Jayne Black - President
Mrs. Wisconsin USA 2021
Jayne is an active volunteer for many charitable causes in her community. But her personal passion for over twenty years is to advocate for the 1 in 5 children affected by learning disabilities like dyslexia. Jayne is the President and Co-Founder of Creative Kids, Jayne is the author of a children's book called "Why Do I learn Differently?" Jayne is also a Writer who has had her articles published in nationwide magazines: Creative Child, Mom'sEveryday, American Dream, Red River Canyon Family Magazine and, is a Professional Blogger her past experience was with Forbes Women, Mom’s Making a Million, National Association of Female Executives, Money Wi$e Women. Her articles have also been published in Yahoo News and Divine Carolyn, India's Number 1 Finance Portal, Mom's in Business Magazine, Top News Today, iFinance Everyday, Money Control.
Jayne's additional works:
- Serving on the board of The Art Garage as Vice President, Executive Council, Creative Committee Chairperson and serves on the Fundraising Committee.
- Co-Founder of The Mobile Artist Program in partnership with The Art Garage: https://theartgarage.org/pages/the-mobile-artist
- Co-Host of her International Podcast Dyslexia Jewels! Inspirational Journeys of children and adults with dyslexia. https://dyslexiajewels.buzzsprout.com↗️
In 2012 Jayne graduated from the Women's Public Policy Network in Madison with a certificate of Public Policy. Jayne advocates for children with dyslexia and has testified at hearings and meets with Senators and Representatives advocating legislation for children with dyslexia in Wisconsin.
Jayne's diagnosis of dyslexia came about when her son Samuel was struggling in school starting in kindergarten and by 2nd grade Jayne was pushing for answers as she saw herself as a child in him. Her efforts led to their diagnosis of dyslexia on the same day! Jayne proudly accepts being dyslexic and has now replaced every misconception she had and others had thinking she was stupid, lazy and not trying hard enough. Jayne is working to redefine dyslexia!
In the last six years Jayne has orchestrated over 170 events to bring Creative Kids Rock to children and families. Creativity is soaring and awareness about dyslexia has definitely grown! Jayne's most recent partnership is with the Howe Community Resource Center where she plans out and teaches free monthly art classes for families which has helped to bring creativity and art to so many families and children in Green Bay. Jayne wanted to make sure that the cost of art classes would never be a hindrance to anyone.
She's a firm believer that if you want change don't wait for other to do it.....Be the change and lead the way for other's to join you!
Madyson is your typical young girl with big dreams. She loves knitting, volunteering at her local animal shelter, being a member of the Masters of Movement Company competition dance team and is very excited about starting band playing the saxophone. She also plans to go to college and become a veterinarian. She is a shy and fun loving child and is kind and caring towards others. She is also a child that was diagnosed with dyslexia.
She struggled in school since pre-school, but her biggest challenges began at the end of second grade. Madyson was diagnosed with dyslexia 2 years later. Her mom will never forget the day that she had to share the news with her daughter. Madyson’s response was a true testament of what she is made of. “Thank goodness, I am sure glad that it is just dyslexia”. Ever since then, Madyson has excepted and put into practice that she has to try harder or complete tasks in a different manner to be successful when required to do certain tasks.
Through mentoring with Jayne, Madyson is confident and proud of who she is. She truly believes that with hard work and determination she can achieve anything. She is not afraid to let everyone in on her secret, “I HAVE DYSLEXIA”. She understands how a diagnosis like this can make you feel sad and embarrassed because she has had to navigate through all these emotions. Her goal is to teach others with learning disabilities, “Do not be afraid, you will achieve great things with the talents you have been blessed with. Stand up and be proud of who you are!!!”
“Thank you so much for coming in today! The students had a blast and really seemed to understand the struggles students with dyslexia face.
4th Grade Teacher
I had the opportunity to work with Creative Kids Rock (CKR) and their president, Jayne Black, this past May during Community Art Day, a family-friendly celebration of the visual arts, presented by The Trout Museum of Art/Fox Cities Building for the Arts and the Fox Cities Educators for the Arts.
Our organization is constantly looking for ways to be more inclusive to all members of our community, so we were thrilled when Jayne came to us about having Creative Kids Rock participate in the Community Art Day event.
I appreciate that Creative Kids Rock allows children of all ages to use their creative energy to engage with things like literature that may otherwise be difficult for them. The organization also provides awareness of dyslexia, but does not treat it like a handicap; rather, CKR celebrates the diverse array of avenues in which those with dyslexia can succeed in our world.
I look forward to the things CKR will do to continue to engage in and further the arts in our community.
Education and Events Coordinator
The Trout Museum of Art / Fox Cities Building for the Arts
Jayne Black, President of Creative Kids Rock, has done a great job promoting art and inclusiveness in our community. I am a librarian for the Brown County Library system and I have had the pleasure to work with Jayne through the Kids Rock Art Contest. Jayne approached the library to partner for this art contest and it has been a wonderful experience for our patrons. Kids Rock promotes an inclusive art contest that allows all children to participate and to explore the joy of art. It is so impressive that Jayne took the initiative to start the art contest and reach out to the library and local schools to participate. Her work through Kids Rock as allowed children to flourish and experience the joy of art.
Youth Services Librarian
Brown County Library