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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

03/31/16: Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center; Jacksonville Urban League; Local Poetry; Kerry Speckman

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Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center

The Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center recently released its latest three year data trends report, "See the Change: Girls' Juvenile Justice Trends on the First Coast."

The report is a significant look at juvenile justice in this area, especially when it comes to the unfair way the system often treats teenage girls.

We discuss the latest trends with Lawanda Ravoira, president and CEO of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, and Vanessa Patino, vice president of research and planning.  

Dr. Barbara Guthrie, Professor and Director of  the PhD program at Northeastern University School of Nursing, also joins us.

Jacksonville Urban League

Small business owners can get empowered for success through the new Entrepreneur Program courtesy of the Jacksonville Urban League.

This is everything from free professional coaching, to financial & credit literacy education and technical assistance.

Small businesses have until the end of June to take advantage of this opportunity.

We discuss the new program with Dr. Richard Danford, president of the Jacksonville Urban League, and Mary McPherson, owner of Mary's Full Service Realty.

Poetry

Jacksonville authors and poets Sharon Scholl and Bonny Sanders join us with a preview of their new volumes of poetry. April marks National Poetry Month.

Kerry Speckman

And TheSpecktator.com blogger Kerry Speckman stops by with a look at events happening around town this weekend.

Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.