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November 7th, 2018

Thanks to Everyone Who Gave on Giving Tuesday!

There’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and then #Giving Tuesday! We’re 94.5% of the way to our $1,000,000 #AIDSFreeJAX campaign goal and need your help to raise our final $27,000 by December 1, 2018 – World AIDS Day. Your #GivingTuesday donation gives JASMYN the ability to provide services aimed at reducing new HIV infections among young people throughout the North Florida community. We also help young people already living with HIV to connect with and remain in care that will improve their quality of life. Our goal is to make sure our LGBTQ young people become the first #AIDSFree generation!

Every dollar will be generously matched by the Delores Barr Weaver Fund. You can join us on #Giving Tuesday or make your gift now to be a partner in this amazing initiative. The 3-year #AIDSFreeJAX campaign ends on December 1. Give now to double your gift! Thank you for your help in stopping the HIV epidemic in its tracks!

To learn more about #AIDSFreeJAX, visit


August 7th, 2018

Thanks for being part of a great day!

12th Annual Coming Out Day Breakfast

Friday, October 19th, 2018
7:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
225 E Coastline Dr
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Event parking available in the Hyatt garage on Newnan Street

General Information:

The Coming Out Day Breakfast and Awards brings together people from small business, corporate, nonprofit, educational and professional communities that are active in supporting LGBT equality.

Keynote Speaker:

Darnell L. Moore

We are proud to announce that writer/advocate Darnell L. Moore will be our keynote speaker. With a theme of “Partnering to Empower Youth,” his personal experience and body of work will resonate with our young people as well as our audience. Mr. Moore’s advocacy centers on marginal identity, youth development and other social justice issues in the U.S. and abroad. He is a Senior Editor at MicNews, Co-managing Editor/Partner at The Feminist Wire and the author of “No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America,” a book he believes can help other young people in the same situation to save themselves from the suffering and trauma that he experienced as a child. Don’t miss Darnell Moore’s presentation! Please join us on October 19th!

Individual Ticket Information:

Individual tickets are $50 and we only have a limited number available.  Purchase your tickets now before they sell out!  If you need a vegetarian or kosher meal, please put that in the comments. Purchase Individual Tickets

Sponsorship Opportunities:

This year’s breakfast will be our largest yet!  Download information on becoming a sponsor by clicking here: 2018 Coming Out Day Breakfast Opportunities.

June 13th, 2018

New Prism Board Elected

Thank you to the new leaders of the JASMYN Prism Network. They will head up service, networking and fundraising projects for a full year with alumni and young professionals. After providing a meal at Drop-In in the Youth Center, the growing membership met at Crispy’s Springfield to approve the slate and begin organizing for 2018/2019.

Pictured below with outgoing inaugural chair Amy Glassman are:

  • Kyle Enriquez, Chair
  • Kaci Krstich, Chair-Elect
  • Jordan Bailey, Membership & Outreach Chair
  • Alesia Washington, Social Media & Communications Chair

To learn more about the JASMYN Prism Network, visit


April 29th, 2018

2018 JASMYN Prom at MOSH!

The 18th Annual JASMYN Prom is offered FREE OF CHARGE to young people ages 13-23 and JASMYN Alumni, thanks to Amazing Sponsors: Citi, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and The Museum of Science and History.

When? Friday, May 18th

Time? 7 – 11 PM

Where? The Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle Drive, Jacksonville FL 32207

Theme? Hollywood – Awards Show – stroll the red carpet to the pop of paparazzi


February 1st, 2018

Ready to Stride for Pride?

NEW Route for 2018! The 7th Annual Strides for Pride 5K will be held on Saturday April 28, 2018. The course begins and ends in Riverside Park and loops through Riverside, making a pass by the JASMYN campus, and will feature the gorgeous St Johns River this year, too!

Strides for Pride brings the LGBT and Ally community together to support Jacksonville’s youth. This is a FUN and EXCITING race for all skill levels. Be a part of it, and bring your family and friends to cheer participants along!

Registration is now open for the 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk.

Looking for a way to engage the more than 1,000 runners and hundreds more supporters for your business, club, or restaurant? Check out opportunities for sponsors!

Want to volunteer? Email Liz Nolan (lnolan@jasmyn.org) to let her know!

Visit the event page on Facebook and let folks know you’re Striding for Pride!

And Team Fundraising is LIVE! Check out the captains competing for the top spot, or create your very own Virtual Running Team – no sweaty brow required!

December 28th, 2017

You Can Open Doors in the New Year

With partner agencies across the region, we are hoping to end LGBTQ+ youth homeless by 2020. It’s a tall order, but working together, each agency will bring their expertise to the table. JASMYN’s unique specialty is meeting every young person right where they are. We apply solutions as unique as each youth to build resilience, no matter what barriers they face.

