MVM highlights education and goals
Local educator’s organization looks to draw more attention on academics and positive reinforcements.
By Brian W. Carter
Sentinel Staff Writer
Everyday there are people who make sweeping changes in the community. Some of those people do it through community organizations, some through the LAPD and some from behind a desk in an office. Eugene Adams is one of those people who is bringing attention to the student and education community.
Adams has been a part-time assistant professor and college counselor in the Los Angeles Community District and El Camino Community College District for the past 12 years. He, like many in the education department, has been the victim of budget cuts. Adams was unfortunately laid off but that wouldn’t be the end of his story.
In 2006, he founded Most Valuable Majors, LLC (MVM) as a way to keep working in field of education. MVM creates a brand, a movement and good news that inspires and employs outstanding students and teachers.
“In the world of sports, the term MVP (Most Valuable Player), is the sport’s or league’s best player,” said Adams. “So I decided to come up with a term that would represent the MVP in education. Hopefully, the term Most Valuable Major or MVM will be used to describe a school’s best student in a specific major or career.”
MVM offers various major/career-based clothing and merchandise to students and teachers. Adams’ quest is for MVM to make academic and career achievements popular in today’s society. He also wishes to use MVM to put more emphasis on a positive, education-fueled lifestyle for youth.
“We began with T-shirts, but we have already began developing concepts and screenplays for radio, TV, and film project,” said Adams. These media projects will give us more opportunities to create jobs, scholarships, and hope.”
The clothing can be viewed on the company website and is designed to appeal to 15 different majors including: art, business, film and pre-medicine. MVM is looking to feature more students and teachers on its website. The website also features award-winning students and teachers with statistics, academic and professional experiences.
“We plan to increase the number of role models that we have on our site, “said Adams, “in order to illustrate the MVM message that all skilled people are important in society.” As an entrepreneur, Adams hopes to generate enough sales and support from investors to create jobs and scholarships.
“Due to the recession, the state budget cuts to education, and the tuition hikes, people who believe in education have to work together to create new solutions, said Adams. “My company can be one of the solutions if can get more support from the people who believe in our goals to make jobs, to make a difference and to make history.”
This June, Adams and MVM hope to honor various high schools and college graduations. MVM will donate clothes to students, schools and non-profit organizations. “Every year we work to sell enough items to stay in business, but we also donate a certain amount of merchandise to deserving students and charities that value education,” said Adams.
For more information about MVM, please visit mostvaluablemajors.com.