Peabody McCoy Foundation: What We Do
The mission of Peabody McCoy is to promote the health and well being of children and youth, especially those considered to be at risk. We seek to enhance access to educational, recreational, and healthcare resources in underserved communities where there are higher-than-average rates of juvenile arrest, gang participation, high school attrition and teenage pregnancy.
Recent Peabody McCoy efforts have focused on improving community and family life in the foundation's new hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Peabody McCoy has funded family-style dinners for more than 2,000 children and families served by the Bridge of Northeast Florida, a unique agency whose goal is to provide children in Jacksonville neighborhoods with fellowship opportunities, life skills training and help with homework.
For the Sanctuary on 8th Street in Jacksonville, the foundation has funded summer camp scholarships to help extend the benefits of summer programming to local youth and families in need.
Peabody McCoy supports faith-based initiatives through its work with Christian Healing Ministries, River City Church and Jacksonville Young Life, which mobilizes thousands of young people each year, providing fellowship opportunities through fun social events and on-campus Bible studies. Peabody McCoy has been particularly active in its Young Lives program for teen moms.
Among other ministries, we participated in the inaugural event of the Stetson Kennedy Foundation dedicated to human rights, social justice and environmental stewardship. In addition, the Peabody McCoy Foundation continues to fund academic scholarships at the primary and preschool levels to help increase diversity at various schools.
When based in New York, Peabody McCoy contributed to the Teen Outreach Program run by the Carver Center, the principal community-based organization serving the village of Port Chester, New York. Peabody McCoy was also a sponsor of the Westchester Children’s Association/Family Services of Westchester 2003 Youth Action Convention attended by students throughout Westchester County and developed by student volunteers on relevant topics such as becoming peer leaders and avoiding high-risk behaviors.