Jacksonville Children’s Commission

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall joins us to discuss the proposal by Mayor Lenny Curry to merge the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and Jacksonville Journey (01:12). We learned the history of Jacksonville’s Manhattan Beach from The Beaches Museum’s Brittany Cohill (16:58). Local author Ron Whittington told us about his new book, “Free Surface Effect” (36:52), and Wayne Wood from the Jacksonville Historical Society talked the organization’s photo contest (44:34).   

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The city of Jacksonville is revamping its after school and summer camp options after a two-year study.

State attorney-elect Melissa Nelson ousted incumbent Angela Corey in a landslide last month. On Monday she joined Melissa Ross to talk about the transition and what we can expect from her office when she takes over in January. We also heard from Dr. Nima Aghaebrahim from Baptist Health about recent progress in the treatment of aneurysms. Jon Heymann, CEO of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, talked about programs available to local youth and the Timucuan Parks Foundation told us about a fundraiser to mark the centennial of the National Parks Service. 


The Jacksonville Children’s Commission is asking people to step up and become mentors.

The nonprofit organization is facing a shortage of grown-ups who want to help kids.

The gaps in Florida's mental health care system are laid bare in the experiences of Sean Harriford and his family, detailed in the Florida Times-Union this week. We discuss their story and the state's treatment system with Florida Times-Union reporter Derek Gilliam, Sean's brother Jonathan Harriford, and Mental Health America of Northeast Florida director Denise Marzullo.

US Department of Agriculture

On Tuesday, Florida kicked off its annual Summer Food Service Program in Jacksonville. The program provides free meals and snacks for underprivileged children.

The Jacksonville Children’s Commission is inviting children in need to get free lunches while they’re out of school.

Many children are in need of food during the summertime. Jacksonville Children’s Commission Spokeswoman Lavetta McCoy says the commission provides them with nutritious meals.