Tuesday, January 28, 2014

You're Invited to Open House @ Florida School of the Arts

You are cordially invited to Florida School of the Arts Open House which takes place on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2014 on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College from 2:30PM to 6PM, followed by dinner and tickets to see their production of the musical "Once On This Island" by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

To RSVP for these free events, please go to: www.floarts.org/openhouse.htm or call (386) 312-4300.

Open House at Florida School of the Arts is your chance to find out if they fit your needs for professional development. They have scheduled ample opportunity during this special day for you to hear from their teachers, staff, students, and alumni about what they do. Included in the day's events will be a faculty exhibition, Q&A will students and alumni, tours of our facilities, and a production of "Once On This Island," a musical .

ATTENTION JUNIORS: Hamilton Leader Award & Leaders Academy

What is the Hamilton Award?

The Hamilton Award recognizes outstanding high school juniors for their academic, personal, and service achievements and selects students for the Hamilton Leaders Academy – a three-year, no student cost program that helps students get into college, transition to college, succeed while in college and transition to the post college world. 
Who is eligible?
A Hamilton Award Winner…
• Is a Junior in high school.
• Is college bound.
• Has a strong record of community service.
• Shows a strong commitment to their academic studies.
• Is a self-starter and has proven this through activities such as: organizing a fundraiser, starting a business, creating a club or organization or working to help support their family.
• Shows passion and commitment to their interests. This is often manifested in athletic, artistic or academic achievements.
• Has financial and/or personal need. Hamilton Friends serves students from low-income households. When choosing our winners we take the applicant's financial, family and community situation into consideration.
• Is committed to participating in the Hamilton Leaders Academy.
Winners are enrolled in the Hamilton Leaders Academy and receive:
• A $500 cash scholarship
• Leadership training in Seattle (2015) and Central America (2016)
• College application assistance 
• Scholarship and financial aid search assistance
• Internship and mentorship opportunities

Grief & Bereavement Services - Community Hospice

Sunday, February 2 at 1 PM
at the Jacksonville Jewish Center

Ari Howard, a fourteen - year old Jacksonville Jewish Center member and student at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida, lives just a few houses away from another local teen, Orly Ohayon. Ari is reaching out to the community to help his seventeen - year old neighbor as she continues to recover from a tragic accident, by organizing a Super Benefit Concert.

Orly and her mother, Esther Ohayon (of blessed memory), were hit by a car on September 13, 2013, while they were walking across San Jose Boulevard to attend Yom Kippur Services. Orly's mother was killed instantly and Orly miraculously survived. Today, Orly requires a great deal of medical attention as she recuperates from her severe injuries. Orly is strong and resilient. Even as she mourns the loss of her mother and faces tremendous challenges as she recovers, whenever you see Orly, she has a contagious smile on her face.


Mike Shackelford   
Whether playing for thousands in a large concert hall, opening for the Beach Boys at an outdoor festival, or jamming in intimate nightclubs, for Mike it has always been about the music.

Al Poindexter & Eric Wendorf
Al performs folk songs on his steel bottleneck guitar or claw hammer banjo. Eric plays blues harmonica and stomps his foot to the rhythm, while getting the crown to join along.

Stephen Robinson
Heralded by The New York Times for his "effortless virtuosity with intelligence and good taste," Stephen Robinson's recordings have received unanimous critical acclaim.

Dr. Robinson is a top prizewinner in five major international competitions and is recognized for his outstanding work with children and seniors. 

He is a Professor of Music at Stanton University where he is the founding director of the guitar program (since 1983). 




($20 suggested donation) 

Ari Howard here for more information about the event.

Jacksonville EXCHANGE Club Speech Contest

Monday, January 27, 2014

DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 28th!!!!!

The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program was established by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) in 2006 to identify exemplary young people through their participation in the MCEC Student 2 Student (S2S) program. The program was named for Mrs. Frances Hesselbein, in recognition of her dedication to the development of children and youth.  Mrs. Hesselbein is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Leader to Leader Institute and the former CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States highest civilian honor, in 1998.

