New model increases student access to mental-health services

Moving Counselors into schools has referrals on track to double
By Tessa Duvall
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Florida Times Union

It wouldn’t be unusual to walk past Room 105 at Saint Clair Evans Academy before school starts and hear “The Electric Slide,” or maybe “The Cha Cha Slide,” coming from the other side of the door.

Inside, Tyrenia Cross has dragged her table and

The Jacksonville Children’s Commission Chooses to Invest in the Future

By S.Mathur

The mission of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission is “to support families in their effort to maximize their children’s potential to be healthy, safe, and educated and contributing members of the community”.

Victoria Carlucci, Communications Manager, outlines some of the ways in which the Commission fulfills its mission: “The Jacksonville Children’s Commission currently funds nearly

Jax Journey Revival Showing Successes Already

Florida Politics, December 29,2015
By A.G. Gancarski

One of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry‘s priorities has been public safety. But it’s a new school approach to law and order, one predicated on the assumption that Jacksonville can’t police our way out of its problems, and one rooted in a revival of the Jacksonville Journey.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Curry has said.

Curry

Education groups look to future of after-school, summer programs

Florida Times Union, Mon, Dec 28, 2015
By Tessa Duvall

Millions of dollars are spent every year in Jacksonville to help children after school and over the summer. But a lack of coordination makes those efforts less effective than they can be, according to people who are setting out to change that.

The Jacksonville Children’s Commission has convened an Out

Jacksonville Children’s Commission CEO: “I don’t want kids to hurt like I did”

First Coast News 2016
Watch Interview Here

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville man has dedicated his life’s work to helping children. His passion comes from knowing firsthand what it’s like to be abused and exploited as a child.

For five years, Jon Heymann lived in the Athens Infant Asylum in Greece. His recollection of exactly what went on within the asylum’s

Kids Oughta Be Covered!

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, kids who get regular medical checkups and health care, including vaccinations, have better attendance rates and get better grades.

As many parents know, back to school is also the time when kids get sick. So now is the perfect time to be prepared for those routine maladies like scrapes and

CEO Heymann Interviewed in Break the Quo

BreakTheIce is an interview series that connects students to Jacksonville’s community leaders.  We believe that students cannot truly be meaningfully involved in the community without knowing the people who lead, impact, and govern it. These interviews are meant to truly “break the ice” by turning community leaders into familiar faces.

To view the interview click here

After-school programs available for local children

Watch our recent appearance on News4Jax! Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full video.

“The programs are very affordable, they’re free,” explained Jon Heymann, CEO of Jacksonville Children’s Commission.

The programs are available in 35 out of the 103 elementary schools and 14 of the 24 middle schools in Duval County.

“We have zero programs in high school, and

Setting Standards for Out-of-School Time

Originally Posted at youthtoday.org on 7/17/15

Children fan out across the tennis courts at the MaliVai Washington Youth Center in Jacksonville, Fla. Founded by tennis star MaliVai Washington, the center offers an after-school program called TnT (Tennis-n-Tutoring) where kids learn the sport. Not only do they hone their athletic skills, they also gain life skills and get academic support.

On the

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