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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Jan. 10, 201212:00 PM EST

Nonprofit CEO Showcase: Shannon Perry


President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida

To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

Serving Jacksonville
Our first club opened in 1966, as a part of the Boys Club of Jacksonville, and our administrative offices are based in Jacksonville.

Those served
We operate 14 clubs in Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties. Last year, we served approximately 3,400 children by providing after-school programs and summer camps. We accomplish our mission by using a selection of more than 40 national programs in five core program areas: (1) character and leadership development, (2) education and career development, (3) health and life skills, (4) the arts, and (5) sports, fitness, and recreation.

Biggest challenge
Reducing expenses without negatively impacting our quality of service to children in out-of-school time.

Biggest satisfaction
Encouraging children and employees to believe in themselves.

New Orleans, La.

First experience with community service
As a high school freshman, I consistently volunteered in the recreation department of a senior living community. I helped with a variety of assignments but loved calling bingo and leading wheelchair aerobics.

Your job before Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida
Deputy executive director of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission.

Upcoming events
We are planning a new, special event that will take place May 19. Please check our website for more details in the near future.

Contact information
[email protected]

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