by Carla Jones and Karen Varga-Sinka – I’m A Star Foundation and 100 Black Men of Jacksonville have partnered together to operate the new 100 STARS Teen Center on Moncrief Road. The Center will offer programs to transform disengaged students into leaders, empowerment workshops to reduce bullying and crime, culinary arts, tutoring, technology, job training and more.
As part of their 2020 Black History Month Celebration, the local Coca-Cola bottler, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida) has donated laptops to be used in the new center. Locally owned, locally managed and locally operated, Coke Florida has three community pillars, Education, Economic Empowerment and Sustainability. The Company has a history of supporting education through technology donations such as the laptops that were donated. Their statewide Black History Month program focuses on creating shared value through education, ensuring inclusiveness and supporting economic empowerment.
Coke Florida donated seven laptops to be used in the new 100 STARS Teen Center, and five laptops to senior high school students in I’m A Star Foundation. I’m A Star servant leaders Naiylah Prier, Bria Myles, and Leilani White accepted their laptops at the ceremony. Recipients Jordan Brown and Robbi Jones were not in attendance. For more visit www.imastarfoundation.org