New Town Success Zone’s PhotoVoice Exhibit Unveiled at Art Walk

Apr 7, 2011  •   Written by admin   •  no comments


Community photographers from the New Town Success Zone debuted their work at the April Jacksonville Art Walk last night.

The PhotoVoice Project, Strengthening the Voices of Women in New Town: Making Our Neighborhood Better for Children, allowed women from the New Town community of North Jacksonville to act as recorders and potential catalysts for social action in their neighborhood through photography. Their pictures reflect the strengths and concerns they see in New Town.

Participants stood proudly by their photos, which were accompanied by personal narratives, and talked with visitors about their experiences throughout the process. The next phase of the project will including advocacy training, empowering the women to address their concerns and enabling them to bring positive changes in their community.

The project is a collaboration between the Early Childhood Committee of the New Town Success Zone and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and is funded by the Women’s Giving Alliance, the Chartrand Foundation, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers and individual donors.

The exhibit will remain on display throughout April at the main library, at 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202.

Healthy Start Advocates in Tallahassee for Children’s Week

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Healthy Start board members, volunteers and staff traveled to Tallahassee Tuesday to advocate for Florida’s children. The annual initiative brought together parents, children, policy makers, professionals, community leaders and concerned citizens from all over the state to share valuable knowledge and information about children’s issues. Over 80 different organizations set up educational and activity booths throughout the Capitol Courtyard and Rotunda, and hundreds participated in Hanging of the Hands, a display of over 100,000 unique cut-outs of children’s hands.

This year’s trip was a huge success! Healthy Start delegates met with several legislators from Northeast Florida to thank them for their continued support, and community volunteers gained valuable first-hand knowledge of advocacy tactics.

To learn more about the event, visit the Children’s Week homepage.

BB&T hosts “Financial Education Day” at Magnolia Project

Apr 6, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The BB&T Bank Bus made a stop at the Magnolia Project yesterday to provide financial resources for Project participants and other interested persons in Pearl Plaza.

The bank pulled over 35 credit reports and talked with more than 50 prospective clients. The bus was there from 10am-2pm.

The big, brightly painted vehicle is a mobile community financial education tool that is equipped to provide the following to community members and area residents wherever it travels:

  • Free Annual Credit Reports
  • BB&T Products & Services: Checking and Savings Accounts
  • BB&T Careers:
  • Web-based Financial Education Resources

Photo Courtesy of BB&T

The importance of children’s health care: bringing attention to the issue

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At our Springing into Children’s Health Care event on March 26, we were able to complete Florida KidCare applications for 90 families in Northeast Florida, allowing them to take the first step towards accessing health care for their children.

But that was just one step in linking our region’s families to programs. Where can you find out more?