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News & Notes from JASMYN                                                                           April 2015


Cindy Watson
Executive Director


Dan Merkan

Director of Evaluation and Technology

Emily Rokosch

Director of Operations


Angela Strain

Director of Development


Sabrina Cluesman

Assistant Director of Services


Tim Jefferson

Assistant Director of Programs


MJ Cranston

Testing Coordinator


L. Bradley
Case Manager 


Princess Burch

Case Manager


Toni Liggins

Case Manager


Riece Hamilton

Case Manager for Homeless Youth


Heather Loran

High School Teen Clinics Manager


Ace Canessa

Student Support Coordinator


Edmon Galloway

Outreach Specialist


Jensen Lindquist

Outreach Specialist


Evelyn Wilkinson

Finance Manager

Board of Directors

Bruce Musser


Dr. Jim Crooks
Vice Chair 


Tina Wirth



Barbara Drake



Edi Castro


Dr. Afesa Adams


Gregory Foster, Esq.


Dr. Holly Hamilton


Justin Lombardo


Gerry Orton


David Rinzler


Dr. Tom Serwatka


Lori Shad


Billy Wells


Josh Zmroczek


JASMYN Properties Board
  David Rinzler


Bruce Musser
Vice Chair 

Barbara Drake

Cindy Watson

Edi Castro

Jimmy Midyette, Esq.

Dr. Jay Dutton 


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"Warm the House Party" Ushers in a New Era for JASMYN


JASMYN turned an important corner at the end of February when the community came out to help us "Warm the House"  by funding finishes and furnishings for our expansion into "JASMYN 2," the building next door to the original JASMYN House. Our new campus now encompasses both buildings with joined backyards. The new building allows us to expand the HIV/STI Clinic, add case management and counseling offices, create  new common area for youth and community training and activities, and much more.


Because everyone was so impressed with the transformation of the building and with the impact the new facility will have on our youth and programs, our guests stepped up to the plate in a big way! We are almost at our goal--so close we can feel it. With funds yet to raise for some additional furnishings, ADA access ramp, new decking for the front porch, our food pantry and more, we are reaching out to the community with one last push to take us over top. 


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Many, many thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us and to our many donors and supporters, not the least of which are Drs. Paul Schilling and James Dutton, who purchased the building and donated it to JASMYN. We are changing the future for LGBT youth in Jacksonville thanks to all you do for JASMYN today.



Strides for Pride, presented by Chase, is so much more than a family-friendly community event that benefits JASMYN. It's also a fun series of activities and celebration parties leading up to - and following - the event itself! And we would like to see you turn out for all of them! 
Alewife on Park

April 2nd

5:30 - 9:00 PM

1035 Park Street

Jacksonville, FL 32204

Strides 5K & 1 M Fun Run

Presented by Chase
April 18th 

8:00 AM - Noon

Riverside Park

Onsite Registration opens at 7 AM

10:00 AM - ?
2670-7 Rosselle Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!
April 10th is 
National Youth HIV & AIDS  Awareness Day
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic.

Today's young people are the first generation who have never known a world without HIV and AIDS. In the United States, one in four new HIV infections is among youth ages 13 to 24. Every month 1,000 young people are infected with HIV and over 76,400 young people are currently living with HIV across the country. 

In Florida, 16% of all new HIV infections reported in 2014 were among persons under the age of 25. A total of 3,768 persons aged 13-24 were living with HIV disease through 2013, as of 06/30/2014.  More than 300 (8%) of this total live in Duval County.

While there has been much talk about an AIDS-Free Generation, we know that is not possible without our nation's youth. Young people and their allies are determined to end this epidemic once and for all and this day is a way to acknowledge the great work young people are already engaging in to do so.

JASMYN has been providing comprehensive HIV prevention services for LGBT youth since 1998.    We offer free, youth-friendly, HIV testing services, and provide wrap-around case management to help HIV+ youth get linked to medical care and other services.  Our youth leaders speak out often about the impact of HIV on their lives and their community.  We are working to help our LGBT youth get to an AIDS-free generation.
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