Local Author Helps Others Reach New Heights
Known as the Takeoff Boss, Austin Jackson is just an 18 year old student and one of the Top 20 Leaders in the State of Georgia (2014) and now one of the Chief Ambassadors on the SCLC’s next generation board (2016) who has a passion for flying. He’s had a dream of being a commercial airline pilot since his first flight at age 6. Austin was so determined to stop at nothing to make his dream become a reality that he wrote a book entitled, Takeoff: Seeing Beyond the Clouds, where his fictional characters take the reader on an adventure through the life of a young ambitious and driven pilot. Austin’s overall message is “Takeoff into your destiny.” He wants to make other people’s dreams become a reality. With that in mind, he started a company, keeping the Takeoff theme, named “The Takeoff Superstore,” where he hires friends and exposes them to business, allowing them to take off into their destinies. He is constantly giving back to the community as a mentor to local Atlanta students, but also financially. A percentage of his proceeds go to an organization called Sheltering Books that donates books to homeless shelters around the country, and sends them to our troops overseas. He is determined to help his peers learn how to take off and is starting an online community that he hopes to get into schools across the country. This summer he’ll be speaking to youth all around the city on his motivational speaking tour called #Takeoff with the theme “Taking Off Like a Beast.”
When Austin was asked how it felt to accomplish so much at such a young age he replied, “It feels like a regular day. I am honored for the opportunities God has allowed me, and I just want to help people. So when people buy our Takeoff Books or items from the Takeoff Clothing Line, it allows us to help other people and supports nonprofits around the country.