Fifth Make a Difference! Leadership Academy class convened

IMG_6054The fifth Make a Difference! Leadership Academy class began in January 2015, preparing another set of local residents with the knowledge and skills to become community leaders.

The Make a Difference! Leadership Academy is an effort to train grassroots leaders the was borne 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 sixteen-week course covers topics such as: What is Infant Mortality, Historical Foundation of Health Disparity, Leadership Styles, Community Values, Ethics, Team Building, Problem Solving, Effective Meeting, Roberts Rules of Order, and Community Action Planning. It also includes several educational field trips.

The current cohort of 14 community members will present their Community Action Plans at the Leadership Academy graduation May 13, 2015.

For more information, contact Marsha Davis, Magnolia Project Community Development Director at 904.353.2130 x1002