26-year old Jimmie White is a community advocate and business owner of Newark’s I.M.P.A.C.T (Initial Major Progressive Articles Creating Tranquility) LLC, whose mission is to showcase, spread and create positive and progressive news to better Newark, New Jersey and other communities through programs, events, and job creation. He is a philanthropist, website designer, community and event organizer, and just a plain muse for community filled with the love and will to see the best out of the community.
Jimmie White was born a St. Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey on September 11, 1988 as the eldest of four. He is a graduate of Miller St. Academy elementary and Malcolm X Shabazz High School (Newark, New Jersey) where he graduated top 10 percent in his class. He enrolled into Essex County College where he had a free-ride through school as a business management major, but he soon dropped yearning for another purpose; community service. As a youth he particularly remembers the first day after school during his sophomore year; Jimmie was jumped by members of the BLOOD gang. He knew something had to be done and from this experience being forever supplanted in his mind, the answer for solving the many issues of violence and poverty lied somewhere.
During the summer of 2008, at age of 19 Jimmie signed-up to become a member of People’s Organization for Progress (POP) – and organization founded by Lawrence Hamm based in Newark, New Jersey. The organization’s goal is eliminate social, racial, and economic injustice. It is under the tutelage of this organization where Jimmie learned about African American history, community organizing, civic education, and where poverty stems from. He regularly attends Newark City Council meetings and speaks about the concerns of citizens and local residents from many neighborhoods. Jimmie White also participates in demonstrations with various organizations throughout New Jersey. One of his greatest joys in 2012 was assisting New Jersey’s working families to help raise the state’s minimum wage. Also in 2012, Jimmie White was elected Chairman of the Newark Chapter of People’s Organization for Progress.
Though he was not completely satisfied, he volunteered with another local community organization – the International Youth Organization (IYO). As an elected Chairman of the Alumni and Friends Association of IYO, Jimmie’s duty was to help bring back alumni and increase contributions to aide in the growth of IYO’s youth programs. Established in 1970, the International Youth Organization is an 501c3 organization whose mission is to empower disenfranchised youth and their families to take responsibility for themselves and their community through programs and services that promote positive social and civic values; to create opportunities for self-improvement through academic instruction, employability training, community service, and to implement intervention strategies to foster family stabilization and neighborhood preservation. According to IYO Bylaws, Jimmie’s chairmanship extends an automatic seat on their Board of Trustees. Under the instruction of Mrs. Carolyn Wallace, he learned how to become an effective Board Trustee as well as assisting in governance to aide our local youth of Newark, New Jersey to become educated and employed.
In 2013, Jimmie White made the decision to move on from IYO to continue his work with People’s Organization for Progress and open his own business known as Newark’s I.M.P.A.C.T to provide employment. Jimmie has been employed by UPS (United Parcel Service) for the past eight years as ramp agent at Newark International Airport and as a cashier for the Home Depot for two years. His next move is to purchase a home and develop Newark’s I.M.P.A.C.T program to become the leading media company that best represents Newarkers to the world. Jimmie will also be returning back to school in September 2015 to complete his Associate degree at Essex County College in Business Management. Jimmie currently serves as a member of People’s Organization for Progress and is also on the executive team of FP YouthOutCry Foundation.