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Joi

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Dallas, TX, United States / Arts

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A loan helped to start my art based after school program.


Joi's story

Joi, a Dallas, TX native, has worked extensively in education serving underprivileged K-12 population for the majority of her 16-year career. Her journey as an educator began when she was a student at Florida A & M University. She graduated in 2003 earning a bachelor's in English. She then continued her academic pursuit and earned a master's in Educational leadership in 2005 from Florida A& M. Joi started her career at a small local charter school in Tallahassee, FL, where she was part of an exceptional team of teachers that enhanced the academic curriculum and achievement of students two consecutive years, moving the school's academic rating from a "C" to an "A". Joi worked as an English & Reading teacher. She also initiated her first entrepreneurial endeavor with the creation of a summer camp for a group of students in 2004. This program exposed students to local restaurants, field events, art activities, and academic tutoring. Joi was able to provide all activities at no charge to student participants. This sparked her interest in and passion for enriching the lives of students both inside and outside of the classroom. Joi has initiated several programs to support young people at the various schools she's worked in, and in the cities, she's lived. In Miami, Joi started a program that supported teenage and young moms. This program provided resources for them and care for their children while they worked or attended class. In 2017, Joi opened Plai Place, which gave young children a space to be creative, engage in artistic play and projects, and host art-based parties. This creative space is now being transformed into an art-based after-school program, located in the North Oak Cliff area, which will enrich the lives of young people through the arts.