Uzima Community Blog is a blog (weblog) website aimed at those who want insight into the mechanisms that might improve the achievement of African-American males through Mentoring, Educating, and Preparing them to take their places in our society.

You will find:

  • A repository of useful articles that range from how to inspire and help our sons to starting your own manhood program. The articles are aimed at helping you in many areas for the inspiration and nurture of our sons.
  • A collection of audio podcast recordings about young African-American men’s issues, including interviews with successful educators and leaders. You can listen to the recordings at any time on your MP3 player or through your computer speakers.
  • Video recordings of trainings, live presentations and interviews on cutting edge topics like mastering the SAT or ACT and how to close the achievement gap in our community.
  • Fresh content is added regularly including podcast interviews with other entrepreneurs and experts, how-to instructional articles and audio dealing with current hot topics like how to close the achievement gap and grooming our boys for leadership, as well as news and information from the Internet world.

Who Is Deborah Williams?

I’m Deborah Y. Williams, and I’m the writer behind the Uzima Community Blog.  Trying to find ways to help strengthen our community has been a passion of mine for years, and it saddens me greatly to watch as our boys have become lost and unwilling–or, perhaps, unable–to take their places as leaders in our community.  As those boys have come of age, those “disabilities” have crippled our families both financially and emotionally, and the scars are deep and pervasive.  It will take many people doing many different things to turn this around.  Until someone finds the silver bullet, we all should work together to do what each of us can.  I plan to provide all adult stakeholders information about what they can do to help the African-American boys in their lives. It is my intention to find practical, useful information that experts have found through research.  I want you to have proven tips that you can try right away that may help your sons to reach their full potential.  Many of these ideas may help your daughters as well.

My education background began with my earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Virginia State University that was followed up later with a Master’s degree in Education from The College of William and Mary.  I pursued more specialized training in the teaching of writing and in gifted education.  As a career educator with awards for excellence in teaching and as a certified online tutor, I parlayed that experience to create a comprehensive rites of passage program for African-American males that can be used in churches.  Additionally, my other enterprises include online tutoring and teaching online courses for enrichment and improvement of performance for all students.

This blog is very special because it explores many of the categories of our signature manhood program that are helpful to parents, teachers, and other stakeholders who are looking for ways to help to close the African-American males’ achievement gaps–in education, the family structure, and the workforce.

If you’re ready to take action and eager to learn, please join me as I explore the possibilities and insights gained from research studies, interviews and expert guest posts, and recommended resources and products.  All my blog content is completely free and available 24/7.

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One Response to “About”

  1. Joan Says:

    This is great. You’ve developed a resource that will assist many parents, teachers and administrators. Well done!!!

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