John Gilbert serves. He has served his church, our country, and every day he serves the youth of Fernandina Beach. John is the Director of America’s Youth, a non-profit organization that assists the children by giving them a safe place to spend their time when they are not in school.
John spoke to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise to share with the club what his organization is all about. America’s Youth, located at the intersection of 11th and Indigo Avenues, serves all ages of children with a staff of 100% volunteers. There are around 30 children in the program that emphasizes the importance of family and life skills. The staff believes in “Fixing the problem – not spending time on assigning blame.”
During the school year, students can go to America’s Youth after school where they will work on their homework, participate in planned activities and sometime have dinner together. During the summer, the children will have breakfast together, work on an activity, brush up on school skills – all before lunchtime. After lunch they will read to Camp Mothers, participate in more planned activities including field trips and sometimes have dinner together.
John and his staff are making a big difference in the lives of many children in Fernandina!
The Rotary Club of Ameila Island Sunrise donated funds to America’s Youth and presented their donation to John Gilbert.
Pictured: (L to R) is Art Shuster, Rotarian and America’s Youth Volunteer; John Gilbert, Director of America’s Youth, and Mark Cutshaw, president of the Rotary Club.