Around most of Hillsborough County, Fla., Jerry McMillion’s is known as a music maker.
In certain circles, though, the talented Tampa-based CEO of JLM Records is more closely associated with his engaging approach to mentoring at-risk teens.
“Our youth absolutely love Jerry,” said Project Bridge Program Manager Curtis Campogni. “I’ve heard them say he’s relatable, cares about their success, and is a pretty cool guy.”
“Trust me,” laughed Campogni, “that’s the highest compliment coming from a 17-year-old.”
As an Eckerd Kids’ Project Bridge mentor, McMillion offers weekly music production and graphic design classes at his recording studio. There, he works with participants on dealing with their emotions and gaining valuable life skills.
He’s even encouraged a few to record a rap song about their experience transitioning with Project Bridge.
“It’s awesome to see the young people open up like that,” said Campogni. “Jerry understands that it can take a village to make a difference, and we’re very grateful for that.”