/site Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:28:11 +0000 en hourly 1 Betty Burney Hosted the “I’M A STAR CONFERENCE” for Teens and Parents /site/2013/03/betty-burney-hosted-the-i-am-a-star-conference/ /site/2013/03/betty-burney-hosted-the-i-am-a-star-conference/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 02:54:59 +0000 Admin /site/?p=241 < Click to Register >
A service learning initiative hosted by Mrs. Betty S. Burney

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Betty Burney Believes That Every Child Is A Star…Because Every Child Is Smart, Talented And Resilient! /site/2013/03/i-see-in-every-child-a-%e2%80%9csmart-intelligent-good-student-%e2%80%9d/ /site/2013/03/i-see-in-every-child-a-%e2%80%9csmart-intelligent-good-student-%e2%80%9d/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:13:00 +0000 Admin /site/?p=271 As founder of the I’m A Star Foundation, I believe that every child is a ”STAR”…Smart, Talented And Resilient

Celebrating and accentuating the Star In Every Child is the work of the I’M A STAR Foundation. The Foundation works closely with School Districts, education organizations, parents, and civic/business organizations to inspire, empower and motivate students to unleash their God-given potential. I’m A Star offers a leadership and service learning bootcamp to help students achieve levels of excellence!

Our I’m A Star Foundation empowers youth with knowledge and resources that enable them to transcend barriers to success and unleash their inner greatness. Through “I’m A Star” conferences and events, we bring speakers, motivators, trainers and difference makers together with one focus:

“To Make Every Child’s Star Shine Brighter.”

If you believe like we do that within every child is a STAR (Smart, Talented And Resilient) consider partnering with us to give a child the encouragement and opportunity to be their own STAR. Educators, parents and students may inquire here for additional information!


VIDEO – I’m A Star Symposium


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“I’m a Star” Registration /site/2010/09/i-am-a-star-registration/ /site/2010/09/i-am-a-star-registration/#comments Tue, 14 Sep 2010 01:18:34 +0000 Admin /site/?p=237 PLEASE TAKE A BRIEF MOMENT TO REGISTER FOR OUR NEXT SYMPOSIUM! CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE “I’M A STAR” CONFERENCE.


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Author Betty S. Burney Launches “E.N.O.U.G.H.” Campaign to Stop Crime /site/2010/06/author-betty-s-burney-launches-%e2%80%9ce-n-o-u-g-h-%e2%80%9d-campaign-to-stop-crime/ /site/2010/06/author-betty-s-burney-launches-%e2%80%9ce-n-o-u-g-h-%e2%80%9d-campaign-to-stop-crime/#comments Wed, 02 Jun 2010 17:10:38 +0000 Admin /site/?p=224

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CALLING ALL S.O.L.D.I.E.R.S.!!! /site/2009/07/soldiersclub/ /site/2009/07/soldiersclub/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 06:36:21 +0000 Admin /site/?p=195 THE S.O.L.D.I.E.R.S. CLUB is a high school male leadership and mentoring program developed by Mrs. Burney to decrease the student drop out rate; decrease youth violence and empower male students to unleash their inner greatness through literacy and leadership development. The program is currently active at three  high schools in Jacksonville, FL.  The S.O.L.D.I.E.R.S. club empowers young men with strategies that build and reinforce academic excellence, self confidence and community service.

Administrators of the New Town Success Zone Initiative, JCC’s Family Involvement (FI) staff members, recently engaged and interviewed approximately 500 New Town residents. They were  assisted by 10 William M. Raines High School students, also known as SOLDIERS. The SOLDIERS were inspired by Duval County School Board Member Betty Burney, District 5, to serve as leaders on their school campus and within their surrounding community.

Interviews and focus groups with New Town residents are designed to learn more about the needs of families. FI staff members were  paired with Raines SOLDIERS. They were charged with talking with residents at their homes, visit barber/ beauty shops, and go to places of worship.

Following the community engagement process, JCC will worked with other funding organizations and non-profit providers to intentionally link services that insulate families living in the New Town neighborhood (i.e., Census Tract 28.02). Services are offered to families from the time a child is conceived until they complete college and/or enter the workforce.

If you are interested signing up a young male age 14-18 that is currently enrolled in high school and on the verge of failing or at-risk of drop out, please complete the form below and one of our representatives will be in contact with you.



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BETTY BURNEY SUPPORTS URBAN DEBATE IN JACKSONVILLE /site/2009/07/urban-debate-jacksonville/ /site/2009/07/urban-debate-jacksonville/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2009 05:54:50 +0000 Admin /site/?p=182 According to Betty Seabrook-Burney, Honorary Chairperson of the School Board, “DCPS is eager to bring the private sector to the business of helping provide a challenging, standards-based public education to the hundreds of thousands of youth in Duval County. the Duval Urban Debate League is a model program in this regard, and we are expecting very positive outcomes from this newly expanded partnership-based program.”


