HELPING LGTBQ YOUTH! |

About Us

(JFOY) Partnering with local and national LGBT organizations

Julian’s Fountain of Youth (JFOY) creates opportunities for our LGBT Youth to partake in activates that include experiential learning and life-enrichment strategies at no cost to them or their families. This collection of initiatives will result in the production of future community leaders and the overall betterment of our LGBT youth both locally and nationally.

How It All Began

The founder of Julian’s Fountain of Youth, Julian Cavazos has worked as a volunteer and Board Member in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years. Following his participation in experiential learning courses in 2006, Julian made a commitment to himself that one day he would make these courses and course activates available to LGBTQ Youth at no cost to them. Following a health scare, Julian dedicated the following 11 months to creating Julian’s Fountain of Youth.

Our Mission

Partnering with local and national LGBT organizations, Julian’s Fountain of Youth ( JFOY ) creates opportunities for our LGBTQ Youth to partake in activities that include experiential learning, career development workshops and life-enrichment strategies at no cost to them or their families. This collection of initiatives will result in the production of future Community leaders and the overall betterment of our LGBTQ youth both locally and nationally.

Doing the right thing,
at the right time.

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Our Team

Julian’s Fountain of Youth (JFOY) creates opportunities for our LGBT Youth to partake in activates that include experiential learning and life-enrichment strategies at no cost to them or their families. This collection of initiatives will result in the production of future community leaders and the overall betterment of our LGBT youth both locally and nationally.

Julian Cavazos

Board Member & Founder/CEO/President

julian@jfoy.org

Julian is a Navy veteran and small business owner who started his work in the nonprofit sector in 1988 during the height of the AIDS epidemic by volunteering with the first nonprofit organization in Houston Texas to focus on the needs of the Hispanic community. Called Amigos Volunteers in Education and Services or AVES, it was with AVES that he learned the importance of having a voice and taking a stand for others. Julian also Chaired the first LGBT Chamber of Commerce Counsel in the state of Florida and one of the first in the nation. Called the Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange or GLBX. Julian served as its chair for two consecutive years. Julian has since chaired or served on the following Boards: Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce SunServe Citizens of the World The Renand Foundation

Jacqualin Gonzales

Board Member & Treasurer

jacqualin@jfoy.org

Jacqualin is the founder and CEO of a property service company. She has a strong financial background including extensive experience in cash flow analysis, variance analysis, cost tracking, reporting and budgeting. She is inspired by those who work hard and hone their craft with passion in order to enjoy the rewarding end product. Jacqualin believes that injustice can be present in various shapes and sizes in today’s world. She believes that every human being deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. Jacqualin adores youth and believes her life experiences have shaped her into the woman she is today. She is passionate about her friendships. Of paramount importance to her is loyalty.

Scott M. Rivelli

Board Member

scott@jfoy.org

Scott has been an active Broward county resident, business owner and destination partner for almost thirty years and has a history of community service and a solid community network. Scott's community involvement includes serving on or being involved with the Greater Ft. Lauderdale CVB Marketing Advisor Committee, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Hollywood Travel and Tourism Committee and Oakland. He was been a JFOY volunteer since it's inception and it was a natural fit for him to join its board of directors.

Terry Martinez

Board Member & Secretary

terry@jfoy.org

Terry is a very recent retiree after 30 years in health care compliance in South Florida and 14 years in health care in Houston, Texas. She is a happily divorced mother of three incredible adult children, a renaissance man of a son-in-law, one exceptional granddaughter and an extremely special boyfriend of her youngest daughter. Terry was an active volunteer (probably too active according to her children) in school activities and volunteerism has always been important in giving back. She also participated in the American Heart Association’s Community Advocacy Committee. Terry became an LGBTQ advocate when her 16 y.o. son came out 12 years ago. She was active in her employer’s Pride Network Resource Group and has been an involved friend of the community. After attending her first Reverse Quinceanera, she found a brother from another mother in Julian Cavazos and a deeper love for the cause. Terry is adamantly opposed to any and all types of discrimination and inequality.