Jumpstart Celebrates Adrian Douglas, II

Posted On May 18, 2016

The Alonzo A. Crim Center commends Adrian Douglas II, recent recipient of the Carl V. Patton Presidential Award for Community Service and Social Justice!

This esteemed award, presented by Georgia State University officials, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon students for their positive contributions to community upliftment. On and off-campus, Adrian has served in a variety of impactful roles and leadership positions, which were acknowledged with the presentation of this award.

Adrian participates as a core member, volunteer coordinator and team leader in the Jumpstart program, which operates out of Georgia State’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence. He also organized a Panther Breakaway initiative, as both site leader and facilitator for their community service-based New Orleans trips (2015-16). Panther Breakaway is hosted by representatives of the Office of Civic Engagement housed at Georgia State. Along with these positions, and consistent excellence in his own schoolwork, Adrian also serves as the director of communications for the Tighter Grip student organization. Tighter Grip is a campus resource for African-American males, providing opportunities for networking, solution-building and genuine connections for academic, business and life successes.

In addition, Adrian also worked with local elementary school students on the Tiles for Social Justice Project. This initiative was led by Laura Meyers, clinical associate professor in the College of Education & Human Development. This interactive learning experience included an integration of art, research, social studies and current events analysis. In project workshops, participating youth created decorated/illustrated ceramic tiles with content based in on their discussions of both history and current community issues. Overall, Adrian’s consistent commitment and action, in a variety of campus and community arenas, is greatly appreciated and impactful.

We asked him how he felt about receiving this award (and his time here at Georgia State in general.) In response, he said he did not know how prestigious the Patton Presidential Award was, as the highest accolade a student can receive here at the university. He mentioned being extremely honored to have

been given this prize, along with his appreciation for the support from the community of people who helped him along the way.

Shoutouts include: Nishona Curry, Jumpstart director; Laura Meyers, Brian Williams, Eshe Collins, Georgia State’s Office of Civic Engagement, the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education and the Crim Center Family.