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Our Programs

K-12 Classrooms
AVID Excite to Serve 

Working hand-in-hand with AVID Coordinators, we help students identify local community need, discover their unique talents, skills, and passions, and start formulating ideas for service projects. We also offer student and teacher training in project planning, assist with asset mapping, community contacts, and assure projects align with the WICOR framework and NYLC Quality Standards. We can also provide accountability with assessment & reporting.

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Building Bridges Across Frameworks 
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IB MYP Excite to Serve

One requirement of the International Baccalaureate for the middle grades is to complete a personal community service project.  This project can be completed independently, in pairs, or a small group of three. Most 8th grade students have never participated in a service projects, and even fewer have planned and organized one. We help students discover their unique talents, skills, and passions first and then introduce them to community need so they can begin formulating ideas for service projects. We can then offer individual or small group support inn project planning, assist with asset mapping, community contacts, and assure alignment with the the IB MYB Project Requirements and NYLC Quality Standards. We can also provide accountability with assessment & reporting.

Other Programs

In 2022, Learn and Serve Tampa Inc presented to district social studies teachers and began reaching out to all teachers through social media. We began the process of becoming a HCPS Partner in Education. Because service-learning can take place through any curriculum, we have been open to working with any teacher who requested support. A service-learning project or program can be designed from any point of entry.  Here are a few other spaces we are building connections.  

Congratulations to Burnett Middle School AVID Coordinator Akilah Graham Allen! She is planning a community garden and contacted Learn and Serve Tampa Inc for support.  As a result of our connection, Burnett will have $3000 in funding from the Whole Foods Foundation!  

Dr. Verdi, Ms. Graham Allen,
and Burnett Principal
Dr. Tarrelle Brooks 

Lead Agency Grant

Learn and Serve Tampa Inc has been awarded a YSA Lead Agency Grant for the 2022-2023 grant cycle. The purpose of the grant is to empower youth through volunteer and community service-projects on the three National Days of Service.  On September 10, 2022, in recognition of Patriot Day, Learn and Serve Tampa, Inc. hosted a FREE Youth Service Leadership Summit to train youth leaders from the local area so they may return to their communities to plan for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Global Youth Service Day in 2023.  

Huge shout out to Mark Van Trees with Support The Troops Inc in Wesley Chapel.  His donation has allowed Franklin BPA to purchase new markers for the 9/11 memorial.  

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Learn and Serve Tampa, Inc. has been awarded a $200 grant to support the Burnett Middle School AVID Garden project! Funds will be used to purchase portable planting bags and potting soil for students' seedlings.  Ms. Graham Allen will keep them over the summer so they can be planted in the fall.

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