• Achievers For Life (AFL) is a dropout prevention initiative developed and funded by the United Way of Northeast Florida, in partnership with Communities In Schools of Jacksonville, Jewish Family and Community Services, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. Achievers For Life targets sixth grade students exhibiting risk factors of school disengagement including low GPAs, low FCAT scores and excessive absences and provides them with family support, a mentor and help for the students at school. Communities In Schools achievement advocates work with students to keep them on track and prepare for high school.


    Achievers For Life is a program that provides family support, mentors, and academic assistance for students at school, as well as enhance parent engagement in their student’s education. Enrollment starts in 6th grade for those students that meet the qualifications.  If you would like more information about Achiever’s For Life please feel free to contact us at 904-573-1060 ext. 152.

    Ms. Blackshear- Student Advocate     Email:yblackshear@cisjax.org

    Ms. Nalbandyan- Family Advocate     Email: cnalbandyan@jfcsjax.org

    Mrs. Diaz- Family Advocate            Email:mdiaz@jfcsjax.org


     7050 Melvin Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32210

    Case Management (Achievers for Life) contact Yolanda Blackshear, yblackshear@cisjax.org

    After School contact Meyanna Hansell-Carson, mhansell@cisjax.org