- St. Pete’s Promise
- Mentoring Initiatives
- Take Stock in Children Scholarships
- Corporate Sponsorships
- Mayor’s Service Learning Program
- St. Pete Reads and more
The city’s role in education involves implementation of programs such as the Mayor’s Service Learning Initiative and ReadsToMe, a program pairing teen mentors with early readers. Below is more information about two of those initiatives:
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.
ReadsToMe….is a reading, mentoring, youth employment and early learning development program sponsored by the city of St. Petersburg and facilitated by Boley Centers, Inc. The program brings together high school student mentors with four-year old early learners to become reading “buddies.” Twenty paid interns, ages 16 to 18, will be assigned to 10 early childhood facilities that feed into South St. Petersburg primary schools.