By Conway Jones
Capitol Post News
President Barack Obama this week appointed David Johns as executive director of the White House Initiative for Educational Opportunity of African Americans.
Under the Presidential Executive Order, the initiative will be part of the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the program is to restore the country to its role as a global leader in education, improve educational outcomes for African Americans and to help ensure that African Americans receive an education that prepares them for college, productive careers and satisfying lives.
“Simply put, expanding education opportunities for this great nation’s youth has been my life’s work. I am so incredibly humbled and grateful that I will have the opportunity to serve the President, this country, and my community by ensuring access to education for all,” said Johns.
The White House program will: ensure equity and access to high quality education and job development opportunities for youth;
Support African American children and youth, beginning with early childhood education and childcare, through secondary and post-secondary education, and extending through college and career entry;
Improve the quality of instruction and support for educators;
Collaborate with the White House Commission on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to increase the number of African American students who complete a post-secondary degree;
Involve parents, families, and communities in education reform in meaningful ways.
Johns has served as director of IMPACT, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage and build a network of young professionals of color to foster civic engagement, increase knowledge of the political and legislative processes, and enhance economic empowerment opportunities. For information visit www.IMPACT-dc.com.