Making Black History | LaToya Jones

NyShaun’s passion pours into my healthcare advocate vocation at all levels.

In honor of Black History Month, we asked a few of our Black Equity & Excellence Fund Advisory Council members to reflect on who has inspired them to be their best selves – making Black history right here in CNY. Here’s what LaToya Jones said:

The person in Central New York who inspires me the most is my son, NyShaun, a 17-year-old traumatic brain injury survivor. He is history in the making! No matter what he has been through, his heart is open to helping his classmates, teachers and his community understand and cope with traumatic experiences.

LaToya’s son, Ny’Shaun

He is transforming into a resilient Black man and is one of the reasons I founded The Joe Family Foundation for Disability Advocacy, where our mission is to be a catalyst of change for minority youth with disabilities. We support the youth and their loved ones, by providing a trusted platform for networking. We hope to ensure that no matter the disability or racial ethnicity, life goals can be achieved through education, advocacy and partnership building. The Joe Family Foundation will bring light to the unique issues faced daily by youth of color with disabilities and their loved ones.

NyShaun’s passion pours into my healthcare advocate vocation at all levels. He inspires me to have focus, continuous drive and a smile, even if I am exhausted! My son is a survivor, and I am thankful for what he continues to teach me in life. Our tears help create futures for our youth that will allow them to make history. Through life circumstances, our children can often teach us how we should be the history in the making.

LaToya M. Jones
Proud!
Black Equity & Excellence Fund Advisory Council Member
Regional Healthcare Organizer with Healthcare Education Project
The Joe Family Foundation for Disability Advocacy, founder

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Click HERE for more information on the Black Equity & Excellence Fund.

Related Stories

News Releases February 20, 2024

Community Foundation Announces Three New Black Equity & Excellence Fund Advisory Council Members

The Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council is charged with reviewing grant proposals and making ...

3 men standing outside
News Releases February 15, 2024

More than $765,000 Distributed to Local Nonprofits

The Central New York Community Foundation recently distributed $769,999 in grants to local nonprofits.

Man and woman stand together
Stories February 12, 2024

Giving Perspectives: Susan & Michael Meath

The Community Foundation’s 5forCNY initiative, which invites community members to give back to the region ...

Artwork
Blogs December 27, 2023

Everson Museum Highlights Local Indigenous Artist

In July, the Everson hosted Frank Buffalo Hyde’s first solo exhibit in New York State, ...

hand holding growing money
Publications December 20, 2023

Financial Psychology Can Unlock Your Charitable Giving Intentions

Hear from Julia Trivisonno, a Senior Vice President and Key Private Bank Market Leader, on ...

Young girl standing next to bookshelf
Stories December 11, 2023

Making Literacy Accessible

The United Way of CNY recently used a $100,000 grant from our Literacy Initiative Fund ...

Two people sit at a table with laptops talking.
News Releases December 4, 2023

Community Foundation Bringing Training Platform to Organizations Serving Historically Excluded Communities

State-of-the-art resources and one-on-one coaching are being offered to 17 organizations that are primarily serving ...

Man reading with young boy
Blogs December 4, 2023

Providing an Extra Boost to Help Students Thrive

Mike Nash, president at KS&R and Book Buddies Volunteer, shares how he saw the positive ...

Linda Verni Williams
Stories November 15, 2023

Centered Giving: Linda Verni Williams

When Linda Verni Williams first opened the Oneida Lakes Arts & Heritage Center (“the center”) ...

News Releases February 20, 2024

Community Foundation Announces Three New Black Equity & Excellence Fund Advisory Council Members

The Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council is charged with reviewing grant proposals and making ...

3 men standing outside
News Releases February 15, 2024

More than $765,000 Distributed to Local Nonprofits

The Central New York Community Foundation recently distributed $769,999 in grants to local nonprofits.

Man and woman stand together
Stories February 12, 2024

Giving Perspectives: Susan & Michael Meath

The Community Foundation’s 5forCNY initiative, which invites community members to give back to the region ...

Artwork
Blogs December 27, 2023

Everson Museum Highlights Local Indigenous Artist

In July, the Everson hosted Frank Buffalo Hyde’s first solo exhibit in New York State, ...

hand holding growing money
Publications December 20, 2023

Financial Psychology Can Unlock Your Charitable Giving Intentions

Hear from Julia Trivisonno, a Senior Vice President and Key Private Bank Market Leader, on ...

Young girl standing next to bookshelf
Stories December 11, 2023

Making Literacy Accessible

The United Way of CNY recently used a $100,000 grant from our Literacy Initiative Fund ...

Two people sit at a table with laptops talking.
News Releases December 4, 2023

Community Foundation Bringing Training Platform to Organizations Serving Historically Excluded Communities

State-of-the-art resources and one-on-one coaching are being offered to 17 organizations that are primarily serving ...

Man reading with young boy
Blogs December 4, 2023

Providing an Extra Boost to Help Students Thrive

Mike Nash, president at KS&R and Book Buddies Volunteer, shares how he saw the positive ...

Linda Verni Williams
Stories November 15, 2023

Centered Giving: Linda Verni Williams

When Linda Verni Williams first opened the Oneida Lakes Arts & Heritage Center (“the center”) ...

View More