The members of One Achord believe the music that declares the Glorious Name of God can shine light on the amazing work that is done for future generations in our Jacksonville community. One Achord is about changing the lives of our children and those within our community. To that end, we have partnered with seven local charitable organizations that serve the children and families in our city; proceeds from ticket sales and donations will help these groups continue their important work.
American Civility Association
American Civility Association eliminates dangerous school cultures by teaching kids to “See…Learn…Live” Kindness. ACA provides neuroscience evidence-based kindness literacy programs for, during, and after school hours and through community kindness events. When we practice gratitude and kindness we open our brains to learning and live healthier lives.
Our programs include teacher and parent/guardian training components, with priority given to schools with discipline challenges and learning environments with bullying and other dangerous behaviors. Outcomes produced Safer School Cultures and Improved Learning Environments reporting up to 80% improvement in disciplinary behaviors including bullying, 47% improved learning gains, and attendance improved 35%. And here’s why the hedgehogs –
We all want to be precious like a hedgehog, not prickly like a porcupine. Our programs include Precious NOT Prickly (elementary kindness training), Operation Hedgehog (teen kindness training), and K-club (after school acts of kindness developing applied good behavior). For more information about the Americans Civility Association, visit them at www.americancivility.org.
The greatest influences in our schools today are the men and women with the title “COACH.” They are the focal point on any campus. Coaches are role models for hundreds of kids each day. Thus, these men and women are the mission of the COACHES HONOR ministry.
This ministry has grown to encompass more than just coaches. We have a vibrant and thriving women’s ministry across the First Coast, with 5 different Bible study times and locations. The men’s staff also do Bible studies with men who are not coaches, but have influence in their businesses, homes, and communities. The heartbeat of COACHES HONOR is to share the Good News of the Gospel with anyone and everyone. Due to the nature of our relational ministry, we continue to grow outside of just schools and campuses.
For more information about Coaches Honor, visit them at www.coacheshonor.org.
Foster Closet enables foster caregivers and children, to “shop for free” for gently-used clothing, shoes, books, toys, baby necessities, furniture, and other items. We provide families with immediate support donated generously by our community. Caregivers are also offered healing and restoration through a monthly Parent’s Night Out as well as Support Groups. Foster Closet’s Pathway program helps teens 18 – 23 years old in Extended Foster Care and the Independent Living Program. The Pathway program helps by providing and delivering necessities to start life on their own, including furniture, kitchen supplies, and other household items.
Founders Tammy and John McGuire were foster parents and advocates for 15 years in Duval County. The McGuire family has cared for over 61 children in their home. They have two grown biological children and in April 2016 lovingly adopted a brother and sister they were fostering. The McGuire’s have witnessed firsthand the challenges of the foster world. Tammy has become a foster community advocate and developed a dedicated network of volunteers. In October 2009 Foster Closet became a 501©3, and each year Foster Closet helps over 800 foster children in northeast Florida.
Foster Closet is a nonprofit organization that is volunteer-run and supported by individuals and companies in our community and all proceeds directly benefit children in foster care and the young adults in the Pathway program. Thank you for your time and consideration. It’s donors like you who make what we do possible by investing in these precious lives.
For more information about Foster Closet, visit them at www.fostercloset.org.
Since 2004, the mission of the Kairos Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.
Kairos is one ministry with three programs:
- · Kairos Inside serves incarcerated men and women living in prison.
- · Kairos Outside reaches out to the women outside whose lives have been impacted by incarceration.
- · Kairos Torch encourages young men and women to share their life journey and change behavior through participation in a long-term mentoring process.
Kairos Outside is a 2 ½ day Christian weekend designed to demonstrate God’s grace and love through Christian support in a safe environment with loving people. Women interact with other women from similar situations and learn to form support groups for the challenges they face. Spouses, parents and relatives of the incarcerated often “do time” right along with their loved ones. It is important for them to know that they are not alone, and that there is a Christian community that cares. For more information about Kairos Outside, visit them at www.kairosoutsidenefl.org.
Live For Today
“Live for Today Foundation’s mission is to help young adults diagnosed with cancer and young adult cancer survivors by providing life-changing experiences, fostering community support, and promoting healthy living. A cancer diagnosis during crucial and challenging time of young adulthood (ages 18 – 39)
can interrupt school, relationships, careers, getting married, and having children and, for some, may mean fighting cancer with young children at home.
We work to inspire these young adult cancer patients and survivors to focus on living, not cancer. The Life Adventure Program offers young adult cancer patients the opportunity to experience adventure and affirmation of life during or after treatment through a wish-granting experience. The Member Support Program creates space for community to grow through group events every 4 – 6 weeks (ranging from going to a Jaguars game together to surf lessons, ice skating, etc.) and offers support through mentorship. The Healthy Living Program encourages the health and wellness of our members during and after treatment. Since 2013 Live for Today has served over 130 young adult cancer patients and survivors, whose average age of diagnosis is 23, amassing over 25,000 volunteer hours served while granting 25 Life Adventures, hosting 53 group events, 20 healthy living events, and coordinating 22 hospital visits. For more information about Live for Today, visit them at www.live-for-today.org or www.facebook.com/LFTFoundation.
North Florida School of Special Education
25 years ago, North Florida School of Special Education opened its doors inJacksonville, Florida. A group of parents dreamt of a better learning opportunity for their children with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. Out of that dream, North Florida School of Special Education was brought to life. Over the 2016-2017 school year, we celebrate the Power of 25 and reflect on all that we have achieved together over the past 25 years.
At NFSSE, our students follow a different developmental path, and we are dedicated to forging ahead with them. By combining quality academic and classroom instruction with vocational training, job coaching, enrichment studies and social skills instruction, NFSSE sets itself apart as the premier learning environment for students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities in Northeast Florida.
For more information about North Florida School of Special Education, visit www.northfloridaschool.org
More than 8 years ago, Jacksonville Young Life answered God’s call
to run headfirst into the chaos of teenage motherhood with the hope of Jesus … and YoungLives was born. YoungLives are in Jacksonville and the Beaches and building capacity to expand into Clay County.
YoungLives has never wavered from the original vision to reach teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be. Through YoungLives time-tested methods and life-on-life mentoring, teen moms are empowered to make positive choices, set and achieve goals, and live a future rooted in Christ. There is a place for YOU in YoungLives! There are many ways to get involved: mentor, committee member, financial partner, childcare volunteer and so much more. For more information about YoungLives, visit them at jaxmetroyounglives.younglife.org.