JASMYN breaks ground on new campus for LGBTQ youth

JASMYN breaks ground on new campus for LGBTQ youth

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.JASMYN, Jacksonville’s LGBTQ+ Youth Center, broke ground Wednesday at 10 a.m. and announced its new construction project that will complete the organization’s campus.

The non-profit announced it raised more than $1.6 million for the Safe Place Campaign and will complete its final expansion.

The new space for LGBTQ youth will be:

  • an expanded health clinic (triple the space!)
  • a “rain or shine” outdoor classroom and entertainment space that connects the three-building campus with a shared backyard
  • a meditative Zen garden, where youth can take a moment to deal with what’s happening in their lives—or a difficult diagnosis
  • additional office space for the growing staff of mental health counselors

“This expansion is a testament to the thousands who have walked through our doors feeling alone, misunderstood and rejected but who emerged with a clear understanding of their own self-worth and the confidence they needed to succeed and be everything they could be,” JASMYN said.

JASMYN is a non-profit, youth-centric organization supporting LGBTQ+ youth through health services, housing supports, student opportunities and community engagement. Young people learn leadership skills, risk reduction, and advocacy for themselves and their community.

Design renderings for JASMYN campus expansion. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

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