It is with gratitude, and respect that on June 28th 2024, we celebrate Ms. Juanita Forman-Lee’s retirement from Girls Incorporated Jacksonville after 23 years of loyal and dedicated service.

Originally from New York City, Ms. Forman earned certificates at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia, and Bank Street College for Early Childhood Development. For over fifty years, she has been an advocate and educator for children. Since moving to Jacksonville twenty-six years ago, Ms. Forman has worked with families of abused and neglected children as a Case Manager for the Monique Burr Foundation at the Children’s Crisis Center, and as a Community Outreach Liaison for Community Connections (formally known as the YWCA).

After joining Girls Inc. Jacksonville in 2001, Ms. Forman started off her first year, facilitating the Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy Program. She then took on various roles throughout the years, working as the Director of Outreach/Afterschool, Director of Identity Programs, Health and Sexuality Program Coordinator, and Middle/High School Program Manager, and finally Ms. Forman in her current position as Director of Operations.

When speaking of her experience at Girls Inc. Jacksonville, Ms. Forman always lights up, expressing her genuine love for encouraging and inspiring girls to become strong, smart, and bold. She has enjoyed spending time with them and changing their view towards classes. For over six years, she served as an Agent of Change for many young girls, and she is still in touch with many of them today, Ms. Forman states, “Once a family member, always a family member.” She has also enjoyed working with, uplifting, supporting and leading her staff. Fellow staff members describe Ms. Forman as very understanding, compassionate, always willing to help, and having great energy. Brenda Phillips, her longest colleague, says that Ms. Forman is “known fondly in the community and will be greatly missed.”