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Five ways to support local youth programs

Ashley Morales

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There are multiple ways you can support Girls Rock St. Pete, a program to build confidence and leadership skills in local kids. Photo provided.

If you’re searching for a way to give back to your community, the Catalyst’s Impact Connector is here to help. Each week, we feature five organizations in the Tampa Bay area that need your support, whether that’s time, talent, items, funding or simply awareness. We’re certain you’ll find something here that matches your interests and will positively impact the community.

Volunteer for the Youth Count Event

Join the Youth Count Event, an initiative that aims to capture an estimate of the number of youth ages 16-24 experiencing homelessness, educate the community and connect attendees with vital resources. You can attend the event Sunday, Feb. 25 from 12-4 p.m. at MacFarlane Park in Tampa and enjoy free food, giveaways and music, or you can volunteer to help at the event. Learn more at THHI.org/YouthCount2024.

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Empower young rockstars and change lives

Girls Rock St. Pete is a program that aims to boost girls’ and gender-expansive children’s confidence, encourage teamwork over competition and build leadership skills. You can support the program by donating to a Girls Rock camp, sponsoring a concert, supporting a scholarship for a camp attendee, donating musical equipment or volunteering your time to help. Learn more about the program and ways to elevate it here.
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Support Boys and Girls Clubs programs

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast (BGCS) is a nonprofit with a mission to provide high-quality out-of-school time Club experiences proven to ensure our young people, especially those who need us most, are on track to graduate from high school with a plan, demonstrate good character and citizenship, and live a healthy lifestyle. BGCS is growing exponentially, both here in Pinellas County and by developing new collaborative initiatives with its neighbors in Hillsborough County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. You can support both organizations through cash donations or in-kind gifts like technology, books, furniture and supplies. You can also volunteer individually or get a group from your office together for a corporate volunteer initiative. Click here to visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast website or click here to be directed to Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.

Become a youth mentor

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is seeking adult volunteers (called Bigs) to serve as mentors and positive role models for children (called Littles) through one-on-one relationships. With more than 700 children on the waiting list, the need for caring adults is greater than ever. Traditional programs include picking up your Little a couple of times each month and participating in activities you both enjoy, or seeing them for one hour each week at school. To learn more, attend one of the weekly virtual orientations: bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big
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Donate supplies for new families

Babycycle is a nonprofit with a mission to ensure no child goes without necessities like diapers, wipes, clean clothing, and other basic items. Babycycle prides itself on being Pinellas County’s only community diaper bank. See a list of items in need and dropoff locations at https://babycyclefl.org/donate.

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By engaging in these five impactful ways to give back, we can empower our communities and contribute to a more compassionate society. If your organization is seeking volunteers, donations or awareness, click here to submit your opportunity. We’ll get the word out to our readers.

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