News & Notes from JASMYN                                                                  September 2015

Board of Directors

Bruce Musser


Dr. Jim Crooks
Vice Chair 


Gerry Orton 



Barbara Drake



Dr. Afesa Adams


Edi Castro


Gregory Foster, Esq.


Charles Garrison


Dr. Holly Hamilton


Kelly James


David Rinzler


Dr. Tom Serwatka


Lori Shad


Billy Wells


Veronica Wilson


JASMYN Properties Board
  David Rinzler


Bruce Musser
Vice Chair 

Barbara Drake

Cindy Watson

Edi Castro

Dr. Jay Dutton


Jimmy Midyette, Esq. 



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


Cosmos Cranston

Testing Coordinator


Bradley Landon
Case Manager 


Kaitlyn Dulmes

Patient Navigator


Toni Liggins

Case Manager


Heather Loran

High School Teen Clinics Manager


Ace Canessa

Student Support Coordinator


Edmon Galloway

Outreach Specialist


Jensen Lindquist

Outreach Specialist


Evelyn Wilkinson

Finance Manager


We Appreciate Our Sponsors 

Upcoming Events

September 26, 2015

October 3, 2015

October 4, 2015

October 16, 2015

2nd Annual 
JASMYN House Ball
"Battle for the Thrown"
For Youth ages 13-23
October 17, 2015
Cork Arts District
2689 Rosselle St.

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In This Issue
Kevin Jennings - Keynote Speaker for the  Coming Out Day Breakfast  ComingOutDayBreakfast

7:30 AM
Herbert University Center
12000 Alumni Dr, Jacksonville, FL 

We are really excited about the keynote speaker at this year's Coming Out Day Breakfast!  Kevin B. Jennings, Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, has made a long and distinguished career as an educator, social justice activist, teacher, and author.

He served as Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education in the Obama Administration, heading the department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools where he led the Administration's anti-bullying initiative.  

Kevin began his career as a high school history teacher and coach in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. During this time he served as faculty advisor to the nation's first Gay-Straight Alliance, leading him in 1990 to found the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national education organization tackling anti-LGBT bias in U.S. schools, which he led for 18 years.

Don't miss the Breakfast, where Kevin  will talk about strategies to address bullying in schools and the challenges still faced by LGBT and questioning youth. As a national leader, Kevin's perspectives on LGBT students and the international LGBT movement for equality will be informative and inspiring.

This event has grown significantly over the past several years and we expect another sellout crowd this year. Reserve your ticket or table today.  

A few sponsorships are still available, but you'll have to hurry! The cutoff date for sponsorships is October 1st. To learn more, contact Angela Strain.

Florida has one the highest incidences  of new HIV infections in the country. And Jacksonville leads the state in the number of new cases reported each year. 

T he largest percentage of new infection in Jacksonville occurs among youth, ages 13-24. And at JASMYN, we work hard everyday to make sure our youth are educated, informed, protected and supported.

For these and so many other reason, JASMYN will proudly participate in the First Coast AIDS Walk and we would love for you to come out and join us! And it's FREE!

First Coast AIDS Walk
Saturday, September 26th
Riverside Avenue Christian Church
2841 Riverside Avenue
9:00am : Registration and Rapid HIV Testing
10:00am : Walk Begins
11:00: Celebration of Hope Block Party

Experience PRIDE with JASMYN  RiverCityPride
Fall in Jacksonville means River City Pride! And JASMYN is going all out to celebrate!

Plan to march in the Pride Parade with our friends, supporters, staff and youth. We're planning an amazing float and expect to turn heads throughout the parade route! 

The next day, at the Pride Festival, JASMYN will have a table with lots of information about resources available to youth and their families. You will even be able to purchase some JASMYN-branded merchandise that you can wear proudly all day and for many days to come! 

So mark your calendars and plan to celebrate with us! Volunteers MUST sign-up in advance. Register to volunteer by emailing Angela Strain.

River City PRIDE Parade
Saturday, October 3, 2015
4:00 - 8:00pm
The parade begins at Boone Park and travels up St. Johns, McDuff and Park ending at 5 Point in Riverside. It will be immediately followed by the Block Party being organized by the 5 Points Merchants Association.

River City PRIDE Festival
Sunday, October 4, 2015
11:00am - 8:00pm
Riverside Arts Market (Under the Bridge)
MUSIC! ENTERTAINMENT! FOOD! GAMES! Bring your family, your friends and your pets! It's going to be a great day with something for everyone!

Want more PRIDE info? You can find it here.

Awesome Youth Event Coming in October! JASMYNHouseBall

We are looking for sponsors for this event. 
Contact Angela Strain for details.