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2022 Awardees

Special musical performance by Don't Miss A Beat students during the awards ceremony.On Wednesday, March 29, 2023,  Mayor Lenny Curry announced the 2022 recipients of the Mayor’s Strategic Partnerships Initiative Award at at an awards ceremony in the St. James Building - Jacksonville City Hall. Awardees were selected by an independent jury panel and presented to three Jacksonville partnerships for completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in collaboration with community partners including philanthropy and local, state, or federal government.

This annual recognition award highlights strategic partnerships that have transformed the relationship between sectors and led to measurable benefits for low-and moderate-income individuals and families. The 2022 Awardees created cross-sector partnerships to increase the quality of life for the most vulnerable in our community by investing in efforts within the following community goals areas: equitable and shared prosperity, quality education, health and wellness, and food security and nutrition. Click here to learn more about the Partnerships Award.

Congratulations to the 2022 Awardees - Don't Miss A Beat, the Duval Safety Net Collaborative, and Early Learning Coalition of Duval -  for creating innovate solutions and developing strategic partnerships. Nonprofits play a critical role in the vibrance of a community, and the City of Jacksonville is proud to partner with these nonprofit agencies to create better outcomes for Duval County residents. ​​Click here and see below to learn more about the 2022 Awardees and their initiatives.

2022 Awardees -Don't Miss A Beat representatives accepting award from Mayor Curry.

Don’t Miss A Beat (DMAB) – DMAB Community Art Center Initiative (click here to view flyer):

They were selected transformed the City’s J.S. Johnson and Edith Brown Ford Community Centers into community art campuses that immerse youth from the Riverside, Brooklyn, and Woodstock communities in the arts. This exposure to the arts improves a child's lifelong outcomes, which includes increasing the likelihood of students graduating from high school and finishing college. Click here to visit DMAB's website to learn more about their organization.

Duval Safety Net Collaborative representatives accepting award from Mayor Curry.Duval Safety Net CollaborativeJaxCareConnect Initiative (click here to view flyer)

JaxCareConnect is an innovative initiative created by members of the Duval Safety Net Collaborative, which include Agape Family Health, Community Health Outreach, Mission House, Muslim American Social Services (MASS), Sulzbacher, Volunteers in Medicine, and WeCareJax. This initiative streamlines the healthcare journey for patients and leverages shared partner resources for true collective impact to ensure every resident of Duval County has access to high-quality, comprehensive healthcare – regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Click here to visit JaxCareConnect's website to learn more about this initiative and the Collaborative. 


EEarly Learning Coalition of Duval representatives accepting award from Mayor Curry.arly Learning Coalition of Duval (ELC of Duval) - No Kid Hungry Birth to Five Initiative (click here to view flyer)

ELC of Duval was selected because of their successful delivery of critical resources to address childhood hunger in Duval and the increased demand for food services in response to COVID-19. Through cross-sector partnerships, they collectively served more than 1,000 of Jacksonville’s hardest to reach and youngest children and their families. Click here to visit ELC of Duval's website to learn more about their organization.


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