Engaging & Empowering Students: 5 Tips for Leaders, Parents & Educators from Connective Inc.

Co-founded by James Jennings and Ian Thomas-Minor, two career educators and coaches, Connective Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on student engagement and empowerment. Jennings and Thomas-Minor employ their 25 combined years of experience impacting the lives of over 1,500 students in New York City to continue to develop effective techniques for revitalizing the approach to education. Shannon McDeez, the author of this interview, sits with Ian Thomas-Minor as he breaks down the 5 Tips for Leaders that has carried Connective Inc. through its successful years & growing positive impact. 

"Exaustion Opened My Eyes"

James Jennings opens up in the must-read blog, "How to Turn Lucky Breaks into Big Wins" created by Crystal Kang. Along with 12 other WeWork members, James share his perspective on luck, how it came across it, and how he used it to his advantage to further his passion-driven career.

Ian Thomas Minor is a Leader of the New School

“When I was younger, it was a job, I was somebody’s coach, but I didn’t know the importance and significance I could play in kids lives,” he says. Now, he runs his own youth non-profit called Connective and an annual youth basketball camp called Battle in the Bluffs, which takes students to Martha’s Vineyard for sports and life lessons.

6 Quick Questions with Educator, Coach, Mentor, Ian Thomas Minor

Ian Thomas-Minor, answers 6 quick questions about sports, philanthropy & the good bad & ugly of the New York education system.

A Place Called Hoops

There’s always basketball in Oak Bluffs, but there’s only one weekend like this.

Oak Bluffs Basketball Teams Battle It Out

Battle in the Bluffs was anything but warlike. The basketball camp held last weekend works to instill ideals and work ethics that go beyond the court and extend into careers. The camp, which was attended by 110 kids, spanned the weekend, and was capped off with playoff games.

Battle In The Bluffs Hoops Tourney Bridges Cultural Gaps

Ian Thomas-Minor’s "Battle In The Bluffs" two-day hoops experience and life skills camp, held annually in Martha’s Vineyard, an affluent island summer colony located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, captures the essence of Dr. King's dream. 

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