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April 23rd, 2015


Save the Date May 21, 2015! JASMYN is participating in Give OUT Day. Give OUT  day is the national day of giving for the LGBT community. For 24-hours, the LGBT community and allies from accross the country will be raising critical funds to support LGBTQ nonprofits. JASMYN is participating this year, please help us reach our goal of $6,500 for one year of hot meals at the JASMYN house for youth 13-23.

Who Can Participate? Everyone who supports LGBTQ nonprofits serving our community across the United States can make their voice heard and their dollars go to work right in their own hometown. This is the first year we are participating – help put Jacksonville on the map!
What? For 24 hours, JASMYN will engage with Jacksonville on social media, in live events, and with the support of the community to raise funds to support hot meals and our community food pantry.

How? Visit our official Give OUT Day page on May 21st and follow the link to Give OUT Day, and make a secure donation.

For more information contact JASMYN’s Director of Development, Angela Strain at (904) 389-3857 or email astrain@jasmyn.org

February 25th, 2015

Register Today for JASMYN’s 4th Annual Strides for Pride 5k Run/Walk

Sponsored by Chase
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Riverside Park
7:00 AM: Registration
8:00 AM: 5K run/walk starts
8:15 AM: 1 mile fun run starts
Register today!

If you are you interested in forming a TEAM for this year’s event, all it takes is a team leader and three of your friends! You will also receive a discount in registration!
Click here to register your TEAM!

Strides for Pride Sponsor Packet 2015 are still available for this year’s Strides for Pride. For information contact Emily Rokosch at erokosch@jasmyn.org or call 904-389-3857 ex 206

Join the Strides for Pride Committee at AleWife in Riverside on Thursday, April 2nd from 5-8PM. The first 10 people to register for Strides at AleWife will get $10 off race registration!!!

January 8th, 2015

Help Us Warm The New House!

Click here to help support!

Through the amazing gift and support of benefactors Dr. Paul Schilling and Dr. Jay Dutton, JASMYN will be expanding its services and capacity to reach more youth in 2015! JASMYN House #2 – right next to our current location – is being renovated to provide desperately needed space to better serve our community.

Save the Date Sunday February 22,2015 for our housewarming party! More information will be available soon or contact JASMYN’s Director of Development Angela Strain at astrain@jasmyn.org

December 1st, 2014

Thank you for all you do!

To all JASMYN friends, sponsors, supporters, alumni and volunteers:

2014 has been a year of remarkable growth, unexpected blessings and celebration as we commemorated our 20th year of serving LGBTQ youth. A whirlwind of activities, events, programs and services helped us positively impact the lives of teens and young adults more than ever before.
We can’t begin to thank you all for your trust and belief in JASMYN and its place in the Jacksonville community. We have been thrilled to raise more funds from more people than ever before in our history. We have received important grants that have allowed us to expand HIV testing programs, provide additional support to GSA’s (Gay-Straight Alliances) in Duval County schools and underwrite a fund development position and strategic planning process. We’ve had greater and broader sponsor support a

nd volunteer engagement has never been as extensive and committed as it was this year.
Most notably, we were incredibly fortunate to receive a gift of the building and property next door to the current JASMYN House. Once renovations are completed by the end of the year, we will have the additional space we desperately need to accommodate our growing staff, expanding services and youth activities.
Words can’t begin to express our appreciation to you all. You eagerly pitched in to help at every turn, in so many ways. In this, our 20th year, you really showed up for us and our youth–especially last week when we held our 20th Anniversary Celebration with 300+ of you at the Cummer Museum and Gardens. We will be forever grateful.
From everyone at JASMYN, we wish you and your families a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. We hope your holiday season is filled with peace, joy, love and equality for all.

Cindy Watson, Executive Director   Bruce Musser, Chair –  Board of Directors
The JASMYN Staff   – The JASMYN Board of Directors
October 13th, 2014

Celebrate 20 Years With JASMYN!

JASMYN will be celebrating a major milestone on Saturday, November 15th at our 20th Anniversary Celebration sponsored by Citi Bank at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens from 7pm-11pm. It will be a night to celebrate 20 years of outstanding accomplishments, hear success stories and to thank the community for their continued involvement as we look to JASMYN’s future.

JASMYN’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, November 15th
The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
6-7PM VIP party
7-11PM 20th Anniversary Celebration
Purchase tickets today!
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Thank you to our Title Sponsor

July 21st, 2014

JASMYN Receives an AMAZING Gift: The House Next Door!

On July 15th, JASMYN became the recipient of a generous donation from Dr. Paul Schilling and James Dutton of Vilano Beach. The pair has purchased and donated the building next door to our current JASMYN House building on Peninsular Place to meet our critical need for additional space. The gift includes a portion of the costs associated with the building’s repair and renovation.

