The goal is to raise the numbers in all-important STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Specifically, to increase the rate of minority students transferring from two-year to four-year degrees. Many minority students, Kickliter says, have identity issues. “There isn’t a leap to ‘I’m a scientist,’ ‘I’m a mathematician,’ ‘I’m a physicist,’ for that particular population; they don’t see themselves in that way. So this grant is trying to work with all of those threats.”
“Obviously, we’re ecstatic that our business is getting that kind of recognition,” said Mastry’s founder and CEO Matthew Dahm. “We started as a very small operation, a labor of love. This kind of tells us that all of our hard work and efforts are being noticed.”
If you weren’t one of the 450 attendees of last year’s inaugural Fast Pitch event, you missed a night of community, innovation and philanthropy. Thirteen nonprofits took to the stage of University of Tampa’s Fletcher Lounge to pitch their social enterprise to a panel of five local judges from around the bay, including Phil Casey, Joe Hamilton, Rochelle Freidman Walk, Tom Wallace and James Tully, for a chance at $60,000 in cash prizes.
You've heard of Florida Orchestra, but what about Florida Bjorkestra? The Bjorkestra is comprised of 20 musicians from the Tampa Bay Area, paying tribute to their favorite pop artists, including their namesake, Bjork.
We work with folks that are materially poor, that live on the streets, and there's a lot of folks that would think that they're lazy. I've met such hard workers and geniuses and leaders, and there are a lot of my mentors, some of my best friends that are on the streets.