Unique Minds, Inc. (UMI) was founded in 2008 by Cynthia Jackson-Jenkins, JD.
Ms. Jackson-Jenkins has spent over 20 years working throughout various parts of the country in philanthropy, community/economic development, social services, human resources, and education. In 2011, UMI received 501(C)3 non-profit status.
UMI has provided technical assistance and training to over 50 organizations and direct services to 2,500 children and adults (primarily women) in low income communities.
Unique Minds, Inc. provided technical assistance to low income residents seeking assistance with starting a business. Provided workshops, hands on training and identified resources for individuals at different stages of planning.
Unique Minds Inc. collaborated with Clayton State University on a program developed by Exercise Physiology graduate students. The goal was to show low income women that were the single head of households how to decrease the likelihood of obesity and diabetes through exercise and proper nutrition.
Unique Minds, Inc. planned, developed, and implemented a grass roots program to identify the number of homeless veterans. Duties included: identifying public, private, faith-based, nonprofits and community decision makers critical to the project; organizing a county-wide count; recruiting and training volunteers, identifying targeted areas to conduct surveys, training staff, developing formats for reports, and analyzing data.
Unique Minds, Inc. provided cultural diversity training for professional staff interacting with African American and Latino clients and patients. Our consultants met with individual board members to identify goals and determine benchmarks; provided training materials, facilitated group discussions, and helped the organization develop policy on addressing diversity issues specific to clients and staff.
Unique Minds, Inc., worked with Clayton County community stakeholders including the hospital system, public school system, Board of Health, and the Clayton State University spearheading program to provide third graders information on healthy lifestyles. Children sampled fresh vegetables and fruits. They were also provided additional time for physical exercise that did not extend their day or take away from classroom instruction. This initiative was published and presented at a peer group conference paper and was considered for publication in the Journal of School Health.