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.  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 needed in order 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 of high school and decided not to pursue a higher education.  Secondly, and more personally to me, I have two nephews, that now lives with me, that have great potentials of doing great things, yet they are also at risk of not living up to their potential and not taking school very serious.  I have taken him in and become their guardian and they my ward.  I will try to make a difference in their lives and become the best example as possible.  My hopes for them are to get better grades, get more involve in school activities, as I will in parent activities at the school, and for them to eventually go to college and do the best that they can do.  I also hope that they get 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 their desires but again I hope I can be some positive influence on them.

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 us 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.


Leslie Jean-Pierre


One thought on “Welcome

  1. Be the change that you want to see in the world.
    – M. K. Gandhi


    Posted by geeksandcompany | July 19, 2012, 5:50 pm

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