In December of 2016, Mr. Jarrell V. Jordan created the Importance of Education Tour to educate students, parents, educators, and the greater community in the City of Birmingham on the importance of education. In December of 2017, Mr. Jordan brought the tour back to the City of Birmingham. Mr. Jordan is expanding the tour to Atlanta, Georgia in January of 2018.
Mr. Jordan created the Importance of Education Tour because when he was young and in school, he only saw negativity in his community. Mr. Jordan only saw people making the wrong decisions and no one was choosing education as their gateway out of their bad situations. Mr. Jordan attended Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama. People would talk about his school and say that his school did not produce any type of greatness and he wanted to be the person to change that stereotype. Three years ago he graduated from the school with a 3.8 grade point average, was accepted to over 6o colleges, and was offered over 1.75 million dollars in scholarship money. Outside of this, he has also worked for the Mayor of Birmingham and now works for the White House. Mr. Jordan wanted to show the students in his hometown that if he was able to achieve all of these things in such a short time then they can do it as well.
The mission of “The Importance of Education Tour” is to inform middle and high school students about the importance of education and to teach them about the culture and history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. During the tour, Mr. Jordan will travel to schools and churches in the cities of Birmingham & Atlanta where he will motivate students about the importance of education, speak about his experience at Morehouse College, give out scholarship information, college tips, and provide information on the college application and financial aid processes from the Department of Education and the United Negro College Fund.
Mr. Jordan is now bringing some of the brightest students who understand the Importance of Education on tour with him. Most of these students are from the area in-which he is speaking and attend a Historically Black College or University. With the help of these amazing students, we can share our stories with thousands of students in Birmingham and show them that education is truly important and show them where an education can take them in life.
The Importance of Education Tour gained a numerous amount support over the past two years from several cities and students across the country. The tour went from being in Birmingham Alabama to expanding to Atlanta, Georgia and to DeSoto, Texas. In the Winter of 2018, the tour will expand to over six states including the State of Alabama, State of California, District of Columbia, State of Georgia, State of Illinois, State of Ohio, State of Maryland, State of Mississippi, State of New York, and the State of Virginia.
,, My favorite part of the importance of education tour was when he talked to us about where he lived which lets me know that it doesn't matter where you come from you still can be something. ------- BCS Student
,, My favorite part of the Importance of Education Tour was when they were talking about the bill gates scholarship and how you can apply for it. My other favorite part of the Education tour was the talk about the HBCU schools. ------- BCS Student
,, Keep up the good work ! ------- Dr. Terrell Brown
,, My favorite part was when he said HBCU college was a great school. ------- BCS Student
,, My favorite part of the tour was the students having the opportunity to hear from young adults that looked like them regarding college and preparing for the future. ------- Birmingham City Schools Administrator
,, My favorite part was at the end when Mr. Jordan was talking to us an made us stand up an touch somebody shoulder and repeat after him. ------- BCS Student
,, My favorite part was when the speaker told us we can be anything we want if we put our mind to it. ------- BCS Student