Every semester the Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership hosts a Civic Engagement Fair. Please contact us at 873-4773 if you would like to participate in the next Fair.
Click here to access our latest Community Partner and Service Learning Placement Directory. Please contact us at 873-4773 if you would like to be included in our Directory. Community Partner Placement Directory February 2013
Click here to access our Citizen Scholar Course Catalog. Here you can see the USFSP courses that include a civic engagement component. Citizen Scholar Course Catalog
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with Academy Prep (St. Petersburg) through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fairs on January 17th, 2007, September 5th, 2007, January 16th, 2008, and September 3rd, 2008.
Academy Prep is a private, fifth through eighth grade middle school educational program designed specifically to give children of low-income families an outstanding educational opportunity and the greatest chance for success. Academy Prep educates students with promise to complete high school, college and ultimately become productive members of the community. The school operates up to 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, year round to provide a college preparatory education and a full range of enrichment activities to bright and motivated students who qualify for need-based scholarships.
ALL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
All Children's Hospital is a leading center for pediatric treatment, education and research. All Children's provides specialized care for children of all ages, from newborns through teens.It is one of two freestanding children's hospitals in the state of Florida, and the only one on Florida's west coast. Patients come to All Children's from throughout Florida and from many other states and foreign countries.
The Center for Civic Engagement's Giving Tree project was created to help kids that will be spending the winter holidays in All Children's Hospital by providing them with books and magazines.
THE ARTS CENTER
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with The Arts Center through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on January 17th, 2007.
The sharing of human expression through the arts builds a unified community. The Arts Center offers people of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts.
BIG BROTHER BIG SISTER OF PINELLAS COUNTY
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on September 5th, 2007.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. We have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children, ages 5 through 18, in communities across the country - including yours.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measurable impact.
CASA-COMMUNITY ACTIONS STOP ABUSE
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with CASA through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fairs on January 17th, 2007, September 5th, 2007, and September 3rd, 2008.
CASA's mission is to advocate for social change by providing community education, outreach support, crisis intervention, and safe environments for survivors of domestic violence and their children.
CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with Children's Home Society of Florida through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on January 16th, 2008 and September 3rd, 2008.
Children's Home Society of Florida has been providing services to children and their families since 1902. The CHS MODEL program is a one-to-one community-based mentoring program for children who have a parent incarcerated in a federal or state prison. Each youth is matched with a mentor who can provide guidance and support to help each child develop to their fullest potential.
The MODEL Mentor Program assists the mentor and youth in building a supportive and fulfilling relationship. Research demonstrates that youth who are involved in mentoring programs so better in school, have improved family and social relationships, and are less likely to engage in negative activities.
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with Creative Clay through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fairs on January 17th, 2007, September 5th, 2007, January 16, 2008, and September 3rd, 2008.
Creative Clay, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with an expressed interest in providing the local community of Pinellas County, Florida with a place to experience all aspects of the arts. Creative Clay, Inc. is located at 1124 Central Avenue, in the heart of the St. Petersburg Arts District.
Creative Clay’s mission is to make the arts accessible for every interested member of the community regardless of age, gender, ability and/or race.
DAYSTAR LIFE CENTER
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with Daystar Life Center through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on September 5th, 2007 and January 16, 2008.
Daystar Life Center oofers help in immediate crisis. Family aid. Emergency food, clothing, and shelter. It assists in transportation problems and financial help. Additional advice and follow up with other social agencies are also offered.
Daystar services are available to all, regardless of race, creed or national origin.
DOWNTOWN RESIDENTS CIVIC ASSOCIATION
Intern teams can drive four critical areas of city government.
1. Students can change city's and their own economic futures
2. Students can curtail crime
3. Students can build a better community organization through activism
4. Students can couterbalance special interests by preserving public treasures and treasury.
Please click here to see the entire brochure.
ECKERD YOUTH ALTERNATIVE HI-FIVE PINELLAS
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the Eckerd Youth Alternative Hi-Five Pinellas through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fairs on January 17th, 2007, September 5th, 2007, and January 16th, 2008..
Eckerd Youth Alternatives (EYA) is a private, not-for-profit organization nationally recognized for its programs to help youth. Programs serve boys and girls ages 8-18 who are at risk for or exhibit emotional and behavioral problems at home, at school and in the community.
ENOCH DAVIS CENTER
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the Enoch Davis Center through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on September 5th, 2007.
