georgia

Jason B. Allen is the Neighborhood Planning Unit K Chair, which works to build economic and community development in the city of Atlanta. He has worked in education servicing our students, families and communities in various positions in education and human development over the last 10 years. A major goal of his is to ensure that all youth have positive role models to emulate. Throughout his academic career, he has mentored many young, African-American males through his national mentoring program, BMWI (Black Men with Initiative), serving as the third national president.

He has also volunteered with several community organizations including the Darnell Senior Center of Fulton County, PAL (Police Athletic League), PTSA, Lillie’s Foundation, JoJo Martin Renal Disease Foundation and a longtime advocate with Dignity in Schools and other National Organizations for Educational Advancement.

He has served on Georgia’s PTA District 10 Male Involvement Committee and GaDOE Region 5 as parent coordinator. He has completed board certification through the Georgia Charter Schools Commission and holds a certification from the Georgia Leadership Academy Economic & Leadership Development.

Embedding the spirit of service, Jason’s main goal is to simply help others along his life’s journey. He’s dedicated to servicing those in need, determined to do the right thing for the right reasons and dependable; living by his word being his bond.

Jason blogs at EdLANTA and is a 2017 YouCAN Advocate, supporting his effort to build a family and community advocacy training program.

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017

#MyBlackHistory Is a Shoutout to the Grandparents That Help Raise and Advocate for Kids

Despite having a third-grade education, they made sure reading was fundamental for not only their children but every child they came in contact with.…

By Jason B. Allen

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