“After 12 years in our current location, the number of youth we serve has grown exponentially and we have literally outgrown the building, “said Cindy Watson, Executive Director. ” We have immediate needs for more program areas and desperately need additional space to accommodate our increased counseling staff and growing HIV Clinic. The additional building will allow us to dedicate space for these and other services.”

Bruce Musser, JASMYN Board chair, explained  that the additional building is the first major step to help the organization function optimally while its Board continues with a planning and expansion process it began more than a year ago. “Paul and Jay really understand our immediate needs and ultimate goals. They hope to support us with an eventual capital campaign that will provide the space we need to truly expand for the future. ..space that will provide for our youth programs and services as well as gathering space for use by the community for other programs and events. We are so grateful for their belief in us and for sharing our vision,” said Musser.

“JASMYN is a warm and caring organization providing advocacy services to the at-risk and vulnerable LGBT youth of Jacksonville,” said Schilling and Dutton in a statement.  “Their commitment to support and empower LGBT youth is remarkable.  This donation represents a celebration of their 20th anniversary and we see it as a strategic step in JASMYN’s future growth. We’re so pleased that this building provides the segue they need to move them closer to launching  a capital campaign.”

We’re expecting work on the additional building to be completed by late October. In the meantime, we’re busy planning how the space in each building will be used to optimize the staffing, programs and services for our youth.  ”One thing’s for sure,” said Watson, “all of the additional space will get filled quickly.”

Join us at our 20th Anniversary Celebration! Saturday, November 15th 2014 at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens!

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May 21st, 2014

Save the date for this year’s production of the Coming Out Monologues

Jacksonville’s production of the Coming Out Monologues’ (COM) is community inspired, community created and community led.COM is comprised of monologues created by actual community members telling their ‘coming out’ stories, but it does not stop there – these might be stories of falling in love, falling out of love, deciding to start a family…all told within the context of LGBT lives and experiences.  Coming Out Monologues symbolizes transformation through storytelling for our community and creates points by which we can connect with each other. Be a part of this change you seek by becoming involved in this social change theater experience! All proceeds benefit Local Jasmyn and PFLAG organizations.

June 27 & 28, 2014
WJCT Studios
100 Festival Park Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Check them out on facebook and purchase your tickets today!

April 28th, 2014

JASMYN’s Prom is Friday May 9th!

January 22nd, 2014

Are You Ready for the 3rd Annual Strides for Pride 5K Run/Walk

You will not want to miss the 3rd Annual Strides for Pride 5K Run/Walk benefiting JASMYN on Saturday April 19, 2014 in Riverside Park.
Register today! JASMYN is turning 20 this year and we will be celebrating of 20 years of SUPPORT, ADVOCACY, PARTNERSHIPS and HARD WORK for LGBT Youth at every event!

Since the Inaugural Strides for Pride in 2012 over 800 people have come out in support for Jacksonville’s LGBT community.  JASMYN is dedicated to the health and well-being of our community’s LGBTQ youth. JASMYN works throughout the year to provide safe space, support, HIV prevention & education, leadership development and safety net services for LGBTQ young people under the age of 24 in Northeast Florida.

Strides for Pride is a special opportunity for the business, education, nonprofit and other communities to come together and unite for a day on behalf of our LGBTQ youth. In addition, it offers meaningful sponsorship opportunities to businesses and individuals wanting to take a leadership role in providing support for JASMYN and Jacksonville’s LGBT community.


DON’T MISS OUT ON THE AFTER THE RACE PARTY @ Bold City Brewery!! Starting immediately after the awards until 1:00 PM.
For information on how you can Stride for Pride contact Emily Rokosch at erokosch@jasmyn.org or call 904-389-3857 ext 212.

December 3rd, 2013

Attention Students! What Would Your Gay Straight Alliance Do With $250?!

Attention all high school and middle school students! Does your school have a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) or similar school club? If YES – JASMYN has an amazing opportunity for you to complete the project you have always wanted to do, or host the event you have dreamed of, make a difference in your school, and raise awareness around LGBT issues and more!

Here is the deal. JASMYN is giving out TEN $250 scholarships sponsored by the Chartrand Foundation to local GSA’s or similar student clubs for the 2013 – 2014 school year! Imagine what your club can do with $250!!! Time is limited and so are the scholarships. Click here to check out the application and be sure to submit the application by MONDAY, JANUARY 6th at 5:00 PM to our Student Support Coordinator, Jardyn Lake at jlake@jasmyn.org or call 904-389-3857 ext. 209 with questions about the application!