A Letter to You
A Letter to You
Welcome to our website.
That's right. I said "our". While this website might have my name on it, this website is just as much yours as it is mine and I'll tell you why. Everything posted on this website only happened because of people like yourself. Everything. This website and this "brand" that I am creating is only possible if I am engaged with people who have big dreams and fight for those dreams everyday.
It takes communities of like-minded, passionate people to accomplish anything in this world and this website is only a small testament of what dreamers like us can do. I recognize that I have been blessed to personally receive credit for many of the successes on this website, but I give the praise back to every person who reads this letter. Pat yourself on the back. It takes more than one person to get anything of significance done and I would be foolish to make it seem that way. I know I may never personally meet or get to know you; but knowing that there are people who dream big and fight for those dreams everyday inspires me to do the same.
Today's world is more hostile than ever towards people who refuse to accept status quo. Dreams may not be popular at the time of inception, but never give up on them. Know that there are communities of people everywhere that fight for the same hopes and dreams that you do. Know that if it is just, honest, and needed; I'll be there to support you in anyway I can.
I'm serious. Feel free to contact me about anything. Ideas for collaboration, hopes for the future, fears, anything. Try me, I'm a real person, I'll answer. 2019 is the year of the dreamer, the hopeful, and the underdog, I can feel it. Our time is now.
Let's change the world.
Archie "AJ" Wilson Jr.
Archie Wilson Jr. or as his friends call him "AJ" was born in Atlanta and raised in Kennesaw Georgia, Archie is the first born son of Archie Sr. and Dr. Trina Wilson. Archie Jr. has two siblings, Alexander who is currently fourteen and a freshman in high school and Epiphany who is currently ten and in the fifth grade.
A self-proclaimed "Small town kid with big time dreams", Archie has always had ambition. When he was five years old, Archie wanted to be a modern day African-American cowboy. Those interests changed when he turned eight and was introduced into the world of law, thanks to a family friend. Now, with a more realistic ambition Archie spent the next years of his schooling preparing to be a lawyer and dedicating himself to serving his community in that way.
Archie attended Dominion Christian Schools in Marietta Georgia from the time he was in seventh grade until he graduated high school. There, he graduated in the top five percent of his high school class and was also a three sport athlete there. Archie was a great high school athlete, earning a state title in the 300 meter hurdles as well as holding his school's records in passing and rushing yards in football. Archie was named the Wendy's High School Heisman award winner for the state of Georgia his senior for his work on and off the field. Archie also earned a total of 1.3 million dollars worth of scholarships for college as a senior in high school including the Gates Millennium Scholarship and the Ronald McDonald's House Charities Scholarship. Archie was recruited to play football at many schools throughout the country but decided to play wide receiver at Wesleyan University where he played for a season.
Archie is currently a senior at Wesleyan and is earning a degree in Government with a concentration in American Politics. He is also earning certificates in Education and Civic Engagement as well. He has plans to graduate from Wesleyan in the spring of 2018. After graduation, Archie has plans to work full time at Dream Chasers, the non-profit that he started. After a year, Archie has plans to pursue a Masters in Public Policy as well as a Law Degree to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a lawyer. Archie plans to use both degrees to help creating policy reform in the realm of youth related issues and eventually has his sights on running for Governor of Georgia.
When Archie is not running Dream Chasers or studying, he enjoys spending time with family and friends. Archie also enjoys speaking and interacting with students, playing pickup basketball, reading, writing poetry and thinking of new ways to solve problems.
Archie is passionate about a number of social issues but these are the most close to his heart: Closing educational and opportunity gaps in the South, Quality and affordable education for all, Mental Health, Food inequality, Women's Rights, Refugee Rights, Conversations about Race, Civil Rights for all, Human Rights, Environmental Justice and Sustainability.
Feel free to contact Archie about any of these topics to talk with him more about them or to collaborate on work that you are doing. Also, feel free to contact Archie to book him to speak to students.
Photography courtesy of Archie Wilson Sr and Jr.
On January 14th, 2018 AJ Wilson was the keynote speaker at the Sepia of Pinellas County 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lunch and Reception in Clearwater Florida. He spoke about Dr. King, chasing your dreams and about the organization.
In January of 2018, Archie Wilson appeared on the AshSaidIt podcast to talk about Dream Chasers' origins and plans for what is next.
In June of 2017, Dream Chasers and Archie Wilson held their third Annual Scholarship Workshop. Archie Wilson, winner of over $1.3 million in scholarships provided helpful insights to the students there.
In April of 2017, Archie Wilson was asked to speak about his life story and about Dream Chasers' newest partnership with Primrose at the Primrose National Conference in Jacksonville Florida.
At the end of the Atlanta Bar Association Summer Law Internship program in 2015, Archie Wilson was selected by his fellow interns to give closing remarks at the farewell breakfast that was attended by parents, supervisors, community leaders, local attorneys, and judges throughout Atlanta.
Dream Chasers is the 501(c)(3) organization that Archie Wilson founded five years ago. Dream Chasers is dedicated to closing the opportunity gaps in underprivileged communities through student-led social and educational initiatives. Dream Chasers is a unique organization because it is powered completely by students, for students. Every program and event is student-inspired and student-driven. While many mentorship programs and organizations exist, they are not student-led. Students need to be independent; they need to create, innovate, learn from their peers, and have a safe place to pursue any academic dream they desire. Through Dream Chasers and our programming, students are masters of their own development while being part of an empowered community of like-minded emerging adults.
In Dream Chasers' five years of existence in Kennesaw Georgia, the organization as affected the lives of over 5,400 students and has assisted its students in earning over 1.4 million dollars worth of scholarships for college. Currently, there are 6 Dream Chasers chapters in Georgia and Tennessee. These pilot communities are the beginning of a national network of hubs that will increase the vision and reach of the organization. Each chapter is led by a campus coordinator, a current college student who is passionate about community and helping youth pursue their biggest and boldest academic dreams. Archie Wilson has been interviewed by Nickelodeon and NPR radio about his work with Dream Chasers and Dream Chasers won "Marietta's Best" in Education in 2015. Dream Chasers has worked with the Salvation Army, Sole 4 Souls, and currently works with Primrose Schools on projects.
If you think Dream Chasers is needed in your area, feel free to contact Archie Wilson directly. Donations of any kind is much appreciated and since Dream Chasers is a registered non-profit, any donation is tax deductible.
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