Dr. John Jackson, The Schott Foundation for Public Education presents the findings of The Urgency of Now: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males.
Tyree "TOPDOLLAR" Dumas is a 23-year old visionary and CEO/ Founder who created DOLLARBOYZ, a massive youth-led movement that attracts youth from all over the U.S., creating a positive force for change. The DOLLARBOYZ movement currently has over 15,000 members and its videos have received more than 7.4 million hits on YouTube. DollarBoyz, Inc. is a multi-ethnic, youth managed, performing and media Arts Company that exposes "hard to reach and vulnerable" youth to social development through entrepreneurship, the entertainment arts, and social gatherings.
Tyree’s influence and ability to work with youth have gotten him acknowledged and awarded by the Knight Foundation via the Black Male Engagement Award, the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, featured in an article in the Philadelphia Weekly, Daily News, Tribune, Philadelphia Inquire, Metropolis, English House Gazette and interviewed on entertainment networks such as BET, Clear Channel’s Power 99fm and Radio One’s 100.3fm, 107.9fm, and 900am WURD.
Tyree currently sits on the Mayor’s appointed; Commission on African American Males, School Districts; Blue Ribbon Commission on Safe School’s, currently a fellow of New Leaders Council Philadelphia, and Coordinator of the Hip Hop Caucus’s Respect My Vote Campaign of Philadelphia. Tyree has previously worked at the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology as Youth Council Liaison, Cookman United Methodist Church as the Director of the Teen Center, at Columbia North YMCA overseeing and creating programs for youth as the Y-Teens Program Coordinator, and at Nu Juice Foundation’s Keepin It Real Tour as Coordinator of their school tours program. Tyree is currently focused on his own business endeavors that follow along the same lines of working closely with youth.
DollarBoyz’s goals are to inspire new business creation, academic achievement, economic development, service and paid work experiences using the participants’ various talents. We accomplish this through sharing ideas and resources in a diverse and civic manner through digital media and original music production, photography, dance, and marketing.
On July 2, 2007, Dr. John H. Jackson became the President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education. In this role, Dr. Jackson leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure a high quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender. Dr. Jackson joined the Schott Foundation after seven productive years in leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served as the NAACP Chief Policy Officer and prior to that as the NAACP's National Director of Education.