Community Foundation of Tampa Bay doles out $128,000 for education programs
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has chosen 10 educational programs as recipients of more than $128,000 in grant funding.
The foundation, which has donated more than $185 million to non-profit organizations since it was founded in 1990, aims to fund programs that support early learning and literacy programs for youth.
"These organizations are filling gaps in education and development for children that are crucial to building a better future for Tampa Bay through increased educational attainment and workforce readiness and participation," said Marlene Spalten, the foundation's president and CEO, in a press release.
The programs are:
- Berkeley Preparatory School, which received $25,000 for its Berkeley Academy, a free program for low-income students to prevent summer learning loss and help students become college-bound.
- The Pinellas Education Foundation was granted $6,000 to bridge the gender achievement gap with young boys at 12 elementary schools.
- The YMCA of Suncoast received $15,000 to target the education gap among low-income students before they enter Kindergarten. The free program allows about 24 caregivers and 26 students meet twice a week for 38 weeks at High Point YMCA.
- Champions for Children, Inc. was awarded $10,000 for a program that educates children to speak up about child abuse, bullying, trauma and other sensitive topics.
- Metropolitan Ministries, Inc. was given $10,000 to help ex-offenders gain skills and work ethics.
- Parents and Children Advance Together (PCAT) Ministries, Inc. got $24,262 for its after-school literacy program for underserved children and families in Hillsborough's struggling neighborhoods.
- Pepin Academies in Pasco County, an exceptional needs charter school that helps disabled children receive their diplomas, was awarded $6,000.
- The Kiwanis of SouthShore received $5,000 for Key Clubs at East Bay High and Lennar High in Hillsborough.
- The Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 226 got $7,000 for its Youth Leadership Conference to foster leadership skills in students and teach them U.S. government, history, economy and the Constitution.
- Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc. received $5,000 for its Fsoter Grandparent Program, which helps fund background checks and training for seniors who are interested in mentoring students in Hillsborough and Pinellas.