How We Got Started

The founder of Julian’s Fountain of Youth, Julian Cavazos, has worked as a volunteer and board member in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years. Following his participation in experiential learning courses in 2006, Julian made a commitment to himself that one day he would make these courses and activities available to LGBTQ+ Youth at no cost to them. Following a health scare, Julian dedicated the following 11 months to creating Julian’s Fountain of Youth.

Our Mission

To enrich, empower and educate our LGBTQ+ youth and to challenge them beyond their normal comfort level to discover their abilities and true authentic selves, regardless of their financial situation, by creating partnerships, programs and experiences with local, national and global organizations.

A Labour of Love

One of the most gratifying experiences we go through at JFOY is seeing our youth reach accomplishments that empower them to believe in themselves and to dream of a brighter future through programs such as our Empowerment retreat.

Our Board

Since its creation in 2017, JFOY has been managed by a volunteer board of directors dedicated to spreading our message and to creating more ways to grow our efforts.

Julian Cavazos

Founder & President

Julian is a Navy veteran and small business owner who started his work in the nonprofit sector in 1988 during the height of the AIDS epidemic. Julian volunteered with the first nonprofit organization in Houston Texas to focus on the needs of the Hispanic community, called Amigos Volunteers in Education and Services or AVES. It was with AVES that he learned the importance of having a voice and taking a stand for others. Julian also chaired the first LGBT Chamber of Commerce Counsel in the state of Florida and one of the first in the nation. Called the Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange or GLBX. Julian served as its chair for two consecutive years. Julian has since chaired or served on the following Boards: Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, SunServe Citizens of the World and The Renand Foundation.

Terry Martinez

Board Member

Terry is a retiree after 30 yrs in health care compliance in South Florida and 14 yrs in health care in Houston, Tx. She is a happily divorced mother of 3 incredible adult children, two incredible sons-in-law and an  exceptional granddaughter. Terry was an active volunteer (probably too active according to her children) in school activities. She also participated in the American Heart Association’s Community Advocacy Committee. Terry became an LGBTQ advocate when her son came out. She was active in her employer’s Pride Network Resource Group and has been an involved friend of the community. After attending her 1st Reverse Quinceañera, she found a brother from another mother in Julian Cavazos & a deeper love for the cause. Terry is adamantly opposed to all types of discrimination and inequality.

Chantal Ingerson

Board Member

Chantal M. Ingerson is an accomplished results-oriented technology professional with over 35 years of experience bringing corporate initiatives to fruition. Chantal has been responsible and accountable for the management and marketing of multiple programs and products directed toward strategic business revenue objectives. Chantal spent the first 10 years of her career working for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California. Over the past 25 years Chantal has provided technology and marketing consulting for Internet Start-ups to the Fortune 500. Chantal has a proven track record of achieving organizational goals through a combination of strategic planning and tactical tenacity. Currently Chantal is a Managing Partner in a digital media company. Her most recent engagement has been working with Adobe and Microsoft on a joint initiative.

Boris Lopez

Board Member

Boris is an Industrial Engineer with a background in Marketing and Management. Boris has spent the majority of his career as a business consultant, focusing in the area of Strategic Planning. He has been on the board since 2020 and brings a great deal of energy to his role. Boris serves the board in a variety of roles but excels at facilitating corporate donations and gift giving. His passion is to mentor and teach the youth the process of building an empowered future. Boris has prior involvement in the non-profit sector including working with local organizations such as Our Fund, SunServe and the Children Diagnostic Treatment Center.

Bruce Howe

Board Member

Bruce is recognized for going above and beyond to help the LGBTQ+ community. As the General Manager at a local nightclub, Bruce has experience organizing and hosting major fundraisers. Known for being solution focused, Bruce has been highly involved with many successful events, such as the annual SMART Ride Lip Synch battle and the annual Glad to Give Gala. Prior to working in hospitality, Bruce spent over a decade in various leadership roles and positions in college administration. He holds a BS in Business Administration and has completed graduate work in psychology and higher education. Bruce’s passion for support of the LGBTQ+ community began in the early 1990s. When his HIV+ partner was refused medical treatment, Bruce stepped forward and was the first to successfully bring suit under the ADA against medical providers for HIV/AIDS discrimination (Howe V Hull). In doing so, he opened the door for thousands of HIV+ individuals in desperate need of medical care. Bruce brings this passion to JFOY.

Torin Mujica

Board Member

Torin is a transgender man and has lived his entire life in South Florida. Torin has been a part of the Wilton Manors community since he was 18 while working in the area. Torin was involved in running an animal rescue facility and fundraising while trying to find homes for unwanted pets. At the age of 25, he began working with another non-profit organization that helps LGBTQ youth. Throughout the years Torin has always gravitated towards working with LGBTQ youth after experiencing the lack of any kind of programs himself when he was younger. Torin now wants to be a role model to those youth that are looking for help and guidance. Julian invited Torin to be a part of the 2018 Reverse Quinceañera and he has not left JFOY ever since.

Community  Testimonials

We are fortunate and proud to have the support and recommendation of a community that not only supports us financially but by volunteering to help run all of our activities.

JFOY has touched the lives of many people such as the kids that have gone through our programs, their parents, our multitude of donors, volunteers and members of our board. We are fortunate to have built a community around us that is moved by our mission and that has come to our rescue in times when we needed them the most.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Supporters of JFOY

Our Sponsors

Without the help of amazing organizations such as these, our work would not be possible.
Please scroll through our donor list and consider visiting their websites.