The Enoch Davis Center was named for the Rev. Dr. Enoch Davis, a long time activist and civic leader in the St. Petersburg community, and the pastor of Bethel Community Baptist Church for over 50 years. The building was opened on September 13, 1981 and operates under the auspices of the City of St. Petersburg's Recreation Department. It is a division of the Office on Aging.
Our mission is to carry out Dr. Davis' lifelong dedication to make our community a rich and great place to live.
Aencies provide direct services at the Enoch Davis Center. Most of these agencies help residents with special needs.
The center also serves as an advocate for the needs and interest of youth and adults through the services that meet human needs and opportunities for educational and cultural enhancement.
FLORIDA CAMPUS COMPACT
Florida Campus Compact works with colleges and universities in our state to promote the scholarship of engagement through research, academically rigorous service-learning, university community collaboration, civic engagement and collegiate volunteerism. FL|CC is a thriving and growing organization comprised of every state university, 21 of the 28 community colleges, and 17 independent colleges and universities. FL|CC provides leadership to integrate service with academic study and to link the collegiate experience with community agencies that address a spectrum of needs in cities and towns throughout Florida.
Through a generous grant from Florida Campus Compact, the Center awarded five $1,000 grants – one to a faculty member in the College of Business & Education and three to faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences. The grants are to support faculty who will add a service learning component to one of their Spring 2007 semester courses.
Click here to view the grant recipients and details.
FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the Florida Holocaust Museum through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fairs on January 17th, 2007, September 5th, 2007, January 16, 2008, and September 3rd, 2008.
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women, and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA, INC.
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with Junior Achievement of West Central Florida through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on January 17th, 2007, January 16, 2008, and September 3rd, 2008.
Junior Achievement is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization. This year more than 2,000 business professionals, parents, retirees and college students will enter our schools to teach Junior Achievement programs. These volunteers use their personal experiences to make the Junior Achievement curricula practical and realistic. Providing children with positive adult role models, who illustrate ways to build self-confidence, develop skills and find avenues of success in our free enterprise system, is a hallmark of Junior Achievement.
Junior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to help young people understand the economics of life. In partnership with business and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential.
KEEP PINELLAS BEAUTIFUL
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the Keep Pinellas Beautiful through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on September 5th, 2007.
Keep Pinellas Beautiful is a non profit (501c3), all-volunteer based organization whose objectives are to:
- Promote litter removal and prevention education
- Promote recycling as a daily practice of good Solid Waste Management
- Pursuit of the protection and improvement of our environment
- Protect, maintain, and improve the beauty of our community
LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ST. PETERSBURG, FL
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with Lakewood Elementary School through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on January 17th, 2007 and September 5th, 2007.
Lakewood Elementary is the leading Medical Science and Wellness Community recognized for academic excellence, inclusiveness, and student and faculty well-being.
Lakewood Elementary School's learning community develops the whole child through a medical science and wellness curriculum that builds the problem solving skills and healthy habits needed to enhance the quality of their lives.
I wanted to share an urgent need we have at Lakewood Elementary School… we need volunteers to work with fourth and fifth graders on reading skills. If you are able to commit to work with the Read 180 teachers on a weekly basis, please contact me ASAP. We have a large number of fourth and fifth graders reading below grade level and need to get them up to par, and especially for their FCAT’s.
Some great news is if you are a college student who is volunteering just for the sake of volunteering, YOU DO NOT NEED FINGERPRINTS taken. That is ONLY for college students who are seeking volunteer hours to satisfy a college credit. If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities, please feel free to contact me at any time. We could use you!
Family and Community Liaison
Lakewood Elementary School
727-893-2196 ext. 2168
Leadership Florida is the only organization that takes a statewide view of the conditions and challenges that face our great state. Leadership Florida offers a leadership continuum that expands the impact of community leaders across the state. Created in 1982 by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Florida builds a sense of statewide community by identifying and training individuals with the passion and commitment to help make great things happen.
The Center for Civic Engagement would like to thank Cathy Martin of Leadership Florida for their support with the Debate Watch Party, Essay Contest, and Get Out the Vote Rally.
NEW YORK TIMES KNOWLEDGE NETWORK
The Center for Civic Engagement has partnered with the New York Times Knowledge Network to bring the Times into classrooms across USFSP. The Times donated 200 copies of the paper, each weekday from November 6 through December 8, to USFSP.
