Bill Goede, left, Tampa Bay market president, Bank of America, presents a $200,000 grant check to Jim Myers, board chair for the Pinellas Education Foundation.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named Pinellas Education Foundation as a recipient of the 2013 Neighborhood Builders award.
The program is a strategic investment that couples leadership training with a $200,000 unrestricted grant for high-performing nonprofits that have made a significant impact addressing needs related to community development, critical needs or workforce development and education. Nonprofit leaders gain valuable skills and apply funding where it is most needed for maximum local impact. Feeding America Tampa Bay also received this award last month.
"We recognize the important role Pinellas Education Foundation plays in supporting the education system to give all students the opportunity to be successful and pursue their career and education goals," said Bill Goede in a press release. Goede is Tampa Bay market president, Bank of America. "The leadership training and funding will not only deepen its impact today but sustain its mission and services over time."
Pinellas Education Foundation is a coalition of business and community leaders working together to improve the quality of public education. The foundation is enhancing educational opportunities in Pinellas County Schools through scholarships, grants, teacher recognition, public education reform advocacy and the creation of sustainable programs to improve student and teacher performance.
Pinellas Education Foundation will use funding from the Neighborhood Builders award to build Future Plans, a preventative approach program that will better prepare students for post-secondary education. The pilot program is a self-administered, career guidance program aimed at helping high school students and young adults discover their aptitudes and interests.
"It's because of partners like Bank of America that we are able to accomplish our mission to improve and enhance educational opportunities in Pinellas County Schools," said Jim Myers, chairman of Pinellas Education Foundation. "We're grateful that Bank of America has an incredible commitment to education and the vision to see the critical importance of helping the next generation of job creators and workers find successful pathways to jobs in demand."