Under the direction of the MCEC, and following the inspiration and guidance of Mrs. Hesselbein, this one-week training program is offered at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The program delivers intensive training, interaction with positive role models, and practical applications which benefit participants in their studies and throughout their lifetime. Full Tuition includes transportation, lodging, meals, program materials and supplies.

The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program objectives are focused on the following major areas:  team building, leadership development, to include goal setting, and motivational workshops; resilience, life span human development, character development, community involvement and leaders in action.

Students compete for the opportunity to attend
the training by submitting the following applications:

Please fill out the following editable PDF's, save your final PDF's
to your hard drive, and then attach and email them to Debra Longley at
Student Resume
• Two letters of recommendation
• Two page typed essay

Applicants must be a Sophomore or Junior, and active in their local Student 2 Student program

SCAD Info Session in Gainesville next weekend!

You Are Invited to Attend a SCAD Information Session in Gainesville!
Shooting a photography spread for Harper's BAZAAR. Creating print and digital work for Hard Rock Hotels. Designing jewelry for Swarovski. Working as lead animator at game design giant Bigpoint. Creating interiors for Bravo. Showing a collection at Paris Fashion Week. SCAD graduates aren't just finding jobs in creative professions - they are shaping the future of them.
Learn more about how you can transform your passion into a creative career at the world's most comprehensive art and design university - attend a SCAD Information Session!

Saturday, Feb. 1, 12-2 p.m.
Gainesville, Fla.

Hilton Conference Center Gainesville (
1714 SW 34th St.
Register to attend.

Attend this one-hour presentation and learn more about SCAD's:
  • Trailblazing academic programs and innovative curriculum
  • Distinctive, urban locations around the globe
  • Diverse, international student body
  • Exceptional career preparation and outstanding alumni stories
After the presentation, students can engage in a Sighting and Measuring workshop led by SCAD professor Terry Moeller. Additionally, students can meet with an admission representative one-on-one to ask questions about the admission process and how to take the next steps toward their future at SCAD.


Apprenticeship with local Iron Workers

Ironworkers Local 597 JATC
9616 Kentucky Street
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Office Phone: (904) 765-3596
Office Fax:  (904) 766-8112
We are currently accepting application, Monday - Friday from 9am - 3pm at the Apprenticeship Office.
 The following is a list of requirements in order to join our program:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Furnish a copy of your Birth Certificate & Social Security Card
- Furnish a High School Diploma and an Original Transcript of High School Grades. If you have a G.E.D., furnish an official G.E.D. certificate and official G.E.D. test scores.
- Furnish a copy of your valid Drivers License.
-Furnish 2 reference letters.
- Be physically able to perform all tasks of the Iron Working Industry and pass a physical examination by a medical doctor if accepted into the program.
- Submit to a substance abuse test as required by the JATC.
- Be willing to submit to a back ground check.
- If a veteran, submit a copy of discharge form D.D. 214.
- Agree to participate in any remedial instruction required by the JATC.

All of these documents must be submitted with the application in order to have a completed application.  Without these documents submitted, the application will not be recognized.

Apprenticeship with Jacksonville Plumbers & Pipefitters

Jacksonville Plumbers & Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship & Training Trust
489 Stevens Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32254 
P: 904-781-2112




WHO: Jacksonville Plumbers and Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust
WHERE: 489 Stevens Street Jacksonville, FL 32254
TIME: January 6, 2014 - April 4, 2014
9:00 A.M. -11:45 A.M. 1:30 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.


