Piggybacking off its success in Tampa, Florida, organizers of the Cuppa series has brought the informal discussion think tank to Jacksonville. Dubbed Cuppa Jax, attendees meet monthly on a designated Wednesday to enjoy a small breakfast, coffee and here a featured speaker of community restraint followed by an open Q&A session. Attendees from politicians and advocates to the community at large also have the opportunity to introduce themselves and share any announcements they would like to make, while the rest of the time is spent with discussion of issues brought up by the participants.
Operation New Hope President Reggie Fullwood was the recent featured speaker who dialogued on his resume of being the youngest person ever to be elected to the Jacksonville City Council and representing Florida State District 13 to having to resign from office due to legal issues. With his humble attitude Fullwood began a rewarding position as the first Program Director for the agency’s nationally recognized Ready4Work reentry initiative, providing support and training for people with a history of involvement with the criminal justice system.
Members of the intimate audience ask questions ranging from Biden’s recent pardoning of marijuana offenders to how can the business community become more receptive to returning citizens. He also shared insight as to how his nonprofit works one-on-one with the homeless as well to help them restart there lives.
“Everyone deserves a second chance,” said Fullwood.
Cuppa Jax forums are not membership based, costs cover coffee and breakfast and the highlight of interacting with actual business minded community executives.