April 17, 2018
The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the Florida State University College of Business, which acts as a resource to small businesses, has formed a Jacksonville Fellows Program.
Chad Corbitt, Bob Moore, Paul Martinez and Sarah Slettebo were named as inaugural fellows. They will assist small business owners and nonprofit leaders.
“We are honored to have such an esteemed and accomplished group of Fellows to contribute to the growth of our programs here in Jacksonville,” Stephanie Royal, associate director of the Jim Moran Institute’s North Florida Operations, said in a statement. “They provide a wide range of expertise, experience and leadership to the small businesses and nonprofit community.”
Corbitt is the chief operating officer of iMobile3, a software solutions provider, and offers expertise in software-as-a-service (SaaS). Martinez served as CEO of Martinez Advertising & Communications Group and worked with the City of Jacksonville in a number of capacities; he is currently the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida...
March 30, 2018
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida want to breathe some life into the old languishing Laurence F. Lee club building in Springfield.
The facility at the corner of Liberty and 10th served the community for 50 years.
But it has been vacant since the summer of 2015 after the recession and rising maintenance costs took their toll on the building, according to the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Committee.
“The goal of the new club is for it to be the coolest place for teens,” said Joanne Kazmierski, with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.
A complete renovation is in the works to transform the building into a multipurpose facility to serve area kids with after-school and summer programs. It’s going to be the community’s Citi Teen Center.
“One of our big focus points for this building, because it is geared toward teens, is to have resources that will teach skill sets that will help them in a job or career,” Kazmierski said in a news release. “That said, we not only view this facility as being for local teens, but the community will have access to basketball leagues, religious services, yoga, Zumba, bingo and more.”
The Boys and Girls Clubs is working with the city and a number of community organizations to take the project from concept to reality.
March 1, 2018
Project SOS, now a Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida program, surpassed its $200,000 fundraising goal at the New Orleans-themed Grand Anchor Gala held at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club on Saturday, Feb. 24.
The annual fundraiser celebrated 25 years of serving First Coast teens and raised money for Project SOS programs and new Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida facilities designed to assist the community. The two organizations merged in the summer of 2017...
After the live auction, Robbins returned to the stage to deliver a speech on the importance of protecting and investing in youth.
“Every year we have a reduction in teen suicides and that's extremely important to all of us because these are 100 percent of our future," Robbins said. “In 1993, [the drug culture] was pot, maybe cocaine and a lot of alcohol. Well, guess what? It has escalated to an unbelievable epidemic of prescription drugs, cocaine, heroin.”
Robbins said charitable organizations such as Project SOS are fighting to keep young people away from drugs by helping them deal with stress, anxiety and temptation.
February 13, 2018
Pam Mullarkey Robbins, founder and CEO of Project SOS, and Kevin Carrico, Vice President of Operations for Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, announce the upcoming Project SOS Grand Anchor Gala on Feb. 24. Proceeds from the event help fund the ongoing efforts of this combined organization as Boys & Girls Clubs utilizes Project SOS programming to influence and impact local teens. Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is also building new teen centers in Springfield and Arlington, expected to open fall of 2018 and fall of 2019 respectively.
April 5, 2018
On the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s death Wednesday, city leaders, community organizers, school children and residents celebrated the completion of a decade-long project designed to bring meaning to the Dr. Robert F. Hayling Freedom Park.
The green space set on a bluff overlooking the San Sebastian and Matanzas rivers was dedicated last year in honor of one of St. Augustine’s own leaders in the civil rights movement. Hayling, through his activism, was instrumental in bringing King to the city in 1964 — a visit many consider pivotal in pushing forward legislation that led to desegregation.
On Wednesday morning, the chimes project dubbed “Let Freedom Ring” was unveiled as a permanent art installation at the southernmost point of the park...
Beyond the 10-foot chimes is a marble structure that forms a semi-circular plaza that can be used as a sitting bench. It was designed by local sculptor Joe Segal. Etched into the surface of each of the granite tiles are drawings and messages created by students from The Webster School and the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida as well as incarcerated minors at St. Johns Youth Academy.
March 23, 2018
March 23, 2018
Teachers, students and community volunteers are taking time out of their spring break to build a playground for a local school in Arlington.
More than 100 volunteers got to work Friday at Arlington Community Academy setting up picnic tables, benches and an outdoor classroom. Students and parents were involved with picking the equipment for the playground that will be shared with the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida.
February 22, 2018
THE PLAYERS hosts business education forum at TPC Sawgrass, donates vans to Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida
THE PLAYERS served as the presenting sponsor for the MOSAIC Group's Training U: Sports and Business Education Forum Feb. 16 at TPC Sawgrass – the event saw over 150 local area high school students in lower socioeconomic situations learn about job opportunities in the sports industry...
Additionally, THE PLAYERS' Executive Director Jared Rice announced the donation of three new vans to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida. Students and their teachers then posed for a photo in front of the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse building to conclude the event.
