Who We Are

Purposely.org is cultivating the purpose-grounded life that fosters ongoing renewal, life direction, and long term well-being.
Our Story

LearnersChoose

LearnersChoose has been a pioneer in developing an effective peer group learning process for almost 20 years. Since its inception, we have been working with experienced professionals to help them overcome isolation in their work, find new pathways to overcome obstacles, and to experience renewal and vitality in their personal and professional life. With purposely.org, we are applying that same focus to help younger adults connect deeper with their own sense of life purpose to navigate through the extended transitions of adult life.
Our work is grounded in faith. By faith, we do not mean a particular set of beliefs, dogma, or doctrine; rather, by faith we mean a deep connection to possibilities that are not easily seen, to an ability to tap into often hidden sources of strength within us, to an expansive view of life much bigger than what's right before us. The purpose-grounded life is very much a faith journey.
LearnersChoose is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization founded in 2001. We continue to offer unigue opportunities for adult learners to experience growth and renewal in both their professional and their personal life through a carefully crafted peer group process. We are an independent, educational non-profit organization and are not directly affiliated with any school or university.
To learn more about our history, methodology, and theory visit us at LearnersChoose.org.

Partner with us

If you are part of an organization that serves students or young adults and you think our program might help, we'd love to hear from you. Send us a message via chat so we can talk.
Our Staff

Meet Our Team

Jay Robinson

Executive Director
Group Guide
Podcast Host

Jay serves as a friend of students and young adults as a mentor, life coach, and spiritual guide. While working closely with young adults throughout his career, for the past thirteen years he has worked exclusively with college students as the director of the Wesley non-profit student center on the campus of Jacksonville State University. He was a founding board member of the parent organization to LearnersChoose and began doing double duty as its executive director in 2015.

Jay began forming what has now become purposely.org over a span of several years. Frustrated by the outcomes that he was seeing in his own work with students--high drop-out rates, high debt, and especially the high percentage of slow and false starts after graduation--he set out to develop something that he hoped would help students acheive healthy long term outcomes. Now with years of development, purposely.org has expanded to encompass a broad vision to cultivate the purpose-grounded life. Jay combines thirty years of experience into Purposely, both in programs that serve young adults and in models of self-directed peer learning.

Education

  • B.A., Birmingham-Southern College
    1988
  • M.Div., Vanderbilt University
    1992

Pathfinder Team

Pathfinders engage in advocacy and ongoing support
in the peer learning community

Scott Clark

Podcast Co-Host

Anna Marker

Digital Media Advocacy

Eric Cline

Peer Group Formation and Support

James Thompson

Community Support

Jeremiah Rhodes

Community Support

Our Values Underpin Our
Methodology

Self-Selection

Groups form organically through individual buy-in. Though at times chaotic and messy, we don't interrupt the process by assigning individuals to groups.

Self-Direction

With the help of their Group Guide, groups identify their own goals and design a learning path forward together.

Self-Reflection

In a dialogical interplay between shared experiences and group reflection, individuals are offered opportunities to engage in deep, meaningful self-reflection.

Self-Accountability

In loving rather than punitive ways, groups help to hold one another accountable for the goals and outcomes.
Our brand is the silhouette of a compass with a person (blue) pointing up toward his/her life direction (lime). Our mission is cultivating the purpose-grounded life that fosters ongoing renewal, life direction, and long term well-being.
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