Discounted Times subscriptions are available to students. Professors who are interested in bringing the Times into their classroom by asking their students to subscribe can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
THE OCEAN CONSERVANCY
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with The Ocean Conservancy through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on January 17th, 2007 and January 16, 2008.
The Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through research, education, and science-based advocacy, The Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans. In all its work, The Ocean Conservancy strives to be the world's foremost advocate for the oceans.
PINELLAS COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the Pinellas County Public Schools through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on January 17th, 2007.
Every day, hundreds of exciting opportunities for Pinellas County School students take place because the members of the community care enough to get involved. School volunteers are people just like you -- community members, parents, grandparents, students, business people and seniors – who have discovered that spending time and sharing talents with students is an energizing and worthwhile experience.
Being a school volunteer doesn't require any special skills – you simply need to be yourself. As you share your time and skills, students' lives can change. Seeing students reach their potential in the classroom and grow as individuals is a wonderful benefit of being a school volunteer. Knowing that you play a role in helping students achieve success is the satisfying part.
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with PARC through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on September 5th, 2007, January 16, 2008, and September 3rd, 2008.
Our Mission is to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to exercise their independence, enjoy an enhanced quality of life and experience life to the fullest.
PINELLAS COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on September 5th, 2007, January 16th, 2008, and September 3rd, 2008.
Click here to view their website.
PINELLAS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with Pinellas Habitat for Humanity through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fairs on January 17, 2007, September 5th, 2007, January 16th, 2008, and September 3rd, 2008.
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.
Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual, faith community, civic organizations, and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor - 'sweat equity' - into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build still more houses.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF TAMPA BAY
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on January 17th, 2007 and September 3rd, 2008.
Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay is comprised of three Houses, two in St. Petersburg and one in Tampa, offering 66 bedrooms with private baths. We are owned and operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay, a non-profit Florida corporation whose board consists of representatives from our community’s parents, leaders, McDonald’s, medical profession and other interested individuals.
Together, our Houses became a “home-away-from-home” and serves 2,300 pediatric families annually. The supportive environment at each of our Houses, offered through dedicated volunteers, staff and other residents, provides comfort and care to those who supply the love, understanding, nurturing and emotional support essential for their child’s recovery from illness or injury.
ST. PETERSBURG LITTLE THEATRE
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the St. Petersburg Little Theatre through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on September 5th, 2007, January 16, 2008, and September 3rd, 2008.
Located in Tampa Bay, we are the oldest, continuously operating community theater in the state of Florida.
St. Petersburg Little Theatre celebrates its 83rd season in 2007-2008
SPLT promotes the advancement of live theatre and provides entertainment by developing and encouraging local non professional talent.
Six mainstage productions are staged each season. Workshops and classes are given on a variety of topics including performance and technical aspects of theatre.
ST. PETERSBURG MUSEUM OF HISTORY
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with St. Petersburg Museum of History through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on September 5th, 2007 and September 3rd, 2008.
The mission of St. Petersburg Museum of History is to collect, preserve, and communicate the history of St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Peninsula; to increase and facilitate the understanding and appreciation of this unique area for the community and its visitors; to maintain an archival library and a museum in which to display collections and provide educational programs that will promote, reflect and celebrate our cultural heritage.
THE PIER AQUARIUM
Journalism/PR/Marketing Internship(s) at The Pier Aquarium
Supervisor: Emily Stehle, APR
Office (727) 895-7437, ext. 207
Cell (727) 688-7993
We are actively seeking an intern(s) interested in learning the skills that would make a student more marketable in the very competitive field of paid internships and/or full-time employment after graduation.
This position is non-paid. However, the intern will play an integral part in the PR/Marketing function at The Pier Aquarium. You will work one-on-one with a seasoned, award winning, accredited PR professional. You will have the opportunity to do more than you can imagine!
Click here to view the flyer.
THE SALVATION ARMY
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the Salvation Army through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on September 5th, 2007.
The basic social services remain to be an outward visible expression of the Army's strong religious principles. In addition, new programs that address contemporary needs have been established. Among these are disaster relief services, day care centers, summer camps, holiday assistance, services for the aging, AIDS education and residential services, medical facilities, shelters for battered women and children, family and career counseling, vocational training, correction services, and substance abuse rehabilitation. More than 30 million a year are aided in some form by services provided by The Salvation Army.
