Podcast Episode 14: Take Risks to Transform

An Interview with Regina Jackson

Regina Jackson has set the strategic direction for East Oakland Youth Development Center’s national youth development model for over 23 years. Focused on character-based leadership, her platform of youth-led initiatives has empowered thousands of young people to achieve lifelong academic and career success. Ms. Jackson is often called upon to deliver workshops, presentations, and papers, domestically and internationally.

Per U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Ms. Jackson recently led two delegations of student ambassadors to China in support of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” and “100,000 Strong” initiatives.

Her strategies have tremendously benefited urban, multicultural, and international youth. Dr. Jackson holds an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of San Francisco; has been featured on ABC-TV World News Tonight, Essence Magazine, and Parenting Magazine; and gave a TEDx talk, “Taking Risks to Transform.” She is also the mother of two adult sons.

“All the things that you're going to face...they can be your undoing. Or, you can flip them, and let them be your source of inspiration.”

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