February 19, 2018
BGCNF Hosts High Five Winter Games for 350 Youth
When school is out, our Clubs are IN!! Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida celebrated President's Day on February 19 with The High Five Winter Games field day. About 350 kids and teens from our area Clubs all came together for a full day of fun, games, sports, food, dance, and so much more! Thanks to all of our incredible staff and volunteers who helped bring smiles to so many faces.
February 15, 2018
The annual Grand Anchor Gala benefitting Project SOS is set for Saturday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, where event attendees will celebrate 25 years of the nonprofit organization’s efforts in serving First Coast teens.
“It’s going to be a wonderful, high energy, fun party,” said Pam Mullarkey Robbins, founder and CEO of Project SOS, who is retiring at the end of June. “We’re celebrating the great things the kids have done, the great decisions they’ve made.”
Robbins founded Project SOS 25 years ago when she felt compelled to help teenagers with goal setting, decision making, boundaries, bullying, avoiding drugs/alcohol and more. Since its inception, the organization has impacted the lives of 475,000 local teenagers across Northeast Florida through its in-school programming that focuses on healthy and unhealthy relationship skills, substance abuse, refusal skills for sexual risk avoidance, depression and suicide, social media and more.
February 2, 2018
Two area youth football coaches are boarding a plane for a free trip to Minnesota for the Super Bowl.
Just before the start of the playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and Jaguars, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presented coaches Rickie Simon Jr. and Tim Terry with tickets to the Super Bowl.
This gift is a thank you for the men work hard to be a positive influence for local kids. Simon and Terry make a difference in the lives of children every day with the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida.
When they were led onto the field that day, Simon thought they might get something like a T-shirt. They never thought they would be given the gift of going to the Super Bowl. So they are layering up to prepare for the cold Minnesota temperatures.
The surprise was nothing short of incredible. Two life-size tickets now decorate Simon's office.
January 18, 2018
MOD Pizza celebrated its first location in Jacksonville with a grand opening event Dec. 19.
100 percent of all pizza sales on opening day were donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida. The first 52 attendees were treated to one free artisan-style pizza.
MOD serves individual, artisan-style pizzas that are made on-demand in minutes using fresh-pressed dough and signature sauces. Customers can create their own pizzas and salads, using any combination of over 30 featured toppings, or they can choose from a menu of MOD classics for a fixed price of $8.17. The restaurant is located at 12547 Bartram Park Blvd in Suite 201.
79 First Coast children will have a brighter Christmas thanks to the kindness of others.
Parents and their children streamed into the WJCT studios Monday evening as The Harvey Bernhardt Foundation celebrated its seasonal tradition of Random Acts of Kindness.
The foundation, along with The Boys & Girls Clubs and Big Brothers, Big Sisters had quite the surprise waiting for the kids: brand new bikes for each of them from Academy Sports.
Foundation Chairman Westley Bernhardt said donors – many of them anonymous – made it all possible.
JU offers land, helping hands to launch new Boys & Girls Club
December 2017 - The latest component of a longterm Jacksonville University plan to help revitalize its Arlington neighborhood focuses on a four-acre piece of JU-owned land now occupied by only trees and litter.
But JU has leased most of the property to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida for a $2.5 million teen club, which will also function as a laboratory of sorts for various JU academic programs and as a community meeting place.
First Coast Connect: JU partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is partnering with Jacksonville University on a new 20,000-square-foot, $2.5 million facility near the school’s campus.
It’s a collaboration to help strengthen JU’s partnerships in the Arlington community. The university will lease the four-acre parcel across University Boulevard near Milne football field.
The Boys & Girls Club is expected to use about three acres of the land and eventually be able to serve about 100 teens on the campus.
Click below to listen to the interview with JU President Tim Cost and Boys & Girls Clubs President/CEO Paul Martinez
Jaguars Cornerback Provides Thanksgiving for Families in Need
November 2017 - In the spirit of the holiday season, Jalen Ramsey, of the Jacksonville Jaguars, provided Thanksgiving dinner for 20 families in need at the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida located in Springfield. Each family received a box filled with ingredients to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Tebow, other college stars roll up sleeves for Bridges Boys and Girls Club
October 2017 - The “cafetorium,” a multi-purpose meeting space in the Bridges Boys and Girls Club, got a facelift Friday afternoon, as more than 40 volunteers drilled, taped and painted the room.
But one local painter stole the show. When Tim Tebow surprised the crowd, paint brushes stopped rolling, drills were dropped and conversation stopped.
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Knee injury won't stop Jaguars receiver from helping Jacksonville youth
October 2017 - Allen Robinson, the top receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars who’s been sidelined as of late, will be out of the lineup for the year after suffering a knee injury in the first game of the season.
Jacksonville area Boys and Girls Clubs to open during school closures
September 2017 - Many community residents in Jacksonville and surrounding areas have suffered damage from Hurricane Irma that may take weeks to repair.
