FIERCE Advocates, collaborators to host free ‘Back to School Jumpoff’

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FIERCE Advocates, collaborators to host free ‘Back to School Jumpoff’
Photo credit: Kathy Chouteau

By Kathy Chouteau

FIERCE Advocates, formerly known as Building Blocks for Kids (BBK), will help local kids get ready for the upcoming academic year by hosting “Ivan’s 3rd Annual Back to School Jumpoff” on Sat., Aug. 19, from 1-4 pm. at 1060 Manor Rd. in Richmond.

The organization is collaborating with Bright Futures Growth and Development Center, the NAACP’s Richmond Branch and the Black Village Network on the free event, per Executive Director Sheryl Lane. Lane welcomed community members to “Join us for what we expect will be a fun afternoon.”

Adding to the festivities that day will be carnival games, free food for youth, live entertainment, games and community organizations sharing helpful resources, according to Lane.

FIERCE Advocates states its mission on its website as amplifying the voices of Black, Latinx and other parents and caregivers of color. The organization focuses on working with them to “advance equitable access and opportunities for all youth to have quality education and all families to achieve emotional and physical well-being.”