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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 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

June 1st, 2017

JASMYN Prism Network Launched

Are you a young professional or JASMYN alum aged 25 – 40 who would like to connect, network, and increase your engagement with JASMYN? A terrific group of activists, volunteers, and supporters is formalizing a Young Professionals and Alumni chapter just for JASMYN! The chapter bylaws were drafted by a task force over several months in 2016, and were approved by the JASMYN governing board earlier this year. An annual membership fee of $30 includes an entry to #StridesForPride. Want to learn more?

JASMYN Prism Network Bylaws

If you are ready to join, please complete the JASMYN Prism Network Membership Application 2017 and email to Karen C. Dixon:



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:

January 12th, 2017

Teaching Respect for All 2017 Conference

Calling all teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators! Join JASMYN and Gender Spectrum for the 9th Annual Teaching Respect for All Conference. Thanks to incredible supporters, admission is complimentary, but registration is required!


November 2nd, 2016

You’re Invited: 2016 Gathering in Gratitude

To all the incredible volunteers, friends, supporters, and alumni of JASMYN – we are so grateful for you! Please join us for a family-friendly reception

Saturday, November 5th

3 – 5 PM

Bottega di Bella Sera

919 King St, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

Valet Parking Available!

Tickets are not required, but RSVPs are requested – please register here! Our host – Catering by Liz – is preparing a fantastic selection of unique hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic fall beverages; your response will help in planning.

This Special Reception honors Volunteers, Supporters, JASMYN Alumni, and Young People Advancing to Young Adulthood (Blasting Off!) from the JASMYN House in 2016.

This event is made possible by Presenting Sponsor

Additional support from:

Wells Fargo, Drs. Barry Stevens and Rori Stevens, and Catering By Liz

May 18th, 2016

10th Annual Coming Out Day Breakfast

Featuring Keynote Address by Sarah McBride, Activist & National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
University of North Florida, University Center

Tables are available with Sponsorship; limited individual tickets are also available online.

April 18th, 2016

Seeking an AIDS-Free Generation

Thanks to the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Jacksonville, every donation to JASMYN’s #AIDSFreeJAX campaign will be matched dollar for dollar! Show your support today: donate here on our secure server – any amount will make a world of difference.

To date, through this campaign, JASMYN has already added one full-time Case Manager to our team to help newly-diagnosed young people learn to manage their healthcare and access evidence-based solutions to better outcomes, along with a full-time Health Navigator who helps get young people to the doctor and allied health appointments that keep their treatment plan on track. Learn more about the campaign, and get involved!