We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Brooks, M.Ed. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I created JMB Advising after working at my school as the Dean of College Success and College Success Coordinator. I saw a need for more students and families to have conversations about post-secondary planning in efforts to create a vision they could all see and understand. Working with my students one on one at work fueled a passion to provide those services to others in my community that I knew would benefit from it and be able to grow because of the information. Creating JMB Advising has allowed me to develop content and curriculum for after school programs, organizations, social media, and continue to spread information across our nation.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
JMB Advising strives to make post-secondary planning and resources readily available to clients and families. Whether it’s supporting in one-on-one sessions or presenting in group settings, JMB supports essay and scholarship writing, scholarship research, creating college or trade program lists, and financial aid workshops. I am most proud when students verbalize how much more informed they are, or accessible post-secondary options are to them because of the work we put in. Not only am I creating action items for the client but also for myself because we work together as a team to achieve their goals. Having presented for organizations here in Detroit such as the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, GOAL Line Detroit, and SAY Play Detroit, I’ve successfully reached students in various demographics across the city. But I’ve also been able to support students across the country in states such as New York, Florida, and Georgia with one-on-one support in the midst of our ongoing pandemic.
I’ve learned that feedback is so important to servicing the clients and organizations. Their reviews and opinions matter as I develop and cater content and sessions to their specific needs. My excitement rests in seeing the emails, text messages, and social media posts when they win scholarships, internships, and get into the programs of their choice based on the work that we did together. They allow me to do what i do best, and in turn they develop skillsets that allow them to learn to navigate and advocate for themselves in the future.
I created JMB Advising because there is a disparity in my city of post-secondary planning. My high school students were graduating high school, but lacked the understanding of creating a plan until it became a requirement within our school. If those students could research in a seminar class all of the ways they could reach post-secondary success, more students in my community could benefit from that as well. My experience running the college program at my job and the encouragement of my husband and family to step out on faith and begin to service others is what led me to this moment today.
I want the world to know that JMB Advising is qualified and skilled in assisting students and families with exploring post-secondary options. No matter your background, we work together as a team and I support you to and through your goals. As a parent, an educator, and a business woman, my clients are important in the work that I do and I appreciate them for entrusting me to provide them with services that can take them to the next phase in their lives.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many unique places to eat, socialize, and explore. I curate a list often of new places to try and some of my favorites. The various cat
Flowers of Vietnam
Willis Show Bar
Monroe Midway (outdoor roller skating park)
Oak and Reel
Bad Luck Bar
Great Vibes and Atmosphere with all of the above:
All of these places are great to decompress, get great food, drinks, and socialize. No matter the atmosphere you are looking for I know a place that fits the needs.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Both of my late grandmothers, Mrs. Jenkins and Mrs. Baker, were educators in Detroit Public Schools for over 20 years. They instilled in me a passion for learning and confidence that I could do anything I set my mind too. I did not initially want to become a teacher, but realized it was my calling and have not looked back. I attribute my success to their guidance and continue to try to live up to the standards they set as educators and the impact they left on their students and community.
(Images in the Houndstooth jacket) Photographer Alicia R. Price