ST. PETERSBURG — Students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg have awarded nine $5,000 grants to local programs to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence, at-risk preschoolers and adolescent girls.
Money for the grants comes from a $395,000 federal Learn and Serve America grant to USF St. Petersburg.
The grant was one of 36 awarded nationwide to help students learn about leadership and philanthropy.
The university will hold a public reception at 5 p.m. today in Room 130 of Lowell E. Davis Memorial Hall, 140 Seventh Ave. S. At the reception, local nonprofit groups can learn about how to apply for the grants next semester.
This semester's grants are going to:
• Directions for Mental Health to provide transportation assistance to homeless people who need medical and mental health services.
• ASAP Homeless Services to help unemployed and underemployed homeless adults find work.
• The Haven of RCS to provide computer access and training to survivors of domestic violence.
• A Brighter Community to provide preschool classroom supplies for at-risk children and families.
• Police Athletic League for an organic garden and educational program to encourage environmental stewardship, sustainability, healthy nutrition and wellness for youth.
• St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter of Educational Services of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to mentor, educate and empower at-risk adolescent girls.
• Creative Clay for an inclusionary summer youth arts camp.
• Sistah2Sistah (Golden Generation Inc.) for an academic, social and personal enrichment program for middle school girls in Midtown.
• Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless to develop a Web-based resource library to strengthen the nonprofit-based homeless system of care in Pinellas County.