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JAIL TALES: AIM TO HELP READERS GET INVOLVED /site/2009/07/jail-tales/ /site/2009/07/jail-tales/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2009 05:48:56 +0000 Admin /site/?p=179 Published Wednesday, November 2, 2005 |  By Tonya Weathersbee


Three years ago, Betty Seabrook Burney took on the job of finding mentors for jailed juveniles.


But one day, Burney realized they needed more than mentors to guide them. They needed their voices to be heard — and understood.


“I was at court one day, and this kid was trying to get his point across to the [assistant] state attorney,” said Burney. “But he couldn’t express himself well… all the while, the chains he had on were clanging.”


That gave Burney, now a member of the Duval County School Board, the idea to find a way for more of the troubled youths to express how they allowed criminal behavior to stunt their progress before their lives even got off to a real start. She did that by visiting them in the Duval County jail and chronicling their stories in a self-published book titled If These Chains Could Talk.

The book is a compilation of stories from teenage felons discussing the conditions and attitudes that contributed to their drift toward criminality. It also includes their advice to youths, parents and others, and space for readers to write down ideas to deal with the problem.

Full story – If These Chains Could Talk


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ELIMINATING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP /site/2009/07/eliminating-the-achievement-gap/ /site/2009/07/eliminating-the-achievement-gap/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2009 05:40:30 +0000 Admin /site/?p=175 Betty S. Burney serves as key workshop facilitator at the Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts.


It is the mission of the Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts to provide support to Black Educators and to improve academic performance of all children, but particularly, students of color. Through various professional development opportunities, BEAM promotes excellence in teaching, leading and in student academic proficiency by sharing and modeling best practices in education.

This conference “Eliminating the Achievement Gap: Education is a Civil Right” is designed to remind us of the crucial role that education has and continues to play in our progress and advancement as African Americans and how much sacrifice was made by our forefathers and mothers to ensure we had equal access to a quality education. It is also intended to inspire us to dream bigger and achieve more at this historic moment in our history as we witnessed the swearing in of our country’s first Black president, Barack Obama. But most importantly, we want conference participants to be spurred on to take what they learn and act on behalf of Black and Hispanic students to eliminate the inequities that perpetuate the gap between them and their White and Asian peers. Conference presenters will challenge us to abandon deficit ways of thinking about student capabilities and provide historical perspectives and insights and strategies for using students’ cultural and linguistic assets as foundations upon which to strengthen their literacy skills.

Building on last year’s theme, conference presenters will also highlight effective data practices that both inform instruction and help teachers know whether student achievement is improving. Ultimately, our hope is that conference participants will emerge from these thought-provoking, culturally relevant and engaging workshops motivated and armed with effective classroom and school strategies that will yield better results for their students.

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URBAN LEAGUE TO HOST TEEN MOTIVATION PROGRAM /site/2009/07/urban-league-to-host-teen-motivation-program/ /site/2009/07/urban-league-to-host-teen-motivation-program/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2009 05:33:26 +0000 Admin /site/?p=171 Published Tuesday, February 7, 2006 | Jacksonville Journal

The Jacksonville Urban League, in collaboration with Duval County School Board member Betty Burney, will host a program titled “If These Chains Could Talk” at 6 p.m. today at Second Missionary Baptist Church, 954 Kings Road.

A free reception and book signing will follow the program at the Jacksonville Urban League at 903 W. Union St.

This program is for children and families and is based on Burney’s book of the same title in which juveniles try to motivate, educate and prevent their peers from making bad decisions.

For information about the program and registration, call Erik Dawkins at the Urban League at (904) 366-6484 or call (904) 366-6481.


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SHERIFF DONATES $25,000 TO PURCHASE BOOKS /site/2009/07/sheriff-donates-25000-to-purchase-books/ /site/2009/07/sheriff-donates-25000-to-purchase-books/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2009 05:29:31 +0000 Admin /site/?p=166 Published Friday, December 15, 2006

Jacksonville Journal

A fundraiser at Outback Steak House in Jacksonville Beach raised about $35,000 Saturday for an effort to make the book If These Chains Could Talk available to all eighth- and ninth-graders in Jacksonville public schools.

The book is a series of letters written by incarcerated youths and compiled by Duval County School Board member Betty Burney.

The Sheriff’s Office donated $25,000 from its confiscated drug money.

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