Fresh Futures students Win Recognition

Two of our Fresh Futures students have recently received recognition in a big way, and we are really proud of them.

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Jordan Mills was one of 100 students from around the country selected for the Disney Dreamers Academy, sponsored by Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine. The Jean Ribault High School sophomore got to spend four days at Disney World in Orlando in March, meeting with Harvey, enjoying the resort , participating in a parade and receiving mentoring in graphic design and communications, part of his chosen career field.

Mills says that meeting with Steve Harvey was great. “He brought all the students into the room, no media, no parents, no cameras. He talked to us about life choices and being mindful of the decisions we make. He was fun. He actually used some words that I probably would get in trouble for using. It was funny, but overall, he made sure we got the message that he was talking about.”

Asia Duncan

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Asia Duncan, a sophomore at First Coast High School, has been selected to attend the National Academy of Future Physicians in Boston, Massachusetts this summer. She wants to be a cardiothoracic surgeon, and says her career path was inspired by watching “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“Surgery is cool to me,” she says, “opening up someone’s chest, having the opportunity to save them, being the last hope they might have.” Duncan is a straight-A student and is most excited about getting to view an actual open-heart surgery when she is Boston. She is working to raise money for her travel, and so far has raised $865 of the $2000 she needs.

Both students are in their second year in the Fresh Futures program, and each credits the program with much of their success.

“I’ve learned life lessons, of course, hands-on learning experience and of course got my first job,” says Mills. “I was a party coordinator at Pump It Up (party coordinators). I actually want to work at Pump It Up again.”

“Fresh Futures gives me opportunities that I normally would not be able to take on,” says Duncan, whose internship last summer was with the Florida Department of Health. “I hope to work in a clinic this summer.”