People who make Difference: Willie Jackson - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

People who make Difference: Willie Jackson

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Tifton schools get renovations

    Tifton schools get renovations

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:10:57 GMT
    Eighth Street Middle School has new ceilings and renovated hallways, and  Matt Wilson is getting improvements too.More >>
    Eighth Street Middle School has new ceilings and renovated hallways, and  Matt Wilson is getting improvements too.More >>
  • 9-year-old raises funds for Flint RiverQuarium

    9-year-old raises funds for Flint RiverQuarium

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:30:46 GMT
    The Flint RiverQuarium has more funds for feeding its animals thanks to the efforts of one 9-year-old girl.More >>
    The Flint RiverQuarium has more funds for feeding its animals thanks to the efforts of one 9-year-old girl.More >>
  • Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:54:21 GMT
    Information from The Georgia Department of Labor- The Georgia Department of Labor says Metro Albany's unemployment rate increased to 8.7 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4More >>
    The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing. There were 60,500 jobs in Albany in June, down by 300, or 0.5 percent, from 60,800 in May. Most of the loss came in state government and the service-related industries.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany man has spent decades encouraging students to stay in school and pursue an education. These students are fired up about their education thanks to the encouragement of The student Motivational Express Founder Willie Jackson.

"It was my intent to start a program that would enable kids to beat the odds and that is to encourage them and to be concerned about their education," said Jackson.

As the Assistant Principle for Robert Cross Middle school for 20 years, Jackson always knew it was his calling to work with kids, but it was a tragic event in 2002 involving one his students that really put things in perspective.

"I had a student that was killed by another student," said Jackson. So in 2007 Jackson started 'Pressing on Ministries,' and he volunteers his time with his Student Motivational Express Program. "Some words of wisdom that will number one get them fired up about education number two to get them focused about their education," said Jackson.

 It's his words of wisdom that give students like Adetola Akinnubi of Student Motivational Express, the encouragement to do her best in school. "A lot of people they ask me why I like to make the grades that I do and it makes me happy," Akinnubi said.

Jackson says students can't be successful unless they have support "Let them know that you care, there's a slogan that you can con a con, you can trick a trickster but you can't kid a kid." It's his actions that his former students want to emulate as well. "It means a lot to come back and you know be a part of this you know I guess to make him proud," said Christopher Jenkins, a Student Motivational Express Volunteer.

"I am the richest man in the world, because I've had a chance to work with so many fantastic boys and girls," said Jackson. A richness that Jackson says has helped him to fulfill his purpose in life.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.