Our Founder

Clarice L. Jackson

Clarice L. Jackson stands as a beacon of visionary leadership, an ordained minister, and an unwavering advocate for educational fairness. Her remarkable journey began in 2000 when she faced educational challenges with her daughter, Latecia Fox. Witnessing firsthand the struggles her daughter endured, Clarice embarked on a transformative mission to revolutionize literacy support and advocacy.

For over 36 years, Clarice has been at the forefront of advocating for literacy and education. The culmination of her efforts led to the establishment of The Voice Advocacy Center (VAC) in 2012. At VAC, Clarice’s vision manifests through vital resources, advocacy, and structured literacy tutoring for families navigating special education, dyslexia, and literacy disparities. Her dedication has brought tangible change to the lives of numerous children and families.

Beyond VAC, Clarice is the driving force behind Decoding Dyslexia NE and the Learning Disabilities Association of NE, amplifying the voices of those affected by dyslexia and learning differences. Her visionary leadership extends to Black Literacy Matters, a groundbreaking initiative prioritizing literacy within the Black community.

Clarice’s expertise and impact have garnered widespread recognition. As the 2014 Education Chair of the Omaha NAACP, her resolution for Dyslexia Awareness and Advocacy was adopted nationally, catalyzing efforts within the NAACP for Black Literacy Matters and Dyslexia. Her appearances on national news outlets and radio highlight her work in innovative classrooms and educational freedom. Notably, she was featured on Roland Martin Unfiltered’s Education Matters segment for Dyslexia Awareness Month in 2022.

Clarice’s advocacy has been honored with prestigious awards, including the 2016 National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Ed Reform Award, the 2019 NAACP Freedom Fighter Service Award, and the 2023 Malcolm X Foundation Award. Most recently, she received the 2024 Dick Holland Literacy Advocate Award from the Phoenix Academy School, recognizing her unwavering dedication to literacy advocacy.

As an ordained minister and Governor-appointed African American Commissioner for the State of NE, Clarice’s leadership transcends education into community engagement and empowerment. Her role underscores her commitment to advocating for educational fairness and social justice for all children.

Guided by Dr. Martin Luther King’s timeless words, Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself, Clarice embodies a commitment to inclusivity and excellence in education. She strives tirelessly to ensure every child has the opportunity to thrive academically and beyond. In Omaha, NE, Clarice is a proud mother of two exceptional children, Mekhi and Latecia, whose journey with dyslexia ignited Clarice’s passion for advocacy, shaping her transformative work in literacy and education.