Make a Difference! Leadership Academy

“Before I leave this world – I want to make a difference. . .This has given me something to fight for again.”

– Dale, graduate of the “Make a Difference” leadership academy pilot


An effort to train grassroots leaders was born out of the Make a Noise! Make a Difference! community education and awareness campaign to improve black infant mortality in Jacksonville. The goal of the Make a Difference! Leadership Academy is to support the efforts of local residents to make changes in neighborhood factors that contribute to disparities in health and birth outcomes.

The Leadership Academy is a key component of the life-course framework. Its goal is to change the trajectory of a community through the individuals trained and assisted in the development of a Community Action Plan. This plan outlines a specific project to move a community to action.

The Academy is 12-16-week course that includes classroom education, guest speakers and field trips. For more information, contact Cathy Dupont at