5000 Role Models of Excellence Program the 5000 Role Models of Excellence is a program designed to boost the self-image, increase social skills, and academic performance of targeted males, in part, by motivating them to interact with respected and successful men whose real-life accomplishments can inspire young males to succeed. Students are paired up with mentors and they meet bi-weekly to discuss academics, current teen issues, and world-wide issues. Students are recommended by their teachers, peers, counselors, and administrators. Students must have parental consent and meet all program requirements. To find out more information or how you can be involved, contact Dr. Seymour Brown at 727-588-6405.Girlfriends of Pinellas County is a program designed to empower young ladies through academic support and mentorship. Students are provided with the resources, tools and guidance necessary to encourage self-discipline, positive behaviorism, and to cultivate high self-esteem and self-reliance. Mentors, community leaders, teachers and school administrators work closely with students to foster a supportive relationship through social growth. Students have an opportunity to participate in field trips that will enhance cultural awareness; community service learning projects are part of the program that builds a sense of citizenship and community pride. Parent participation is encouraged through parent/girl meetings and workshops. To find out more information or how you can be involved, contact Sheila Kane at 727-588-6000 x1846.Take Stock in Children Through the support of businesses, civic groups, a myriad of organizations and individuals who care enough to invest their resources in the future of our school children, the Pinellas Take Stock in Children Scholarship program, in partnership with the statewide Take Stock in Children program, is giving low-income students the opportunity to work toward the attainable goal of a college education. While TSIC provides those necessary college tuition funds, this comprehensive program offers so much more including mentors who provide inspiration and guidance and school-based ambassadors who monitor student progress and enhance student learning through enrichment activities.
Students may be nominated for a TSIC Scholarship in grades 6 - 10. If awarded, they will receive the opportunity for a two-year college tuition scholarship or technical school training by fulfilling a contractual obligation to attend school regularly, meet with a mentor on a scheduled basis, maintain at least a "C" in all classes, study for tests, complete homework assignments and remain crime and drug free.
- Currently, there are more than 1,450 TSIC graduates that are now achieving success at many of our Florida colleges and universities.
- There are approximately 40,000 students in Pinellas County who are eligible for TSIC Scholarships.
For more information go to http://www.pinellaseducation.orgVryle Davis Minority Achievement Award- students in South Pinellas are selected by their administrator, teachers, or counselor to receive this award. The awards program is named after the late Vyrle Davis, a 40-year Pinellas County educator. He began his career in 1960 at 16th Street Elementary and Junior High, which is now John Hopkins Middle School. During his career, Davis served as an assistant principal at Gibbs High School and principal at St. Petersburg High School. In 1986, Davis was named the county’s first African American area superintendent. He remained in that role until he retired in 1995.For more information on Student Programs within Pinellas County Schools or to sponsor a student program please contact the Office of Strategic Partnerships at (727) 588-6405.