Jamaal Eubanks: Part of the Solution
Jamaal Eubanks

Q: You are a Madison native.  Tell me about your journey growing up here and your educational pursuits.
A:  Growing up here in Madison was interesting. In hindsight it was perfect for me — there wasn’t much to do so I couldn’t get into trouble. At the same time, there
was enough to do so I wouldn’t get in trouble with idle time as well, if that makes sense. I was born and raised here, so I knew when it was time to go to college, I
wanted to leave the state to purse my dream of becoming a teacher. My experience in school here inspired me to have that dream of becoming a teacher. Through
my K-12 education, I only had one Black teacher and I wanted to change that narrative.

Q:  We have some professionals of color who leave Madison for the lure of bigger cities.  Why have you stayed?
A: I have stayed because of my kids. I knew what it was like to grow up without that fatherly figure and I made it up in my mind long before they came into the world
that they wouldn’t suffer the same way I did.

Q:  Tell me what you are doing professionally.
A: I am currently a student support advisor at Madison College, in addition to running my own business, Eubanks Solutions. I created a series of interactive
workshops designed to teach perseverance and resilience through the lens of self-reflection. I want to teach kids how to look beyond tomorrow and into the future
and turn dreams to goals. The workshop that has been most popular is #FuelOrCrutch because the idea of learning how to deal with adiversity is an important skill
to have as you will deal with adversity throughout your entire life.

Q: What is the most fulfilling part of the work that you do?
A:  The most fulfilling part of the work that I do is just being able to help youth/students pursue their dreams. I also love seeing when the light bulb comes on and it
all comes together for them and they get excited about their future.

Q:  It can be tough owning your own business. What has kept you motivated? How have you leveraged support to stay focused on running a successful business?
A: My kids are my biggest motivation. Without them entering my life, I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d be doing, but I definitely wouldn’t be experiencing anything
close to the success I have.  Also, to know where I have been, to know what goals I have set for myself, to know that I am setting an example for my kids and their
friends is motivation too. Support comes and goes, but having friends and family that encourages me, keeps me inspired and gives me strength to keep going and
even work harder.
Jamaal Eubanks grew up in Madison and after attending school out of state in Huntingdon College, he returned
home. While working for the school district, he devoted his time to raising his children and pursuing two masters
degrees from Edgewood College. His professional work remains in an educational setting, but he has added an
extra layer to his portfolio. Because he cares passionately about the success of Black children in our community,
he founded and operates Eubank Solutions LLC, which provides an array of services that focus on at-risk youth
between the ages of 11-21. Through innovative approaches, his goal is to mentor and inspire youth to achieve their
goals and dreams.  

Pivotal Transition, a mentoring program that he co-created with a friend has the motto, “Look Beyond Tomorrow,”
which signifies the hope that this youth mentorship program represents. In addition to encouraging participants to
be the owner of their destiny, it helps through providing back-to-school supplies, student-aid scholarships, and
clothing.  

Other solutions offered are interactive motivational workshops like the “Determination to Succeed” series. These
workshops are focused on the “end game of success” and speak to the need to have mental toughness,
perseverance, and resilience to overcome obstacles and adversity to attain goals. Eubanks' reach has also been
expanded to include consultation services to school districts, colleges and community organizations to solve
equity and behavior issues with at-risk youth in Madison. Learn more about Eubanks in this month’s YP Spotlight.
Q: What other networks or organizations have you personally and professionally
benefited from locally or statewide?  
A: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, local teachers union, Urban League of Greater
Madison, 100 Black Men of Madison, Community Shares of Wisconsin, Nehemiah,
BluePrint4Hope, and The College Station. Please forgive me if I left anyone off.

Q: What current issues affecting our city or statewide are important to you and why?
A:  Education! We have the worst academic achievement gap for Black kids in the
country.

Q: What are some of the civic engagements you are involved in?
A: Pivotal Transition which is a mentoring program I co-founded with long time friend
Donta Brown, using my Eubanks Solutions LLC to teach individuals how to deal with
adversity and help them to move forward on their way to success.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment as a young professional in our community?
A: It would have to be the work being done with the #FuelOrCrutch movement. I get
people that come up to me all the time telling me that they saw someone with a
hoodie or shirt or taking pictures in gear and posting it on social media and tagging
me in it. Also, it’s the different platforms that I have had the opportunity to speak to
the movement as well.

Q: What advice would you give to young professionals of color who are new to
Madison?
A: Find ways to get involved in the community and create a network.

Q: What is an interesting fact about you that most people do not know?
A: That I am afraid of squirrels, but deathly afraid of cats!

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of your work and civic activities?
A: I love playing, coaching, and watching basketball. I love hanging with my kids
and I love watching them play basketball. I decided to combine all those and created
a youth basketball team that is affordable. I also enjoy playing cards (Spades
specifically), movies, and socializing with friends.

Nia Trammell is an attorney working in government.