Fresh off a “Pump Up Talk” from our partners at The Social Institute, Oak Hill Academy senior Abby Osho has responded with her own version of positive social media use. “When Ms. Tierney challenged us to step up and be leaders on campus in the area of positive social media use, I knew exactly what to do,” Abby says. Wanting to promote her family’s foundation, JNJ Foundation, she knew that she had a great opportunity with her peers here at Oak Hill. Our campus has a long tradition of supporting socially responsible causes. From Breast Cancer Awareness fundraisers to sponsoring children each year through World Vision, our students have historically been quick to respond to a worthy cause. Abby’s idea to take her family’s foundation to social media is an example of how Oak Hill Academy students can be positive users of social media, and it makes her presentation of a worthy cause even more beneficial. “I wanted to give a real life example of how we, as students at Oak Hill Academy, can use our social media access, even though it is limited, for good.”
Oak Hill Academy, a small coed, Baptist-affilitated, college prep boarding school in Virginia has a relatively strict set of boundaries governing cell phone and social media use for its approximately 150 students. Until recently, the school’s policies regarding technology have been admittedly focused on limitations and providing a buffer against the social media trends affecting teenagers–such as overuse, anxiety and distractions to academic performance. Beginning with its association with the Durham, NC-based Social Institute, the school plans to add positive social media use coaching to the campus lifestyle. “We felt that simply providing boundaries and limits during the week and then granting almost unfiltered use on weekends was missing the goal of teaching responsible use,” explains Dr. Michael D. Groves, Oak Hill Academy’s President. “By encouraging the kind of positive use that Abby is demonstrating with her social media campaign for her family’s foundation, we know we are going further in helping our students see the benefits of our weekend technology policies, not just the limitations of them.”
Abby plans to follow up her social media campaign with some on-campus awareness and fund-raising activities including a homeroom devotion and movie night. Here are some excerpts from her planned devotion:
Who We Are
My family foundation, founded in 2017, is run by my parents, Jamil and Nyanga Jaward. They started the foundation to give structure to their deep belief that “being a blessing to others is not only expected of us but required,” as we strive to be doers of Matthew 25:34-40. The Jamil and Nyanga Jaward Foundation is on Christ’s mission to assist impoverished children and widows, and help them rise above the challenges of poverty and rejection, through education and economic development.
The Jamil and Nyanga Jaward Foundation was established to advance education and relieve poverty, which we believe are interrelated. In poor nations, children do not have access to education because their parents cannot afford it and hence they end up in the same poverty cycle as their parents. The goal is to empower parents, especially widows, to start up small businesses that will give them the earning power to send their children to schools, in order to have a better chance of becoming economically independent.
Their scholarship programs help the less privileged get an education that will help them overcome poverty. Furthermore, constructing schools helps a wider community to have access to education where there is none, especially in Central African Republic. The foundation provides other assistance, such as school bags and supplies, lunchtime meals, all taken for granted in developed countries, and which are unavailable to so many students in impoverished nations.
Poverty relief is no longer consigned to third world countries. With the economic downturn, there are an increasing number of homeless people in England. Hence, the foundation works with churches in Kent to provide essential groceries and clothing for the homeless.
• Establish scholarship programs for the less privileged with high academic achievement in secondary schools in Africa, especially in Sierra Leone.
• Construct and donate school buildings for poor communities in Africa, especially in Central African Republic and Sierra Leone.
• Provide school meals and school supplies for the less privileged primary school students in Africa, especially in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
• Provide small business grants to widows in Africa, especially in Central African Republic and Sierra Leone.
• Provide parcels of food and other essential grocery items to homeless people in England, especially in Kent.
• Provide clothing to people who are homeless in England, especially in Kent.
In order for the foundation to gain wider public exposure, we need your help in disseminating information about the foundation by sharing our social media pages as they become available.
Spread the word!
The foundation is working to raise money to fund more projects that will help overcome the scourge of rampant poverty in Africa and beyond. The goal of the foundation is to gain partners who will fund specific projects of their choice, and to raise funds to support education initiatives and poverty relief. Please consider donating on our website using PayPal: https://jnjf.org/home