What would happen if middle and high school students across Florida devoted 10 hours per month to spreading kindness and compassion? If you choose to accept this call to serve, not only would you be developing leadership skills for a lifetime of service and success, but you also would make an immediate difference in the lives of classmates and friends who need to be reminded that someone cares.
First Lady Casey DeSantis first initiated Hope Ambassadors in December 2019, with the goal of schools creating clubs for student volunteers to mentor their peers and help create kind and compassionate environments. In the pilot program, which began in the 2020-2021 school year, 25 schools started 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.
Seek the guidance of a teacher or counselor and help start a Hope Ambassador club at your school and participate in community projects, service events and after-school activities that show how simple acts of kindness can change lives – both yours and those you would be helping.
- Receive a small grant to start an after-school program
- Opt-in to receive leadership and other training
- Start a volunteerism organization #DoSomeGood #HopeAmbassadorsFL
To receive more information or to start your own club, please fill out the form here.
We are so proud of Florida’s first founding cohort of Hope Ambassador Clubs:
- Academica: Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter Middle/High Schools
- 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
- 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
- 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
Examples of club activities in the 2020/2021 school year include:
- Organized a school-wide cleanup of the school grounds and facilitated how to have a productive conversation with peers that will foster collaboration and trust.
- Discussed topics from homelessness within the school and community, navigating and asking for help with parental issues and confronting risks for substance abuse.
- Utilized social media to post inspirational and encouraging quotes to encourage students to promote healthier conversations.
- Created school activities to promote mental health awareness by making posters, filming mental health public service announcements on the school’s television broadcast system.
These are just a few examples of the amazing work our Hope Ambassadors clubs are doing in their schools and local communities.
Let’s continue to build the Hope Ambassador program across Florida. Begin today by spreading the idea and then get the school support you need to make it happen!
To learn more or to start your own club, please fill out the form here.