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4/10/19: Emerald Trail; Sexual Assault Awareness; Introduce A Girl To Engineering

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Rendering of one portion of the Emerald Trail.

The Emerald Trail has just been an idea for decades now. However, it is finally on its way to becoming a reality, after the City Council approved a plan to build it within the next ten years. 

What will this mean for Jacksonville? Kay Ehas CEO, Groundwork Jacksonville, joined us for a closer look.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In Northeast Florida, a number of events are planned to drive awareness and action around the issue. Teresa Miles, Executive Director of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville; and Sarah Mannion, Board President, Women’s Center of Jacksonville, joined us with more.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

The University of North Florida will host Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day - which is presented by the Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering - this Saturday, April 13. Alexandra Schönning, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UNF, joined us to discuss it in more detail.

Credit The Giving Closet Project

The Giving Closet Project

It started out as a small volunteer project conceived by a Jacksonville teacher. But her idea - The Giving Closet Project - really took off, and is now taking clothes, shoes and jackets that were never claimed in school lost-and-founds, and getting them to kids who need them the most. Jennifer Smith, Founder of the nonprofit, joined us for a closer look.

Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.


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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?