Monique Burr Foundation


Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with local civil rights activists Ben Frazier and Wells Todd about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund investigating how Jacksonville police hand out tickets for jaywalking (01:00).

We spoke with Jacksonville’s Director of Neighborhoods Stephanie Burch and Director of Blight Initiatives Denise Lee on the upcoming Neighborhood and Community Summit (30:26).

We heard about the upcoming A Night at Roy’s to raise funds for the Monique Burr Foundation with Program Director Stacy Pendarvis (38:18).

Cole Pepper talked about a busy week for the Jaguars and the latest regarding the Armada (46:00).

Today on “First Coast Connect,” we heard legal analysis of a federal lawsuit filed by a transgender student against the St. Johns County School District from attorney Mike Freed (01:09). Monique Burr Foundation Program Outreach Manager Joni Shook (29:44) talked about the new program Summer Safety Matters. And local activist Matt Killen (40:08) gave us a preview of a new event called Clean City Saturday. 


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The Monique Burr Foundation for Children announced a new program Wednesday to teach students in grades six through eight how to identify and prevent sexual abuse.

Former Republican Governor of Massachusetts and current Libertarian vice presidential candidate William Weld joined host Melissa Ross to discuss the campaign. The Friends of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas, or GTM Reserve, are hosting its annual “Oceanwise” awareness event Saturday, we heard from Executive Director Ellen Leroy Reed. Monique Burr Foundation executive director Lynn Layton discussed its upcoming Real World Safety Conference. Father Kick Louh and choir director Maria Chrissovergis of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church spoke about their 100th anniversary in Jacksonville and the church moving to a bigger location on Beach Boulevard. We also heard from Matt Hovde, director of the Second City and Slate collaboration “Unelectable You” coming to the Florida Theatre.  

As the U.S. works to normalize relations with Cuba, we speak with John Caulfield, retired American diplomat and former Chief of Mission with the US Interests Section in Havana, about what we could expect in the coming months in years for the island nation. As Havana’s senior U.S. diplomat, Caulfield achieved agreements on immigration, environmental protection, civil aviation and cultural exchange; championed the aspirations of ordinary Cubans to increase their political rights and economic opportunities in a difficult environment.  

As the nation marks Child Abuse Prevention Month, several Northeast Florida organizations, including the YMCA, the Monique Burr Foundation, the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and WJCT, have partnered to form the Darkness to Light Stewards for Children Coalition. The group is working to train 50,000 adults to develop the skills to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. We speak with Tammy Miller, VP of Risk Management, and Linda Burr, Lead Trainer, for YMCA of Florida’s First Coast.