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Hometown 505

On this episode of Hometown, the TAILS program matches local shelter dogs and inmates for training and rehabilitation. Family Foundation’s 1000 in 1000 program develops personalized strategies to help the working poor escape poverty. And local musician Monique Mancera performs her song, “Know Where to Go”. But first, We Care’s Beaches Health and Wellness program partners with local organizations to …

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WJCT’s American Graduate Champions 2016 – Lynn Sherman

Lynn Sherman serves as director of community engagement at Baptist Health where she leads community benefit initiatives that are designed to develop strategies to improve the health and quality of life for families. Under her leadership, the nationally recognized Tipping the Scale Mentoring Adolescent Advocacy and Intervention Mentoring Program has touched the lives of more than 1,500 teens and received …

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WJCT’s American Graduate Champions 2016 – Rachel Rippey, M.S.

Rachel Rippey, M.S., is the project coordinator for Project Achieve, an inclusive higher education initiative for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Florida State College at Jacksonville. FSCJ is a member of the Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education (along with University of Central Florida, Florida International University, and University of South Florida, St. Petersburg), which coordinates state-wide efforts …

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WJCT’s American Graduate Champions 2016 – Travis Pinckney

Travis Pinckney is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and founder of the College R-E-D culture. Ten years ago Travis was filling buckets of water from his church for he and his mother to take a bath, earning poor grades in high school, and entrusting drug dealers as his mentors. He made a sharp turn when he saw his close mentor go …

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WJCT’s American Graduate Champions 2016 – Ronnie King

Ronnie King is certified software engineer and owner of Scratchwerk, LLC, which provides Java development and staffing services, as well as personalized training for entry-level programmers. King is an active community volunteer and is currently the Vice-Chair for the Board of Library Trustees. As co-founder of the MyVillage Project and the MyVillage Project Community Fund, King is helping to bring …

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WJCT’s American Graduate Champions 2016 – Amy Buggle

Amy Buggle founded DLC Nurse & Learn in 1989 as a child care center to serve children with disabilities and medical complications. DLC now provides year round education, nursing care, and therapies to children of all abilities, giving them and their families the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. More than 140 children each year attend the inclusion preschool, after-school …

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Christa Fatoumata Sylla

Christa Fatoumata (fah-two-mah-tah) Sylla (see-lah) is a Pan African Dance Instructor who empowers women through music, dance and spirituality.

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Gwynne Mims

Local entrepreneur Gwynne Mims Minter shares the journey of her namesake salon, Gwynne Mims.

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Sally Ann

Jacksonville based designer Sally Keiser shares the story of her mobile fashion truck turned brand, Sally Ann.

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Mermaid Coral Beth

Beth Sullivan represents Florida and Mexico as Mermaid Coral Beth, a professional mermaid teaching kids to use their talents to positively impact the lives of others.