JASMYN’s new Safety Net Resource Center will open even more doors for each young person who finds their way to JASMYN with no other place to go. With your help, campus renovations will add a laundry room and private showers, a kitchen for hot meals, mailboxes for each young person receiving housing support, and counseling rooms.

Give securely online today, or check out others ways to support JASMYN young people on our website. No matter how you give, we are grateful to be working with you to open doors for young people experiencing homelessness.

November 21st, 2017

#Grateful – Largest Breakfast to Date

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 11th Annual Coming Out Day Breakfast our best yet!

Just over a month ago, Nearly 600 folks joined us to honor the companies and organizations that are making Jacksonville a safer and more inclusive place for LGBTQ+ young people. Take a look at some of the folks who helped make it special in our photo album – tag yourself, your company, and your friends!

During the program, we also heard from young people experiencing homelessness and from experts working to solve it. In reviews of the day, the video was judged the most memorable part of the program. It is now uploaded for viewing online, and we are excited to share the link below. Click on the image below to open the video on our YouTube channel:

October 17th, 2017

SOLD OUT! 11th Annual Coming Out Day Breakfast

Coming Together…Opening Doors

Friday, October 20th, 2017
7:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

Special Entry Instructions: While the Hyatt continues to recover from Hurricane Irma, the special event / ballroom level is open! Please enter from the 2nd floor of the Newnan garage. No entrance through the main level lobby is available at this time.

Should you or your guest with mobility challenges need access to the event floor via elevator, look for the Hyatt staff / security on the ground floor, who will assist you in accessing the building.

General Information:

The Coming Out Day Breakfast and Awards brings together people from small business, corporate, nonprofit, educational and professional communities that are active in supporting LGBT equality in 2017. All proceeds benefit JASMYN’s work with youth experiencing homelessness, surviving family rejection, living with HIV/AIDS, or working to become a leader of their generation.

Special thanks to the Host Committee, chaired by Hugh Greene of Baptist Health, for their dedication to supporting this event and the young people we serve.


Keynote Speaker –  Dr. Jama Shelton

Dr. Shelton is an Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York. Previously, Dr. Shelton served as the Deputy Executive Director of the True Colors Fund. In this role, Dr. Shelton was engaged in systemic change efforts directly informed by years of direct practice experience. Having worked in the areas of clinical practice with LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness, as well as program development, evaluation, research, technical assistance and training, Dr. Shelton brings a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing both LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and also the service providers with whom they work.  Most recently, Dr. Shelton co-edited the peer-reviewed text Where Am I Going to Go? Intersectional Approaches to Ending LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada and the US, published by the Canadian Homelessness Research Network Press.

October 4th, 2017

GSA Student Leadership Retreat

Leading a GSA at your school, or hoping to get one started? Spend a weekend in the woods with JASMYN!

When: November 3 – 5, 2017

Ages: 13 – 18

Cost: Successful applicants attend at no cost! Transportation, accommodations, meals, and program provided, thanks to the generous support of our friends at the Chartrand Family Fund and other sponsors.

Program: This annual gathering of students from all over Duval County and surrounding areas that are active in their Gender and Sexuality Alliances, or similar clubs, or youth interested in starting a club. During this weekend retreat youth attendees will participate in several workshops, break out groups, camp fires, and a talent show (optional). The workshops topics for this year will include:

1) Sexual Health Justice and your GSAs: Filling in the Gaps, What you didn’t Learn in School.
2) Social Justice and GSAs: School to Prison Pipeline, Know your Rights!
3) Social Justice and GSAs: Anti-Oppression 101/102- How to Talk About the Hard and Complex Stuff in Your Clubs
4) Gender 101 for your GSA (lead by JASMYN GSA summer interns)
5) Next Step Action Planning & Retreat Wrap up

Limited spaces are available – Application Deadline: October 13th! Email acanessa@jasmyn.org for more information and an application.

The accommodations are large cabins with bunk beds, private bathrooms, small kitchenettes, and shared common space.

Questions? Call Ace: 904.389.3857, ext. 207

May 3rd, 2017

2017 Alternative Prom

Young people ages 13-23 and JASMYN alumni are invited May 12th at 7 PM to Prom.

Thank you to all the incredible sponsors, volunteers, and donors making the 2017 Alternative Prom possible! We are especially grateful to the Museum of Science & History, serving as our host again this year, and to presenting sponsor, Citi!

Youth Council chose the theme, “Gothic,” and our decorators and volunteers are hoping to live up to their vision! If you are interested in volunteering, contact: lnolan@jasmyn.org.