What would happen if middle and high school students across Florida were devoted to spreading kindness and compassion? If students choose to accept this call to serve, not only would they be developing leadership skills for a lifetime of service and success, but they would also make an immediate difference in the lives of classmates and friends who need to be reminded that someone cares.
In December 2019, Hope Ambassadors was launched with the goal of schools creating clubs for student volunteers to mentor their peers and help create kind and compassionate school environments. In the pilot program, which began in the 2020-2021 school year, 25 schools started Hope Ambassadors clubs, with more than 300 student participants.
This year, an additional 100 schools will be eligible for a $500 grant to develop and launch Hope Ambassadors clubs for the 2021-2022 school year.
Students may seek the guidance of a teacher or counselor to help start a Hope Ambassadors club at their school and participate in community projects, service events and after-school activities that show how simple acts of kindness can change lives – both peer mentors and those they would be helping.
We are so proud of Florida’s founding cohort of Hope Ambassadors clubs:
- Baker County: Baker County High School
- Broward County: West Broward High School
- Charlotte County: Charlotte High School
- Citrus County: Citrus High School
- Clay County: Middleburg High School & Keystone Heights Middle-High School
- Collier County: Gulf Coast High School
- Duval County: Paxon School of Advanced Studies
- Florida A&M University Developmental Research School
- Florida State University Schools: FSUS High School
- Gadsden County: Gadsden County High School
- Gulf County: Wewahitchka High School
- Hillsborough County: King High School
- Jackson County: Sneads High School
- Lake County: Lake Minneola High School
- Manatee County: Lakewood Ranch High School
- Marion County: Belleview High School
- Miami-Dade County: Homestead Senior High School
- Miami-Dade: Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter Middle/High Schools
- Okaloosa County: Niceville High School
- Orange County: West Orange High School
- Osceola County: Harmony High School
- Palm Beach County: William T. Dwyer High School
- Pinellas County: Largo High School
- St. Lucie County: Fort Pierce Central High School
- Volusia County: University High School
Below are a few examples of the remarkable work our Hope Ambassadors clubs are doing in their schools and local communities.
- Participating in service projects
- Volunteering in school and/or community organizations
- Leading school activities that promote resiliency
- Providing peer-to-peer mentor supports that help to build a positive school environment
- Facilitating activities that support productive conversations
Let’s continue to build the Hope Ambassadors program across Florida. Begin today by sharing the idea and establishing the school support needed to make it happen!
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