Sabeen P. Executive Director, Nonprofit Industry
There’s a common misperception about Jax that we’re “behind the times” or lack the spark of cities like Austin, San Francisco or New York. Let me tell you right now--this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Where Innovation and Ideas Converge
I was lucky enough to discover TEDxJacksonville, a group licensed by TED to independently organize TED-like events, within six months of moving to Jacksonville. I now serve as the volunteer executive producer with a goal to promote our mission: “To be a catalyst for positive change; opening minds with inspiring ideas.”
The Jacksonville community is like no other. “A bustling city bisected by global trade routes, multiple interstate highways and rail lines, and a major American river. But also a nexus for other, no less vital, elements: aviation, manufacturing, medicine, information and transportation services, banking, design, and the arts,” as stated on our TEDx site. If you’re looking for the best place to grow professionally and personally, look no further than JAX. There is no other city that will take a chance on you to be your best!
How to Connect and Give Back to Your Community
- Discover your passion. Whether it’s working with kids, serving veterans, or helping animals, knowing what drives you will help you take the first step toward getting involved in your community and connecting with the people around you.
- Look for opportunities. There are so many different organizations in Jacksonville that can help you find volunteer opportunities. Check out the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, HandsOn Jacksonville and United Way to get started.
- Start volunteering. Giving back to your community not only helps you grow but also enriches your life and gives you the opportunity to learn new skills and participate in different activities.