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Bridging gaps through conversation

Posted at 1:05 AM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 01:44:13-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Amid demonstrations and protests, one group's working to get people talking and thinking about the future.

The nonprofit group "Bridging the Gap of Southwest Florida" hosted two events during the weekend.

In addition to a teen night themed around the Juneteenth holiday, the organization also held a meet-and-greet with local candidates on Saturday at Millennial Brewing in Downtown Fort Myers.

Organizers say nearly 20 people running for various offices attended the event. Candidates in attendance included some running for school board, mosquito control, mayoral and congressional seats.

With a setup similar to that of a job or college fair, members of the community were able to directly interact and question those seeking election.

Quinton Willis founded the organization last year. With his brother, Marcus Willis and other family members, Willis is creating events that engage the community in conversations of change.

As the group works to generate conversations about political and social current events while providing mentorship for young boys, you can expect to see more from them soon.

You can keep up with them here.

Bridging the Gap Southwest Florida is a 501c3 nonprofit.