As Columbus natives, we have seen the rise and fall of the city and the rise again. Most of our team grew up in the Midtown and East Columbus areas. As you will see, once we graduated in our respective disciplines, we made our own life choices. Ultimately, we knew our home city desperately craved the gifts we all carried, and because of that, we give you The Fountain City Difference Project Inc®™. Our team came together and decided we wanted more for our future, ourselves, our children, and our city. We sat down, weighed our pros and con, brainstormed ideas, and reasons why this was a need, analyzed gun violence stats and concluded that we needed to be a part of the solution and not just talk about the problem. Our Financial Operations Director said, "Let's have a water gun fight," Thus, Splash Jam®™ was born. We saw what this city had become and knew what could be. Still, we didn't want to limit ourselves, so we decided that our focus would be on Jefferson Co. AL, Lee Co. AL, Russell Co. AL, Muscogee Co. GA, Chattahoochee Co. GA., and Harris Co. GA. These conclusions created the catalyst for the foundation of the organization and its mission. Our quarterly events will include concerts, block parties, education seminars, mentoring, tutoring, and financial literacy as we grow.
Our Mission is to bridge the divide that cripples the youth and their future by equipping them with the power of choice.
Our Vision is a nation where no child's life is lost at the end of a gun, at the hands of an aggressor, or because no one listened.
Community-We create connections that lead to sustainable and impactful improvement.
Youth Empowerment-Because it's what WE DO! We promote, strengthen, and develop curiosity in a safe and encouraging environment.
Courage-We welcome opportunities from all walks of life to motivate and inspire our success.
Hope-We believe in the power of choice and the impact of change due to all youth.
Integrity-We drive impact, work with conviction, and deliver high-quality, transparent results that are full of candor, void of bias, and tailored to the individual.
The Fountain City Difference Project is a 501(c)3 organization best positioned to empower youth with choices. We provide workshops on domestic violence, gun safety, and self-defense. We are uniquely suited to carry out our work because The Fountain City Difference Project:
What we do here is put ourselves in the shoes of the community. We know that every child deserves to have a choice, and we shape our efforts around that belief. We strive to be that outlet, choice, education, ear, and breath of freshness for those youth placed in an impossible situation. With us, every interaction is personal. We do this to make our organization as relatable as possible. We draw from our lives and share our stories because with The Fountain City Difference Project Inc®™; we believe there is no better way to impact someone's life than to show them you are authentic and serve with purpose, conviction, and heart.
The Fountain City Difference Project Inc®™ is where you seek refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We educate, inform, celebrate, and empower youth to live their best, longest, and most prosperous lives. Because we believe that fluidity and flexibility is an import staple to propel forward, our organization functions on the primary premise of youth empowerment; We then shape those ideas and community outreach events to cater to that demographic in whatever way that appears in the moment. As an organization founded with the hearts, minds, and well-being of the youth as the objective, our primary goal will continually be to decrease youth violence through choices. We bring our youth the peace and the self-assurance they need so they know they are empowered and capable. We will forever be here to remind them that when the world says they CAN'T, Fountain City Difference Project will show them WHY they CAN and HOW they CAN.
The Fountain City Difference Project does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations.
1. Position ourselves and our organization as a catalyst for youth development, education, and enrichment through targeted events and seminars
2. Bridge the economic divide through inspiration and the expression of common interests.
3. Foster a creative approach to the continual improvement of the inner city by motivating and encouraging our youth to push through the stereotypes
4. Protect our youth by promoting their knowledge, preparing their strength, and preserving their future.
Mr. Heard brings the Fountain City Difference Project Inc. a history of service and community involvement. He has served his country as a sailor in the United States Navy and his community as a Youth Development Professional through Parks & Recreations and collegiate community as President of Columbus State University’s Chapter of NAACP. Further connecting with our community as STEM Outreach Advocate with Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Facility, and he serves as a teacher with a local school.
He believes that world changes start in your local communities and spread from there and has made it his mission to cultivate this reality. It is his goal to raise awareness and promote increased community involvement. In addition, reaching communities that have often felt neglected and disenfranchised locally needs a voice. He intends to make sure they are, Heard.
With degrees from the accredited Valdosta State University Langdale College of Business, Miss Dixon strives to create a multifunctioning community based on Financial stability. She has joined the Fountain City Difference Project, Inc to ensure financial well-being and inform the local community of their options to increase their Financial expertise. She also serves her community as the Accountant and Scholarship Coordinator for a local university.
It brings her great pleasure to incorporate her skills and provide financial direction to our organization while also providing Financial guidance and ensuring every student receives their scholarships. So, let’s make this world turn together! In her opinion to create history, the world must turn with the right balance of Financial Intellect, Community Outreach, Marketing/Media, Teamwork, and Great Leadership.
The Fountain City Difference Project is honored to have, Award-Winning Fim Maker Mr. Jacobe D. Love as a part of our history-making team. As a graduate of Valdosta State University and recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, Mr. Love, or affectionately known around the office, Soul Brotha' Love, has amassed an impressive ten-year Mass Media career with filmmaking, photography, and editing. He has worked as a production assistant for Pierce Studio, Portrait Photography, and a field photographer for WLTZ NBC38. Mr. Love has also worked with the Springer Film Institute, won awards for multiple short films, and spearheaded numerous social media campaigns for several local businesses. He is an active member of a local Poetry club in the area, both as a poet and interim videographer and photographer. His award-winning documentary, "A Dangerous Silence," follows the lives of women from Columbus, GA, who lost their lives to domestic violence. Mr. Love has a passion for storytelling and helping people, his J Love Media productions empire shows his talent much better than we could in words. Click Here to see. We are so grateful to have found such a talent in Mr. Love.
Meet our glue. This gem holds us together with her smile, sternness, drive, and passion for the kids. As a Valdosta State and Southern New Hampshire graduate, Jazz has over 13 years of leadership, development, community outreach, and project management experience. After completing her undergraduate degree, Jazz went on to travel and learn about different cultures and backgrounds. Once she completed her MBA, she settled in Florida for a brief stint until life led her back home. The Fountain City Difference Project came about because her heart hurt when she heard of another young person losing their lives to violence. She knows there is work to be done to propel Columbus forward, and she is more than ready to take on the challenge with her phenomenal team of leaders.
She believes that every child deserves to have a choice. She knows that The Fountain City Difference Project will be what empowers them with those choices. Her passion and love for the youth are the motivation to push through the tough days. As the Executive Director, Jazz makes it her duty to be involved with as many aspects as possible. She believes in leading by doing, not telling; her heart is enormous, and her voice is bigger. Her mission on any day is and always will be giving the youth a choice and showing them they do have options!
Youth Advocacy Sessions
Annual Splash Jam
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The Fountain City Difference Project is a registered 501(c)3 organization: EIN 87-1854807 which does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
"Empowering YOUth With Choices"