Community group mentors, motivates kids growing up in NW Jacksonville

The Association For Change honored with Positively Jax Award for May

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Association For Change helps tutor, mentor and motivate youth people in Northwest Jacksonville. They provide free daily tutoring for children between the age of 7 and 17.

"Before, I couldn't read, and now I can read," said fifth-grader Kay'lin Hunter Smith. "I'm doing better in school and now I know I'm going go to the sixth grade."

The association was started to address violence in that part of town and is trying to change the lives of the youth in Jacksonville by recreating the family unity and communication.

"This program is designed to keep children off the streets, find them something to do and the tools to do it with," Senior Executive Director Anthony Stinson Sr. said.

The group offers jail tours and free community events to motivate children to stay out of trouble and make something better of their lives.

"I wanted to do something that would help children," Stinson said. "Everybody can be smart and get a degree and everybody can move on in this world by getting an education."

For its work helping challenged children in our community, Association For Change was honored with the WJXT and Awesome Nissan's Positively Jax Award for May.


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