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Metrotown & LOUD Programs Are Currently Being Planned For 2022-2023

OneJax Metrotown Application: Coming Soon

OneJax provides youth initiatives that serve the communities by providing the opportunity for future leaders to elevate their levels of awareness and understanding of difference while providing opportunities for them to participate in community-building. All of OneJax's youth programs are linked together under the umbrella of services called OneYouth - Different Together. Each program allows them to explore more deeply the benefits of becoming part of a change that will improve our community.

OneYouth Programs

Diversity Education

Diversity Education is a youth-centered program for middle school and high school students. The program provides a safe environment to engage in the topics of bias, bigotry and stereotypes along with their effects, discrimination, racism and bullying. The 90-minute program focuses on building cultural competency with an interactive and open dialogue approach. Pushing the envelope on perception versus reality and shattering tired myths, the participants gain new understanding, respect and appreciation for the differences in each other.

Sandy Miller Metrotown Institute

Sandy Miller Metrotown Institute is an intensive multi-day experiential diversity program that promotes interracial, inter-religious, intercultural dialogue, and community building for Jacksonville's middle school and high school students. Metrotown is a powerful experience that impacts all who participate. Held multiple times during the year, participants come together to take part in group experiences & activities, facilitated discussion sessions and individual reflection. Sessions are led and facilitated by professionals who specialize in diversity education, community-building, experiential learning, youth leadership development, counseling, gender equity and inter-religious studies. Youth are challenged to engage in facilitated discussion on topics of bias, bigotry, discrimination and prejudice such as race, religion and gender roles. Pushing the envelope on perception versus reality and shattering tired myths, the participants gain new understanding, respect and appreciation for the differences in each other and gain the courage to advocate for others when oppression hurts them. Through the process of sharing and exchanging ideas from a multicultural perspective, youth walk away from this experience recognizing their similarities and differences, celebrating these differences by uniting with a new network of friends and sharing these new perspectives with their families, neighbors, and their school communities. As a result, Sandy Miller Metrotown Institute is a revolution that is changing our community, one person at a time.

Metrotown-In-A-Day

Metrotown-In-A-Day, a condensed version of Sandy Miller Metrotown Institute, is an interactive experiential learning lab. Selected delegates will come together to explore options for living successfully in an increasingly diverse and interdependent world. At Metrotown-In-A-Day, students explore ideas and perceptions, and also experience a variety of perspectives on diversity issues, multicultural communication, religious traditions, gender roles and self-esteem. Participants create strategies for living and working with a multitude of differences. The goal of this program is to promote respect and understanding among all people. This goal is achieved through small group discussions and workshops, creative and artistic expression, recreation, outdoor experiences and personal reflection on our diverse community. Upon completion of this program, students will see the world through different eyes and will have made a lasting and positive difference in their lives, and in the lives of their friends. 

Leaders of United Diversity (LOUD)

After Metrotown is completed, each graduate of the program becomes a Leader of United Diversity (LOUD). This group's mission is to bring the message of respect and appreciation for racial, religious and cultural difference into their schools, neighborhoods, and communities. LOUD members serve as teen OneJax ambassadors and initiate programs and activities at their schools to promote the acceptance of diversity and the crossing of cultures and backgrounds to forge new relationships and appreciation for others. LOUD participants also play an important supportive and example-setting role during each new year's Metrotown Institute. In addition, LOUD students design and participate in a variety of community service projects every other month throughout the year. LOUD members are part of the OneJax family and are present at our programs and events. LOUD members meet throughout the year to refine and reinforce the leadership skills learned through their Metrotown experience.