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When we change their story, we change the future.

Public education holds the key to unlocking our community’s potential. The Pinellas Education Foundation collaborates with community partners to nurture success in the classroom and beyond. Through your support, we implement innovative solutions that inspire minds, transform lives, and elevate the economic well-being of Pinellas County. Join us in advocating for systematic change in our public schools. Together, we can transform the future.

Redefine What’s Possible

“With the love of Amy Krusemark, my High School Geometry Teacher who became my legal guardian and changed my life forever, and the support of the Take Stock in Children program, I took my difficult childhood and used it as motivation to become something better. Thanks to their help, I graduated Boca Ciega High School as Class Valedictorian and will soon be attending Stanford University. As I focus on my dream of becoming a doctor, I’ll be forever grateful that the Take Stock in Children program exists to give kids like me a life of endless possibilities.”

- Robert Hurley, Take Stock In Children Participant

Change the Future

“When I was 19, I wasn’t sure what the future held for me and my son Elijah. The Pinellas Education Foundation changed that by helping me get involved in Youth Connect. The program had such a profound impact on my life that now I work there as an instructor. Youth Connect played a vital role in making my life a success and I’m proud to be paying that forward. I just wanted to let you know the real, positive impact the Pinellas Education Foundation has on thousands of lives like mine. There are so many stories like mine, leading to a stronger, better Pinellas County for all.”

- Cortney Smith, Proud Youth Connect Alumna and Current Instructor

Build a Better World

"Each and every day, the Pinellas Education Foundation makes it a little easier for our public schools to do the job they need to do to prepare the workforce of tomorrow. It is absolutely crucial we keep that going."

- Brian Auld, President, Tampa Bay Rays

Dare to Dream Big

“I was the first in my family to go to college. It showed my family and friends that anything is possible. If we continue to invest in our students, they will stay here and become valuable members of our community. I can’t wait for the day when I can sponsor a deserving student and help make their dreams come true.”

- Johnny Boykins, Gibbs High School Graduate and Take Stock in Children Alumnus

Who We Are

The Pinellas Education Foundation is a coalition of business and community leaders who collaborate to improve the quality of public education.

What We’ve Achieved

To continue improving our community’s economic prosperity, we maximize every dollar donated. This year alone, our solutions have resulted in:

180 + Grants given to teachers, impacting more than 28,000 students

300 + Scholarships awarded, totaling more than $600,000

92 At-risk students and underemployed youth earning industry certifications and GEDs

How we impact businesses and our community

A brighter future for all

Students who are given the tools to succeed are better able to shape their communities. When business leaders and educators come together to support our school system – everybody wins.

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Growth through mentoring

Mentoring students fosters an intimate understanding of our neighborhoods. When we know more about the people in our communities, we create a better, stronger society and workforce.

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24 metrics for success

To ensure every student achieves an education that puts them on a path to a rewarding career, The Foundation explored 24 key metrics related to student success.

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Why We Need Your Help

The success of our initiatives depends on the generosity of our volunteers and donors. Your continued support will have a profound, transformative effect on our community for generations to come.