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The city of St. Petersburg works with students, families, educators and faculty, as well as community groups and leaders to advocate on behalf of St. Petersburg’s public schools. The city’s commitment to education encompasses:

The city’s role in education involves implementation of programs such as the MBSK Youth Development Grants, the Mayor’s Service Learning Initiative and ReadsToMe, a program pairing teen mentors with early readers. Below is more information about three of those initiatives:

What are Youth Development Grants?

As the city continues to expand the Mayor’s education and community initiatives designed to provide additional opportunities to our youth and businesses, the fourth and newest component of My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper (MBSK) is the Youth Development Grant program. View our short video to learn more about Youth Development Grants.

An 8-member Youth Development Grant Review Committee, consisting of St. Petersburg residents, participate in the selection process. To learn more about the grant review committee, please read the Youth Development Grant Review Committee Goals or view the Youth Development Grant Review Committee webpage.
Youth Development Grants Scoring Rubric, 2018-19

Interested applicants can apply online at

Candidates who choose to apply by mail should forward a cover letter and a resume to:

Mayor Rick Kriseman
c/o Leah McRae, Esq. 
RE: Youth Development Grant Committee 
P.O. Box 2842
St. Petersburg, FL 33731-2842

All members are appointed to the Committee by the Mayor. Selected applicants must attend a mandatory review committee orientation on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Applications will be accepted until noon on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

What is the Mayor’s Service Learning Challenge?

Sponsored by the Pinellas Education Foundation, the Mayor’s Service Learning Challenge provides start-up funding of up to $500 to elementary, middle and high schools in the St. Petersburg area for the purpose of creating sustainable service learning projects to benefit the school community or the community at large. During the 2015-2016 academic year, six St. Petersburg-area public schools received grants through this program.

Request a School Tour

The City of St. Petersburg welcomes all students to tour City Hall! Guided tour through City Hall give students the opportunity to learn about the rich culture of St. Petersburg, the Mediterranean style of the building and city government. Please plan for the tour to last approximately 1 hour. In order to provide each group with a memorable experience, tours are limited to 20 students with one chaperone for every five students, including the educator. To request a tour please complete the form below. 

Request a Tour

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