For the past year when you hear about the Eureka Gardens apartment community, it is accompanied by crime statistics and unflattering remarks uncharacteristic of a stellar city. Last weekend that stereotype became a adjective of the past when Mayor Alvin Brown led the city’s Renew Jax initiative and hosted a community empowerment event at the apartment complex. The event was part of the city’s broader efforts to renew Jacksonville neighborhoods and improve citizens’ quality of life.
More than 250 participants attended the event, which featured community resource providers that offered health care sign ups, youth program registration, financial literacy and tax preparation information, and more. There was also fun activities for the children, including bounce houses and crafts.
Mayor Brown led the youth present in a pledge to become “Community Champions”, by being responsible, respectful and kind.
“As a champion, these kids are promising to do their very best to help their communities, their families and themselves succeed,” said Mayor Brown. “It is great to see so many young people stepping forward to be good stewards of their neighborhood.”