Applications for entry into this program are accepted without regard to race, religion, color, sex, or national origin.
All applicants must:
  1. Be 18 years of age or older by time of interview.
  2. Furnish a copy of birth certificate and valid driver's license.
  3. Be a high school graduate by June 7, 2014. Furnish a high school diploma AND an official transcript of high school grades. If you have a GED, furnish an official GED certificate AND official GED test scores.
  4. Furnish an official Driver History Record from the Division of  Drivers Licenses in Tallahassee covering seven years. (Form provided by this office.)
  5. Be physically able to perform all tasks related to the plumbing and pipefitting industry and pass a physical examination by a medical doctor if accepted into the program.
  6. Submit to a substance abuse test as required by the Committee.
  7. If a veteran, please submit a copy of discharge form DD214.
  8. If your last name is not the same of that which is on your birth certificate, you will have to provide proof of your name change.
  9. Be of good moral character.
  10. Satisfy the Joint Apprenticeship Trustees that you have the ability and desire to master the trade.
  11. Agree to participate in remedial instruction required by the Joint Apprenticeship Trustees.
  12. Abide by the Standards adopted by the Joint Apprenticeship Trustees.
In addition to the above stated minimums, a good background in mathematics, science, drawing, shop or industrial arts is desirable. 
Please note that the applications are for the apprentice school year starting September 2014. No apprentices will be selected or put to work from total number of applicants until all applicants are interviewed by the Tru

Summer leadership opportunity - ALL EXPENSES PAID!


The Florida Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)

The Florida Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is an annual career and leadership training program that is both educational and motivational. Sponsored annually by The Able Trust, the YLF brings together rising high school juniors and seniors each summer to spend a long weekend in Tallahassee learning about community and academic resources, disability history, career options and personal leadership. They also take part in social activities which enable them to network, learn from each other and build friendships that will last a lifetime.
The YLF is one of three youth programs of The Able Trust that works to reduce the dropout rate of youth with disabilities and improve their participation in employment related activities. These programs focus on building self-esteem, developing personal leadership skills and preparing young adults with disabilities for life beyond high school.

YLF Selection Criteria

To participate in the Florida Youth Leadership Forum (YLF), a student must meet the following requirements:
  • Be a Florida rising high school junior or senior under the age of 19 (students should be preparing to enter the 11th or 12th grade at the time of the YLF in July.)
  • Have a disability as recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Show demonstrated leadership potential
  • Show participation in extra-curricular activities and community involvement
  • Possess the ability to interact effectively with other students,
  • Be capable of adapting to new surroundings and following an intense schedule of forum activities,
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in small and large group discussions.
  • Show proof of health insurance (private insurance, KidsCare or Medicaid are acceptable)

Student Insights - Student-View Scholarship: complete the survey, you're entered into a scholarship drawing!

The Student-View Scholarship is a unique opportunity for high school seniors.
It is open to all students regardless of academic achievement or financial need.
Student Insights will award the following prizes: (Select your state below to apply)
  • One (1) individual prize of a $4,000 scholarship.
  • Two (2) individual prize of a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Eight (8) individual prizes, consisting of $500 scholarships each
scholarships for seniors
It is exceptionally easy to apply:
* NO minimum SAT or ACT score
* NO minimum grade point average
* NO lengthy, time-consuming paperwork
* NO essays
* NO application fees
Simply complete a 15-25 minute online survey about local colleges. You will then be automatically entered into a random drawing for a scholarship award.

Marist Technology Scholarships

Technology Scholarships Eligibility

The three technology scholarships are being offered to academically talented Fall 2014 freshman applicants who wish to major in Computer Science or Information Technology and Systems.

Selection Criteria for Undergraduate Technology Scholarships Include:

  • Strength of curriculum and academic performance throughout high school
  • Interview with the dean and/or faculty from the School of Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Declaration of Computer Science or Information Technology and Systems as program of study
  • Full-time enrollment at Marist starting Fall 2014
If you are eligible and interested in this opportunity, apply today! Our online application for admission can be found at www.marist.edu/admission. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Undergraduate Admission Office at 1-800-436-5483 oradmission@marist.edu
Admission applicants should apply as early as possible, but no later than February 15, 2014. Potential scholarship recipients will be identified once an admission decision has been finalized. Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than April 15, 2014.

Friday, January 24, 2014


Volunteers needed for The Color Run!
This may seriously be the most fun you will ever have volunteering.  There are loads of opportunities including throwing color, handing out water, helping at the starting and finish lines, working the color store, or revving up the crowd by dancing and distributing color to runners.

Don't miss a volunteer slot, sign up for one of these today!

The Color Run was founded in January of 2012 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the "Happiest 5k on the Planet". Now the single largest event series in the United States, The Color Run has exploded since their debut event. They have more than tripled their growth, hosting more than 170 events in 30+ countries in 2013.

