Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Teens present large sum to Homeless Students

“I’m A Star Foundation” teen servant leaders presented a check for $30,000 to the Duval County Families in Transition Department, at the November 7th school board meeting.  “I’m A Star” teens raised the money through donations and their annual Jacksonville HELPS (Homeless students Empowered through Leadership, Partnerships and Service) Celebrity Basketball Game held in September.  See excerpt of game video HERE.

Since 2012, the Foundation has raised a total of $126,500 via live telethons, a 5K and four celebrity basketball games— donating all funds to the Duval County Families in Transition Department for homeless students. Out of the total amount raised, I’m A Star Foundation has awarded 20+ scholarships to homeless students entering college.

I’m A Star Foundation is a volunteer program that transforms middle and high school students into the next generation of servant leaders.  An acronym for “Smart, Talented And Resilient” students, the Foundation draws kids ages 13-18 from schools across Duval County.  Students meet on weekends to creatively co-work on solutions to problems affecting their peers.  Since its establishment in 2010, the organization has maintained a 100% graduation rate.  Founder and Executive Director Betty Seabrook Burney is a former Duval Co. School Board Chairwoman.  I’m A Star Foundation students have been featured in various press outlets, including: Florida Times-Union,
Around Town With Ms. “V”, ABC7Chicago and The Huffington Post. For more information, please visit “I’m A Star Foundation

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