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Second of $1,000 micro grants from Awesome Tampa Bay goes to writing teacher for kids in jail



birdhousebuyingclubawesometampabaygrant.jpgWake up and good morning. Tampa Bay's recently assembled provider of $1,000 micro grants -- Awesome Tampa Bay --  recently picked its second recipient from among numerous applicants. The winner is Sylvia Albritton, who teaches youth ages 14 to 18 at the Falkenburg Jail in Hillsborough County in a writing program that Albritton says helps her students confront their own actions.

"I've learned that our youth oftentimes don't have an outlet for expression. And I think it helps them to write," she said in a story published this week on the 83degrees web site (whose publisher, Diane Egner, is one of the trustees funding these projects). Albritton will use the $1,000 micro grant to create abound book of her students' writing.

Awesome Tampa Bay's first micro grant, issued at the end of last year, went to Ryan Iacovacci -- chosen among 120 applications -- and his Birdhouse Buying Club (photo, left) to move local farm produce into the homes of low income homes in the Sulphur Springs area. Read more in this Tampa Bay Times story.

As T. Hampton Dohrman, one of Awesome Tampa Bay's founders told the Times: "A thousand dollars in the hands of the right person can be easily magnified into 10 times that amount."

The next deadline to apply for a micro grant is April 1. Here's the application link.

Check out the trustees of Awesome Tampa Bay who are funding these micro grants.

Here's my column from last fall about the grassroots development thinking behind and creation of Awesome Tampa Bay.

-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times

[Last modified: Thursday, March 8, 2012 7:38am]


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