In 2011, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) launched the ONE by ONE campaign to actively engage thousands of citizens in improving Duval County’s public schools. The goal was to determine what the community could do to make sure all students receive a high quality education and graduate on time with the skills necessary to compete in the 21st century workforce. The ONE by ONE campaign was designed to appeal to diverse audiences via multiple engagement options.
Since August 2011, more than 75,000 adults and students have been exposed to the ONE by ONE campaign through ONE in THREE: Let’s Solve Our Dropout Crisis, a photography exhibit that tells the stories of 20 Duval County students and their journeys toward graduation. Through this thought-provoking exhibit, JPEF recruited grassroots community leaders and students to host facilitated small group discussions about their vision for Jacksonville and public education.
From September 2011 through September 2012, more than 1,600 citizens participated in 169 conversations, providing students, parents, community members, teachers and other stakeholders an unprecedented opportunity to make their voices heard regarding education problems and solutions. As a result of their work, 15 distinct themes were identified as issues to be addressed in order to create a world-class education system in Jacksonville, Florida (Duval County).