Hi My name is Jordan Coleman and I am 14. Two years ago, I made a film called Say It Loud it's about the importance of education for African-American boys. I thought I would show it to my family and friends and the kids at my school. The film was bigger, but I didn't know it at the time. I wanted to make it to help African-American boys realize that school is important.
Since my NYC movie premiere I have been all over the country showing my film and talking to students (boys and girls of all races) about the importance of education.
Then I submitted my film project for the DoSomething Award 2009. I didn't win (and I was sad) but I was a finalist. When I became a finalist my life changed. I remember going to bootcamp and the DoSomething said they were committed to helping everyone whether they won the 2009 contest or not. I was like yeah right.
When I left NYC that day, I wanted to win because I wanted the money to help get my message out about education. The day came for the results and I didnt win. The people at DoSomething said I should improve my program and keep it going.
I did that and I was real surprised they continued to support me. The people at Do Something kept their word. I was able to call for help, I won a Grant from American Express, My picture and story was on thousands of bags of Doritos (that was so cool I called them Joritos), they nominated me for a Dr. Martin Luther King Award, the DoSomething people are putting my story in a book and the biggest surprise came when DoSomething nominated me and my project to be on America's Best Dance Crew TV show. It was so cool and the experience was one of the most exciting moments in my life so far. When I am old, I will still remember that night because it was so exciting.
In April, I went to another DoSomething bootcamp and I was happy that everyone seemed happy to see me. We had pitch sessions and workshops and I got to hang out with some of the other kids involved with DoSomething.
My family helps me a lot with my project, but in a way I feel like the DoSomething people (especially Nancy, Jordyn, Amanda, Megan, John) are part of my family too. I feel like I can call them or email them if I need help with my project and they will give me good advice.
Not trying to suck up or anything, but being a part of DoSomething has changed my life. It gave me confidence and is helping me believe that I can make a difference even as a young kid.