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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. Pete’s schools. The City’s commitment to education includes:

The City’s role in education involves the 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, and the Mayor's "Be a Buddy, Not a Bully" campaign. 

Youth Development Grants

Youth Development Grant Process Updates Per recent COVID-19 orders, all public meetings are postponed until further notice - including the mandatory information session for Youth Development Grant applicants. The City team and Youth Development Grant Review Committee are working to update the current application process be in compliance with the current orders in a way that continues to encourage and empower creative and innovative applicants to apply.

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 - a city program providing funding opportunities to local non-profit organizations who provide services to St. Pete youth. 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

Mayor's "Be a Buddy, Not a Bully" Campaign

St. Pete strives for inclusiveness and kindness inside and outside of the classroom. Every October, Mayor Rick Kriseman visits schools to remind students to be kind and compassionate in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month. While the visits occur in October, St. Pete spreads the message of kindness and compassion year-round. 

In 2019, Mayor Kriseman formalized the City's commitment to providing an environment for all youth that is safe, secure and free from harassment and bullying of any kind by prohibiting bullying in youth programs and activities.  

For the latest findings and statistics regarding bullying and the impact it has on our youth nationwide, view the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Results.

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

Due to COVID-19, tours of City Hall will be suspended until further notice.

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.

K-12 Groups
Tours for school-age students K-12, last no more than one (1) hour and include historical facts about the City and City Hall, as well as a visit to the print shop and television studio. Additional special requests for Mayor/Deputy Mayor/City Council Member(s) appearances should be submitted at the time of the Tour Request. The maximum number of guests should not exceed twenty-five (25), including chaperones. The recommended student-teacher/chaperone ratio is 5:1, though special circumstances are taken into consideration and should be made and approved prior to arrival.

College Coursework Groups
College/University groups wishing to tour City Hall are offered a half-day college-level experience and require coordination of special guests. Because these programs require extensive scheduling, requests should be made no later than three (3) months in advance. Special consideration is made around City Council meeting dates and requests for proclamations. The maximum number of guests should not exceed twenty (20) including professors and/or guests.

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