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Welcome to the Little Black Village

Welcome to the Little Black Village web page!  Little Black Village is dedicated to discussing and exploring ways of actively keeping our black youth from dropping out of high school and encouraging them in seeking higher education and thereby opening the door for new opportunities for them.

To be honest writing does not come easy for me.  It is not my best quality; however I felt that this issue is important enough to do something.  First, from my experiences as a college recruiter, I have noticed the lack of black youth to choose from for jobs placements and of course it has been backed by nationwide reports.  Initially, I believed my company wasn’t trying hard enough (and that may still be the case) however, reading the reports and data of high school dropout rate among black youth got me thinking as well.  It made sense, if fewer black students graduated from high school, fewer will be available to attend college.  Since, a college degree was one of the qualifications to be hired for the majority of the positions in my company then it made some sense that we were not reaching our maximum goal in hiring African-Americans.  A good percentage of our black youth fell out of consideration when they dropped out high school and decided not to pursue a higher education.  Second, more personally to me, I have a nephew that has potential of doing great things, yet he is also at risk of not living up to his potential and not taking school very serious.  I have taken him in and become his guardian and he my ward.  I will try to make a difference in his life and become the best example as I can be.  My hopes for him are to get better grades, get more involve in school activities, as I will in parent activities at the school, and for him to eventually go to college and do the best he can.  I also hope that he gets a chance to do a study abroad program at high school or college.  I believe you can also learn a lot from experience and traveling.  I know that these are my hopes and not necessarily his desires but again I hope to be some positive influence on him.

Now, I also understand that college isn’t for everyone.  There are some millionaires out there with just a high school degree or less.  However, I’m a strong believer that higher education can be used as a stepping stone to many of your goals in life.  If you have to find alternative steps to your goals so be it.  The main point is moving forward in reaching or living up to your potential.

Once, again I’m not much of a writer but I will try my best to post my thoughts as often as possible.  I hope to eventually get others to volunteer to post their thoughts about education in the black community on here as well.  I would like this site to eventually become a resource for the black community by sharing our thoughts and ideas and then going out and practicing what we preach and making a difference in someone else’s life.

There are a lot of good organizations out there doing good things; however I still think we can use more.  Even, if we make a difference in only one person’s life that would be more than none.  So I invite you to come back, visit this site as often as possible (be patience with me I will do my best to post regularly).  Also, join the Little Black Village on Facebook , Twitter or YouTube and please do not hesitate to share your thoughts.  Remember that we all are part of a bigger community but each of us is important and is able to make a difference.

Thanks

Leslie JP

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About Little Black Village

Little Black Village promotes higher education, personal development, and international exposure for African American youth. Little Black Village is a dedicated to discussing and exploring ways of keeping our black youth from dropping out of high school and encouraging them in seeking higher education and living up to their fullest potential. Little Black Village is also committed to making a difference in the black community by encouraging its members to share their voices through social media outlets, lead by example by taking an active role in mentoring a black youth, connecting families to educational resources and actively taking part of community services in and out of our communities.

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