Young Professionals

The CHAMPS of Communities In Schools of Jacksonville’s purpose is to involve young professionals (under the age of 40) in the mission of Communities In Schools: to engage them in student advocacy, community outreach and fundraising.

The CHAMPS program creates a greater awareness of the mission of Communities in Schools among the young professional demographic in Jacksonville. This program helps to build connections between future community leaders and CIS; these relationships are key to the sustainability and functionality of Communities In Schools.

But the CHAMPS program also benefits its members. Through participation in CHAMPS, members benefit from increased volunteer opportunities throughout the community as well as opportunities to connect with business and philanthropic leaders. Members also interact with the Communities In Schools Board of Directors, leading to opportunities for personal professional development.

Members of The CHAMPS of Communities In Schools of Jacksonville will benefit from fulfilling a potent desire to serve the next generation.

Become a CHAMP!

Membership Requirements

  • $25 annual membership fee
  • Attendance at scheduled meetings
  • Participate in 2 Service Projects (or act as a mentor/tutor for one school-year)
    • Popcorn with a Professional:Ongoing event where CHAMPS members share with students in our TEAM UP After-School program about their careers.
    • Reading Days: CHAMPS members visit schools within our Literacy Division and are matched with a Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade class to interact and read a brief book.
    • Career Prep Days: High School students work with CHAMPS Members to create resumes, interview tactics and career plans.
  • Participate in Social Events
    • Coffee & Conversations
    • Communities In Schools of Jacksonville events
    • Sporting Tailgates
    • Cocktails for a Cause
  • Willingness to promote Communities In Schools of Jacksonville through channels of contact and available networking


If you are interested in becoming a CHAMP, download the application below and return to Ashley Hooper at or contact Ashley with any further questions at (904)366-6323.