For more than 25 years, Community Tampa Bay has partnered with local schools to provide youth leadership and diversity education services for students. Several years ago, that partnership evolved to include cultural humility training for district staff, teachers and administrators as well.
Youth Leadership Conferences take 40-50 youth through an all-day empowerment experience designed to give them the inspiration and the tools they need to create more inclusive spaces for all students in their school or community.
Youth Conferences begin with cross-cultural teambuilding as a way to build rapport and create safety between students; the day continues with transformative dialogue designed to promote empathy for people like us and different from us; we conclude with action-planning and application of the skills required to interrupt exclusion.
We facilitate a planning meeting with a group of youth leaders to get a sense of the culture of your school or program, and to identify any specific challenges you’d like to address with the conference. We also offer optional follow-up sessions with either the whole group or the youth leadership team to process lessons learned, and ensure the sustainability of the dialogue started by the conference.
School Administrator and Teacher Education
Community Tampa Bay offers teachers, district and school administrators cultural humility training aimed at increasing inclusion in classrooms and the larger school community. Training has included a cohort model where school administrators and teachers received three full days of training.
Past surveys include these results:
PMAC District-Wide Conferences
The Principal’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (PMAC) is a multicultural student leadership program designed to empower students to have a positive, sustainable impact on the culture and climate of their schools and communities. The program became a PCS school board mandate in order to ensure that students had the right to attend a school where all ethnic and cultural heritages are welcomed and respected.
Community Tampa Bay facilitates district-wide conferences for PMAC student leaders from throughout Pinellas County to build community, share experiences, and return to their respective schools with more tools and practices to promote inclusion.
PCS has been a long-time supporter of the ANYTOWN® program. ANYTOWN® aligns with Florida Standards for social studies curriculum and has 10 years of research data demonstrating its effectiveness. Research on the efficacy of ANYTOWN® is the basis for program graduates enrolled in Pinellas County Schools receiving a 1/2 credit in Social Studies toward their graduation requirements. Since 1991, nearly 2,000 Pinellas County Public School students have graduated ANYTOWN®.
We are proud and grateful of our longstanding partnerships with local schools.
Contact us to discuss how you too can partner with us to create change at the institutional level