Jacksonville HELPS

About Us

Academic success for young people is a part of the student leadership training offered by the I'm A Star Foundation based in Jacksonville, Florida. Our foundation provides the training that helps today's young people learn to become leaders in their schools and in their communities.

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The Betty Burney Empowerment Hour Radio Broadcast

Listen to the Betty Burney Empowerment Hour: Saturday from 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. WCGL 1360. Listen online: http://tunein.com/radio/WCGL-1360

To hear the best of broadcast click on the link below

Students' Service Learning Projects:

Contact us to obtain additional information on these innovative and creative opportunities.

I'M A STAR Projects

  • Jacksonville HELPS ( Homeless Student Project )
  • 2009 Student and Prevent Empowerment Conference
  • Leadership and Service Learning Bootcamp Cohorts
  • Bullying
  • School Violence
  • Teenage Suicide
  • Suicide Prevention for Students
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Teen Dating and Violence
  • Body Image
  • Divorce
  • Loss of Parent
  • Military Deployment
  • Finance/Unemployment
  • Healthy Lifestyles ( Exercise and Healthy Eating )
  • Let's Move Jacksonville
  • Addressing Food Deserts
  • Community Gardens 

IF THESE CHAINS COULD TALK 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O32WNGw6d9s&feature=player_embedded

Betty Burney's volunteer efforts in the Duval County Jail culminated in a nationally recognized book of letters from teenage inmates (ages13-18) incarcerated as adults. The young inmates wrote letters to inspire, motivate and encourage students, parents, and teachers, the faith community, and the community-at-large to help teenagers avoid the criminal justice system.

The book has a standards based curriculum that is available for use as a supplement for middle school Language Arts courses.

Contact Betty Burney for a highly engaging and interactive multi-media presentation . . . 

  • Watch the book come alive for students in your schools of youth groups.
  • Watch teachers, parents and community leaders gain keen insight on ways to prevent the school to prison pipeline

CLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BOOK

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE BOOK

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT

EDUCATION CONSULTING PRODUCTS

From Disengaged to Empowered

Bottom line for every school district: Increase graduation rate and decrease drop out rate.

A middle school or high school student's decision to not attend regularly, to misbehave, or to expend low effort are all consequential behavioral indicators of a student's disengagement from school and thus might be strongly predictive of a student's decision to drop out. Most of the students who eventually drop out begin disengaging from school long before they actually drop out. The transformation from 'Good to Great' necessitates an understanding of the magnitude of student disengagement, (especially in middle school) and its impact on student achievement. Disengagement also plays a significant role in (a). driving the nation's graduation rate crisis and (b). kick-starting the school to prison pipeline.

WE CAN HELP YOU TRANSFORM STUDENTS FROM DIS-ENGAGED TO EMPOWERED! 

CLICK HERE TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON:

  • In-school suspension programs
  • Parenting sessions
  • Wrap-around services
  • Dropout prevention strategies
  • Stemming the 'School to Prison' Pipeline
  • Creative reading strategies for struggling readers

 

Speaking Engagements

Betty Burney would like to speak to your youth organization and in your community's school system. She is more than willing and able to train students, as well as teachers. Get in touch with our foundation to book Betty for a speaking engagement or to receive more information on her book, If These Chains Could Talk.
 

Jacksonville HELPS - Coming Soon

The Jacksonville HELPS project is coming soon to help the 1900 students in Duval County Public Schools. A telethon, a 5k walk/run, and celebrity basketball game. Get in touch with our foundation to learn more about this program, make a donation, or to volunteer your services for this worthy cause.

Contact us in Jacksonville, Florida, for more information about our motivational speaker
and the programs our foundation has to offer to empower students to graduate.

Jacksonville H.E.L.P.S. (Homeless students Empowered through Leadership, Personal commitment and Service) is a city-wide initiative that provides resources, services and funding to homeless students.  

The 2013 Jacksonville HELPS Initiative was an enormous SUCCESS !

CLICK HERE to view video of the Student Led Initiative

                         

      


There are over 1,900 homeless students in Duval County Public Schools:

Click on the pictures below to see the stories of 2 homeless teens

                             

 

      View pIctures of this exiting event !!!       

I'm A Star collected hundreds of items from the Wish List to provide to homeless students. Thanks everyone for their contributions.

    The Celebrity Basketball Game Was Power Packed ! NBA Hall Of Famer Artis Gilmore coached the celebrity team.

To make a contribution to help homeless students

 

Contact us in Jacksonville, Florida, to find out more about our foundation's student motivational training and student empowerment programs.