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Hope Ambassadors


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. In December 2021, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the expansion of the Hope Ambassador Clubs totaling 100 Florida schools across 39 school districts. For a full list, see below.

This year, the 100 schools below 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 Hope Ambassadors clubs:

  1. Alachua: Micanopy Academy
  2. Baker: Baker County Middle School
  3. Baker: Baker County High School
  4. Bay: Mowat Middle School
  5. Bay: Surfside Middle School
  6. Bay: J. R. Arnold High School
  7. Brevard: Bayside High School
  8. Broward: City of Pembroke Pines Charter High School
  9. Broward: City of Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School
  10. Broward: West Broward High School
  11. Broward: Sunrise High School
  12. Charlotte: Charlotte High School
  13. Charlotte: Port Charlotte Middle School
  14. Citrus: Citrus High School
  15. Citrus: Crystal River Middle School
  16. Citrus: Lecanto Middle School
  17. Clay: Keystone Heights Middle-High School
  18. Clay: Middleburg High School
  19. Clay: Ridgeview High School
  20. Collier: Gulf Coast High School
  21. Collier: Marco Island Charter Middle School
  22. Duval: Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
  23. Duval: Duncan U. Fletcher Middle School
  24. Duval: Edward H. White High School
  25. Duval: Frank H. Peterson Academies
  26. Duval: Joseph Stilwell Middle School
  27. Duval: Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School
  28. Duval: Paxon School of Advanced Studies
  29. Duval: River City Science Academy
  30. Duval: Samuel W. Wolfson High School
  31. Duval: San Jose Prep
  32. Duval: A. Philip Randolph Academies
  33. Escambia: Ransom Middle School
  34. Flagler: Buddy Taylor Middle School
  35. Florida A&M University Developmental Research School
  36. Florida State University Schools: FSUS High School
  37. Gadsden: Carter-Parramore Academy
  38. Gadsden: Gadsden County High School
  39. Gulf: Wewahitchka High School
  40. Hernando: Central High School
  41. Hillsborough: King High Schoo
  42. Hillsborough: Pepin Academies
  43. Hillsborough: Progress Village Middle Magnet School
  44. Hillsborough: West University Charter High School
  45. Holmes: Bethlehem High School
  46. Holmes: Ponce De Leon High School
  47. Holmes: Poplar Springs High School
  48. Jackson: Sneads High School
  49. Lake: Eustis High School
  50. Lake: Lake Minneola High School
  1. Lake: Mount Dora High School
  2. Leon: James S. Rickards High School
  3. Levy: Chiefland Middle High School
  4. Manatee: Braden River Middle School
  5. Manatee: Electa Lee Magnet Middle School
  6. Manatee: Lakewood Ranch High School
  7. Manatee: Parrish Community High School
  8. Manatee: Southeast High School
  9. Manatee: Manatee Charter School
  10. Marion: Belleview High School
  11. Martin: Treasure Coast Classical Academy
  12. Miami Dade: Don Soffer Aventura High School
  13. Miami Dade: Homestead Senior High School
  14. Miami Dade: John A. Ferguson Sr. High School
  15. Miami Dade: Madison Middle School
  16. Miami Dade: MAST @ FIU
  17. Miami Dade: MAST Academy
  18. Miami Dade: Miami Southridge Senior High School
  19. Miami Dade: Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter Middle/High Schools
  20. Miami Dade: Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High School
  21. Okaloosa: Niceville High School
  22. Orange: Wekiva High School
  23. Orange: Central Florida Leadership Academy Charter
  24. Orange: West Orange High School
  25. Osceola: Harmony High School
  26. Osceola: Tohopekaliga High School
  27. Osceola: Professional & Technical High School
  28. Palm Beach: Riviera Beach Preparatory & Achievement Academy
  29. Palm Beach: South Tech Preparatory Academy
  30. Palm Beach: William T. Dwyer High School
  31. Pinellas: Joseph L. Carwise Middle School
  32. Pinellas: Largo Middle School
  33. Pinellas: Largo High School
  34. Pinellas: Pinellas Secondary School
  35. Pinellas: Lakewood High School
  36. Pinellas: Safety Harbor Middle School
  37. Polk: Auburndale Senior High School
  38. Putnam: Crescent City Junior/Senior High School
  39. Putnam: Interlachen Junior/Senior High School
  40. Putnam: Palatka Junior/Senior High School
  41. Sarasota: Heron Creek Middle School
  42. Sarasota: Woodland Middle School
  43. SouthTech Schools: South Tech Academy
  44. St Lucie: Performance Based Preparatory Academy
  45. St. Lucie: Fort Pierce Central High School
  46. Sumter: Wildwood Middle High School
  47. Suwannee: Suwannee Middle School
  48. Volusia: Burns Science and Technology Charter School
  49. Volusia: University High School
  50. Walton: Seaside Neighborhood 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!

To receive more information or to start a Hope Ambassadors club, please contact CommunityRelations@fldoe.org.

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