I'm A Star Foundation

Farah & Farah has proudly supported the I’m A Star Foundation since it was established in 2010. As an acronym for “Smart, Talented And Resilient” youth, the foundation draws 35 student servant leaders from middle and high school across Duval County each year who develop solutions to improve their communities.

Betty Burney, the founder of the Foundation, is a motivational speaker, education consultant, and community leader. Farah & Farah stands with Ms. Burney in support of the Foundation’s many local efforts, which have focused on improving childhood obesity, food deserts, student homelessness, and literacy.

"If Jacksonville was not here, we would not be here. I feel it's a debt we owe. Supporting the community gives us all a better quality of life." -Eddie Farah 

Rosa Parks Produce Market Sponsor

Farah & Farah is helping the I'm A Star Foundation increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in "food deserts", or those areas that are five or more miles away from a grocery store. The Rosa Parks Produce Market came into being after student leaders learned from the Duval County Health Department that their generation was the first on track to not outlive their parents. 

Stop by the Rosa Parks Transit Station on Fridays to see this Produce Market in action. Thanks to the I'm A Star Foundation, busy downtown commuters have increased access to local produce and a healthy lifestyle.

“A great community has great leaders. If we can help create the future leaders, then Jacksonville will be a better place to live.” -Chuck Farah

Farah's Readers Are Leaders

This mission of Farah’s Readers Are Leaders is to bolster the literacy skills in students whose reading levels are at or below the state of Florida’s proficiency level. As a Jacksonville native, Eddie Farah believes in the importance of earning a valuable education to achieve opportunities and brighter futures.

Farah & Farah’s support allowed the program to hire four teachers to bring “at risk” kids up to their reading level. Students attend tutoring sessions twice a week after school and four days a week during the summer.  

“His commitment is unwavering,” says Betty Burney, Duval County school board member about Eddie Farah and his dedication to the Farah’s Readers Are Leaders program.

Learn more about Farah's Readers Are Leaders

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