Charles Cotton (Founder of 3-Point Initiative)
When I was younger, the economic structures in the south forced me to be in the fields picking cotton to help support my family.
When I was in eighth and ninth grade, my ministry was sharpened as I sat under the tutelage of a master carpenter, Mr. Willie James Mott, at Simmons High School in Hollandale, Mississippi.
My teacher taught me much more than how to use hand and power tools. In his class, the daily regiment consisted of lessons in reading, writing, arithmetic, respect, ethics and industrial craftmanship. As time progressed, I had the privilege of having him for an instructor at Jackson State University.
After thirty years of service in the Cleveland Public Schools, the industrial arts program was eliminated from the academic curriculum, district-wide. Seven shop teachers’ positions were eliminated in the Career Technical Division
in the fall of 2004, marking the end of an era.
Well, I'm back!
By partnering with Polis, we plan on bringing empowering and liberating skills to Cleveland youth, helping them acquire what's needed to rise above the systemic issues that keep them stuck.