After graduating in 2002, Charles left the state to attend Emmanuel College in Boston. He loved the school and saw many similarities to Curley. He needed specialized training to work in his field, so he received two certifications to enhance his skillset. The first certificate was from the National Training Laboratory (NTL Institute) and the second from Morehouse School of Medicine.
What is his field? Charles is an Independent Community & Faith-Based Liaison/Diversity Practitioner. Currently, he is the Program Manager for a federal grant training 14-18 year-old students on sexual and mental health as well as substance use. As a consultant, he has worked for multiple organizations including the American Cancer Society, the National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO), the Centers for Disease Control and most recently Morgan State University. These jobs have allowed him to travel the country as well as work with national partners and coordinate events in 15 cities.
On top of his job duties, he serves as the co-chair of the Health Services Committee for Senator Shirley Nathan Pullium’s Social Determinants of Health Task Force, and as a member of the National Urban League Young Professional Programs Committee.
His life is not wanting for interesting experiences. He explains: “First, when I was doing my Diversity Practitioner Certificate, we traveled to Brazil to understand different ethnic groups. Everything about the people and the culture is beautiful. Second, I met former First Lady Michelle Obama. She was very kind and gracious.”
He recently wrapped up a two-year term as President of the Greater Baltimore Leadership Association Auxiliary of the Greater Baltimore Urban League Young Professionals and he won “National President of the Year” in August of 2017. “It is my pleasure,” he says, “to serve with the second oldest civil rights organization in the country.”
When he reflects on his Curley days, he says this: “I was the Vice-president of the Curley Cultural Awareness Club. Curley sparked my interest in diversity issues and it made me want to understand myself better, but other ethnic groups as well. After leaving Curley my interest and studies continued in the field of Psychology, then Health Disparities. There is no doubt in my mind that Curley is the reason I pursued my career.” Charles is currently the moderator for the Cultural Awareness Club at Curley and serves on the Curley Alumni Association Board of Directors.
You can contact Charles at Charles.Jackson2@hotmail.com .