Other Emergency Disaster Services Providers
THE SCIENCE CENTER OF PINELLAS
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the Science Center of Pinellas through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fairs on January 17th, 2007, September 5, 2007, and January 16, 2008.
The Center is located on seven acres in west St. Petersburg. Each year the Center educates more than 22 thousand school children through field trip classes; offers winter, spring and summer workshops for 2,000 more; takes science education courses to the community, holds science showcases and science fair workshops, teaches seniors how to use computers, offers a Lecture Series with world renowned speakers and holds many science oriented events and activities for the community.
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the Sierra Club through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on September 5th, 2007.
Sierra Club Mission Statement
Explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth.
Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources.
Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
SUNCOAST LEAGUE OF CITIES
The Suncoast League of Cities ADVOCATES for its members, supports REGIONAL collaboration and EMPOWERS local governments
The Suncoast League of Cities consists of 32 member cities and counties spanning from Crystal River in the North to Gulfport in the South. Our growing active organization works closely with and is supported by, the Florida League of Cities in representing the interests of West Central Florida's municipalities to the Florida Legislature, Governor's office and state agencies.
TAMPA BAY ESTUARY PROGRAM
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the Tampa Bay Estuary through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on September 5th, 2007.
Tampa Bay was designated an "estuary of national significance" by Congress in 1990, paving the way for development of a long-term blueprint for bay restoration through the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program. Tampa Bay is one of 28 estuaries in the National Estuary Program; others in Florida are Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor and Indian River Lagoon.
The Tampa Bay National Estuary Program (TBNEP) was established in 1991 as a partnership of Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas counties; the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater; the Southwest Florida Water Management District; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In 1998, these and six other partners signed a formal Interlocal Agreement, and ancillary agreements, pledging to achieve the goals of the newly completed Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for Tampa Bay, called Charting The Course. The Plan culminated nearly six years of scientific research into the bay's most pressing problems, and reflected broad?based input from citizens, groups and communities with a common interest in a healthy bay as the cornerstone of a prosperous economy.
Upon adoption of the Interlocal Agreement, the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program became simply the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, in recognition of its reorganization as a truly regional alliance.
TBEP continues to coordinate the overall protection and restoration of the bay with assistance and support from its many formal and informal partners. TBEP monitors progress in achieving the goals of the CCMP by regularly summarizing and evaluating information provided by program participants. In 2006, TBEP released the first revision of Charting The Course, assessing progress in implementing the Plan’s original goals, and incorporating new or emerging action areas.
TBEP leverages the resources of program partners by financing cutting-edge research into key problems impacting the bay; sponsoring demonstration projects to test innovative solutions to these problems; providing “Mini-Grants” to community groups to engage the public in bay restoration; and developing educational programs targeting key segments of the bay community – including teachers, boaters and homeowners.
UNITED WAY OF TAMPA BAY
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the United Way of Tampa Bay through the USFSP Civic Engagement Fair on January 17th, 2007.
United Way of Tampa Bay helps people overcome challenges and barriers to succeed. For many, success means finding a job. For low income parents, it means finding affordable child care for their kids. For under-educated adults, it means learning how to read and write. For the disabled, it’s about participating fully in community life. For seniors, it means getting the support they need to live healthy in their own homes. For the homeless it means getting off the street and having a good place to stay.
United Way goes beyond addressing the immediate crisis or problem. Working with many partners – human service agencies, governments, supports, businesses, and labor – United Way takes action to address the root causes of problems and situations that harm people and our community.
United Way listens to people’s ideas about what matters and takes action to improve systems of care. United Way is the only organization that works with all sectors of our community to identify human service issues and opportunities, create common visions of a better community, and generate resources that, when leveraged together, create lasting change in the lives of people.
The Center for Civic Engagement has partnered with the Washington Center to provide USFSP students with internship opportunities in the nation's capitol.
Academic credit is awarded to program participants. There are opportunities for all majors, both at the the undergraduate and graduate level, and generous scholarship and grant money is available.
The Washington Center has placed students within a variety of organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency, World Bank, Department of Justice, The Washington Times, Amnesty International, United Nations Association, Merrill Lynch, White House Office of Public Affairs, National Museum of Natural History, CNN, and many more.
Click here to view a student produced video giving an overview of the Washington Center program.
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YWCA OF TAMPA BAY
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the YWCA of Tampa Bay through the USFSP CivicEngagement Fair on January 17th, 2007.
The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. Our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women's rights and civil rights in Congress.