For more information please visit TheColorRun.com


College Fair & Teen Summit @ Ribault tonight!

You’re invited to our first annual “I Am the Dream” College Fair & Teen Summit! 
It’s an after-school event that is designed to educate teenagers in the areas of Health, Education, Teen Dating Violence, Bullying, General Violence, and more.  This event is powered by Dwayne Thomas, Pam Greer, and Charmaine Crutchfield.

 We’re celebrating our teenagers and hearing their voice to understand how we can help them in their future endeavors. 

Friday Evening, January 24
4 p.m. – 8p.m.
Jean Ribault High School –Auditorium

As an invited guest, you’ll have an opportunity to engage in discussions held by young influential and community leaders with teenagers in attendance.  Our goal is to educate each teenager in a new area that will inspire, motivate, and spark change in their educational, social, and personal behavior.  We have are expecting several colleges to talk to students about college admissions, scholarships, financial aid, and college planning.   This is an open invitation to the general public and free to the community.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


JAMES WELDON JOHNSON has two ACT prep course sessions at the James Weldon Johnson ACT Center #3054 this Spring, both for current high school students and for students who earned a Certificate of Completion:

·        Our first session began on January 14th and goes until February 6th.
·        Our second session will begin on February 25th and goes until April 10th

The ACT prep sessions are timed to lead right up to the April Saturday testing of the ACT. The class is free of charge and meets here at James Weldon Johnson ACT Center #3054, 1840 West 9th Street, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:30-6:00 p.m.  They are more than happy to help anyone who would like to come.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

World of 7 Billion Video Competition

World of 7 Billion Video Competition
Eligibility: High school student
Due Date: February 21, 2014
Topics: Climate change, global poverty, OR water sustainability
Awards: $250-$1,000

For more information, visit http://www.worldof7billion.org/index.php/student_video_contest 


FREE EVENT: Dislecksia: The Movie 

WHAT: Free screening of Dislecksia: The Movie

WHEN: Monday, January, 27, 2014 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

WJCT Studios
100 Festival Park Ave.

Please RSVP to nemoursbrightstart@neumors.org or call (904) 697-3118 for more information.

National Naval Officers Assoc. Scholarship

PTA Scholarship

Monday, January 13, 2014

THIS THURSDAY - Scholarship event with FAM!

Ladies - another one!There's one for you, too, gents!...$$$

FAFSA webinar full - additional webinar scheduled!

Just a quick note that Zinch's FAFSA webinar, scheduled for tomorrow at 7PM ET, has reached maximum capacity.

Therefore, they have added an additional webinar, scheduled to begin tomorrow (1/14) at 8:30PM ET . The sign up link for this webinar is the same: Zinch.com/webinar.

MLK Day of Service Projects

Saturday January 18, 2014
Program Kick-off begins with refreshments and inspiration at 8:00 a.m. the Jacksonville Children's Commission.

Join HandsOn Jacksonville and United Way of Northeast Florida for this special day of community service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Register here for one of these volunteer service projects:

Kid's Backpack Give Away

Neighborhood Clean-up

Global Peace Tile Project

Peace Garden Clean-up

Historic Preservation Project

RealSense Neighborhood Outreach

On Monday, January 20th we invite you to participate in these special MLK Day of Service projects too!

Beach Clean-up

Seaton Creek Historic Preserve Beautification

School Beautification at R.L. Brown Elementary

Teacher Supply Depot

KTAC Begins on Monday, Jan. 20th @ NEW LOCATION

We have a NEW location!   
Please join us for our five week art program at 
Brooks YMCA
10423 Centurion Parkway North
Jacksonville, FL  32256
January 20th, 27th, February, 3rd, 10th, 17th
Dinner starts at 5:30pm
Art Program 6:15pm to 7:30pm
with Art with a Heart
Open to all families who have a parent with cancer.  
KTAC supports children when mom or dad are facing a cancer diagnosis.
Please call 742-2916 to register for our groups or for more information. 
www.ktacjax.com for more information