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The talents of teens in foster care; Young Advocates for Racial Equality; What's Good Wednesday

Family Support Services, in partnership with the Performer’s Academy, presents its 12th Just Like Me showcase, entitled “Ignite the Flame.” 

The event highlights the talents of teens in foster card. It's scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Jacksonville Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium.

We get a preview from Amelia Stapleton, a foster parent who has had several teens in the Just Like Me camp over the years; Jenay Collings, a former youth in care with Family Support Services and a Just Like Me alumna who now works for The Performers Academy/Just Like Me; Kathryn McAvoy, executive director of the Performers Academy; and Maria Oxford, manager of independent living and youth well-being for Family Support Services.

'The Freedom Ride'

“The Freedom Ride,” presented by the Young Advocates for Racial Equality, just opened at Yellow House. It is an exhibition of images and words, including both visual artists and poets. 

Hope McMath, founder and director of Yellow House, and Niveah Desir, youth poet and co-curator, tell us more.

What's Good Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for our midweek look at what’s good here on the First Coast. Today we have Chris Boivin, assistant director of community relations and marketing at Jacksonville Public Library, and
Michael Wiley, mystery writer and host of tonight’s Lit Chat.

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Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where, as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter, @rroguski.