Mission: JASMYN supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people by creating safe space, providing health and wholeness services, and offering youth development opportunities, while bringing people and resources together to promote equality and human rights.
Target demographics: LGBTQ young people ages 13 - 23
Programs: The hiv prevention program including street smart, crcs, hiv testing, std clinic and outreach to high risk population serves 300 youth annually. The leadership and youth development programs including drop in, support groups, and other groups and activities serve 300 youth annually. The safety net program, including case management for homeless and high risk youth, referral and linkages for hiv+ youth, food pantry and risk counseling serves 30 youth annually.
JASMYN has been serving youth in Jacksonville for over 20 years! Our city is one of the largest without any local protections for LGBTQ citizens in jobs or housing, and has one of the highest HIV infection rates in youth! JASMYN meets kids where they are, no judgment, just a safe space, amazing staff who know how to connect with the kids, and programming and services to address the very serious issues some of them face daily. On top of all of the serious work they do, JASMYN throws some incredible parties, like the Alternative Prom, and helps the youth nurture their creative and leadership sides, too! I am proud to give my time and money to an JASMYN, and I can tell you that, for all the fun, I know they treat my gifts with the care and professionalism!