by Lynn Jones
Councilwoman Joyce Morgan-Danford is on a mission to continue reaching out to the neighborhoods she represents through a series of community meetings focused on various topics including the youth of the district.
On the first Monday after winning her reelection campaign, Councilwoman Morgan-Danford held a town meeting at Terry Parker High School and remarked, “We have many guests to meet tonight but I quickly want to say thank you to District 1 voters for allowing me the honor to continue serving you four more years. I am humbled.”
Morgan-Danford has been hosting meetings throughout Council District 1 focused on connecting with the young people in the community. “Summer is fast approaching and I don’t think we should leave anything to chance when it comes to our youth,” said Morgan-Danford.
Monday was a chance to hear from the young adults and inform them of the various opportunities available to them this summer. From the city’s summer jobs program to the various summer camps and other initiatives supported by the city, young adults will have numerous options.
Attendees were able to hear from various organizations, including the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and school officials on how to succeed in and out of the classroom. Duval Schools Superintendent Diana Green attended the youth forum and expressed the district’s commitment to partnering and supporting the summer jobs initiative.
Guests asked if there are enough jobs available for the number of students interested and if any special skills were required to perform job tasks. Another key discussion during the meeting was the dialogue on how students believe the district could foster the relationship between young people and law enforcement.
The next District One Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 29th, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Lions Club, 6523 Commerce Street. For more info call (904) 630-1674.