Frederick Jackson 60, a Father, a Uncle, a Community Activist, a Mentor, a Coach, a Mental Health Specialist, a Faithful Friend, and more…, a True Chicago Legend passed away on Wednesday December 16, 2020.
John 21:15 Jesus said to Simon Peter “Feed My Sheep”
Rick’s heart was filled with saving as many children as possible. He was an advocate of no child left behind. He would pass on knowledge to his mentees in effort for them to use it and peg it forward to the next generation. Ricks passion was to help people find their inner visions and capitalize on them. Rick was one to give you objective criticism and would also apologize if he was wrong.
Rick Jackson was employed by New Life Knew Solutions upon his death. Rick had many accomplishments throughout his life on earth. Rick was working as a carpenter and decided to mentor guys to get out of the streets. Rick then took his passion to another level to Cease fire in 2001 to 2006. Shortly after working with Cease Fire he became a supervisor due to his work performance. Rick worked with children from the greater Chicagoland area. While working at After School Matters, Rick and his co-workers established HOLY HOOPS; a safe haven for youths in the late-night hours. Rick Jackson was a Mentor and Coach (Super Mentor) at Al Raby with the football team (2006 – Present). While at Al Raby he helped the team move up to a better division, win varies Conference titles, ultimately winning the City Championship. Rick mentor and coached at Westinghouse, Austin and Douglas High School. Rick helped many kids get into college, some who never thought that college was an option. After Cease Fire, Rick worked for CPS doing youth outreach where they had mentoring programs, and truancy/violence prevention inside the schools. Rick was an independent contractor inside of ORR High School dealing with High-Risk Youth; they initiated the Peace Circles inside the schools dealing with high-risk youth and truancy. Rick was involved with Broken Wings which are students that were injured and paralyzed by gunfire. Rick was employed by CTS (Chicago Therapeutic Services) as an outreach coordinator. Rick worked with various High Schools in the Chicagoland area. Rick was part of Safe Passage, a pilot program that which was proven then became city wide. Rick’s baby is New Life Knew Solutions where he dedicated his life to make his organization successful. Rick established the organization with his dreams to help the youth in the community with mentoring, life goals, and mental health.
Rick’s life mission statement:
“Our Mission and Goal is to make sure that services are available and accessible for children, adolescents, adults and families dealing with mental and/or behavioral health challenges.”