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November 11, 2012

The Impact of Impact Jax Education Initiative

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Impact Jax Education Initiative

Impact Jax Education Initiative

The Impact of Impact Jax Education Initiative

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember,
involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

Impact Jax Education Initiative the first of its kind has
made significant strides in creating a mentoring program
that involves young professionals throughout
Jacksonville, Florida. The goal is to collaborate with
young professionals of various professions to become
involved in schools in the Duval County
Public School system as mentors.

The Impact Jax Education Initiative is not a duplication
of any other mentoring program, but a unique entity that
will provide workshops to students at Robert E. Lee High
School, on subjects that range
from social interaction, social media, personal finance,
writing, and other educational and social disciplines that
students will use as they transition from high school to
higher education.

“True education does not consist merely in the acquiring
of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in
the development of character.” David O. McKay

The selection of Robert E. Lee High School was done
with planning, academic need of students, administrative
support and the school’s reputation of innovation as the
first national model for original college ready early
programs where students can earn a AA or AS college
degree before graduating and earning a high school
diploma. Lee is also a Magnet School under the leadership
of Principal Dr. Denise Hall a veteran administrator in
Duval County Public Schools. Lee High School is not
just an educational institution of academic focus, but
understands the holistic approach to education and
family involvement.

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to
be kindled.” Plutarch

The participants of Impact Jax are “fired up” to be the
best mentors that will provide support and encouragement
to the students that need that extra voice of encouragement,
students that need an ear of listening and words of wisdom.

Participants of the Impact Jax Education Initiative are:

Sarita Fleurantin (Altria Group Distribution Company)
Erin Davis
Laura Weiss (Teach for America)
Michael Doyle (Nova University)
Samantha Kelly (Chase Bank)
Kemal Gasper (Urban Trust Bank)
Gayle Jones (CSX)
Teneshia LaFaye (Author/Blogger)
William Jackson (Duval County Public Schools & JCCI Forward)
Ciara Walton (American Lung Association) (not pictured)

The Vision and Mission of Impact Jax Education Initiative

If other young professionals are interested in participating as
mentors with the ImpactJAX Education Initiative please reach out
to Laura Weiss at

Additional Photos Available:

Impact Jax – My Jax Chamber
3 Independent Drive Jacksonville, FL 32202
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

Impact Jax Facebook


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