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Welcome to JASMYN!
Last year, more than 600 young people relied on JASMYN for support
20% of them were experiencing homelessness
And Jacksonville young people are right in the middle of a resurging HIV epidemic
In our safe space, we provide wrap-around support that meets young people where they are
Now we need your help!
We're renovating a building on our campus to serve as a daytime resource center for young people most at risk:
Safety Net Resource Center,
Washers and Dryers,
and showers for everyone!
A healthy JASMYN is a healthy Jacksonville
Vote for JASMYN!
Since 1994, JASMYN has provided safe space, support, and leadership development for youth ages 13-23 who face family rejection, bullying, homelessness and other risks based upon their orientation or gender identity. Safety-net support includes comprehensive, wrap-around case management, linkage to medical care and housing services, and even hot meals and a community food pantry. Annually more than 600 young people visit our Youth Center and over 700 visit our Clinic. We also support Teen Health Clinics and after-school programs in partnership with Duval County Public Schools.
The young people we serve face some tough realities:
Mission: JASMYN supports and empowers LGBTQ young people by creating safe space, providing health and wholeness services, and offering youth development opportunities, while bringing people and resources together to promote equality and human rights.
JASMYN provides LGBTQ+ young people ages 13 - 23 with the services they need to affirm their identity, overcome obstacles, and thrive as young adults. JASMYN's campus in Brooklyn/Riverside includes:
A healthy JASMYN is a healthy Jacksonville! And we know housing is prevention for so many of the physical and mental health challenges youth face when they are without shelter. Our wrap-around support model encompasses meeting each young person where they are, and customizing the response to support their health and wholeness today and for the future.
Through the incredible support of local philanthropists, a third building behind our existing campus has been donated to support the young people we proudly serve. As there is not a day shelter in our town for folks experiencing homelessness, young people in temporary shelters have nowhere to go during the day but the streets. With your help, that will soon change! We plan to renovate the donated building to meet the basic daytime needs of young people who find themselves without safe, permanent housing.
Youth will have mailboxes of their own, document lockers to store identification, private showers and laundry room, a kitchen where volunteers will serve hot meals daily, new counseling rooms for one-on-one services, and space for an expanded team of case managers to work with the 200+ young people who are housing insecure that we serve each year. While they are here, a visit to our health clinic will provide them with nurse triage to primary care and behavioral health support, harm reduction sexual health education, HIV counseling and testing, and so much more.
Through an expanded partnership with the Youth Crisis Center, an overnight shelter with up to 14 beds is being renovated for stabilization support while permanent housing is secured. Our case management team will ensure youth navigate all available support safely, with an eye on safe, stable housing within 45 days of intake. With your help, we can reach "functional zero" youth homelessness in Jacksonville by 2020!