However, with the recent school closures, four Clubs within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida will open the doors September 14 and Friday, September 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hurricane Harvey supply drive at Journey Church Jax
September 2017 - As thousands of Texas residents emerged from shelters and motels to return to their flood damaged homes, Jacksonville Pastor Mark Dickerson had his own task underway, a supply drive, partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, to collect items for what’s to take place after the storm, clean up.
“GANGS CAN’T HAVE OUR KIDS!”
Mayor proposes funding to meet unmet afterschool programming needs
August 17 – Following continued discussions and collaborations with Duval County Public Schools, city council members, and providers, Mayor Lenny Curry has announced his commitment to supporting the unmet afterschool programming needs facing numerous communities. With his proposed recommendation to City Council of $2.69 million in additional funds, 21 sites throughout Jacksonville could now open, serving approximately 1,720 additional children.
Boys & Girls Club youth ‘spin’ their time for special Fidget Spinner Day
July 2017 - About 200 youth at the NFL YET Boys & Girls Club in Jacksonville’s Brentwood community spent an hour spinning the latest cool gadget, fidget spinners, on their fingers, foreheads, noses, knees, toes and elbows.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida to merge with Project SOS
July 2017 - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, which provides after-school programs, and Jacksonville-based Project SOS, a teen empowerment nonprofit, announced Friday that they will merge to better serve area youth.
Allen Robinson’s Within Reach Foundation hosts Back to School shopping for kids
July 2017 - As a part of Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson’s Within Reach Foundation to provide educational opportunities and resources to youth. Allen hosted kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida at the Academy Sports + Outdoors.
jackson visits boys and girls club
May 2017 - Jaguars defensive tackle spends time with Boys and Girls Club teenagers at the Microsoft Store at the St. Johns Town Center.
The Bridge of Northeast Florida to merge with Boys & Girls Clubs: ‘Two better than one'
May 2017 - The Bridge of Northeast Florida, which has served at-risk inner-city youth for 35 years, will merge operations this summer with Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.
Jaguars DT donates $5.3K for Woodland Acres Boys and Girls clubs upgrades
April 2017 - Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson joined children and staff from the Woodland Acres Boys and Girls clubs on Thursday to tour the facility and see new improvements.
Boys & girls club open house
March 2017 - On March 31, the Jacksonville Beach unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida celebrated the final day of National Boys and Girls Club Week with an open house at the 820 Seagate Ave., Jacksonville Beach clubhouse.
‘Money Matters’ program teaches teens financial literacy
Holly Tyrrell and Chriss Spires work for financial companies in the Jacksonville area, but at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, they come together as teachers of a financial literacy class for local teenagers.
Nourishing taste buds and the community
Jennifer Tesori announced to local Historic City News reporters today that members of St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association have presented $38,950 to the Boys & Girls Club of St. Augustine.
Officials mull changes to after-school program spending in Jacksonville
“We cannot turn our backs on high school students. We can’t just drop them off at the curb at high school,” said Paul Martinez, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida.
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Operation Elf spreads holiday cheer Jaguars style
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson hosted the second annual Operation Elf event Tuesday, where 30 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida received a new bicycle and autographed football.
malik Jackson donates ping pong tables to boys & girls clubs
You could say that Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson had ping pong on his mind Wednesday rather than football. Jackson and the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation celebrated the donation of 12 new ping pong tables at the Boys & Girls Club at 555 W. 25th St. The tables will be given to every Boys & Girls Club site in Northeast Florida.
Jaguars celebrate Thanksgiving at Boys & Girls Club
Members of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrated Thanksgiving early by sharing a meal with the kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida (BGCNF) Monday.
First Coast Connect: Jacksonville Teens, Nonprofit Launch tower gardens
The project is designed to get more teens involved in the community and learn about sustainability. It will launch on Aug. 15 on Woodland Acres.
$500,000 donation brings community closer to Jacksonville's first Boys and Girls Club Teen Center
The Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida is a large step closer to its first Teen Center, thanks to Citibank.
The banking company announced on Tuesday that it donated $500,000 for the center. Combined with two other anonymous donations of $1.2 million and $100,000 to the organization, Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida CEO Paul Martinez said it’s only $700,000 away from its $2.5 million goal to build the center.
Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of Year for Northeast Florida inspires young and old
Keith Gooch II is only 15 years old, but he already has a career plan and a backup career plan. In his free time, he helps younger kids steer their lives toward similarly productive futures.
That laser focus — and willingness to be a role model — was one of the traits that led the Beaches ninth-grader to be named 2016 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA WELCOME NEW PRESIDENT, PAUL MARTINEZ
The newly named president and chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida attended a Boys Club himself while growing up near New York City. Paul Martinez, 54, remembers playing bumper pool, ping-pong, dodge ball, whiffle ball and basketball at the Richmond Hill club from age 6 to 13. He also remembers learning how to “play nice and compete.”