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August 2017
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In this edition of ConnectED:
    • Meet HEF's new Chief Advancement Officer
    • Join us at the Teaching Tools Luncheon
    • Citi hosts Take Stock students for Career Day
    • Helping new educators "Learn, Grow, Thrive"
    • Summer interns learn workforce-ready skills
    • Can you spare 1 hour per week? Become a mentor!


HEF welcomes new Chief Advancement Officer
The Hillsborough Education Foundation is thrilled to welcome our new Chief Advancement Officer, Mike McCollum Mike joins the team after 12 years with Tampa-area YMCAs, where he held various positions.  He most recently served as Executive Director II of the Central City YMCA in downtown Tampa. In his new role, Mike will oversee the Foundation's fundraising and marketing efforts. 

A message from Mike:
"HEF has such a profound impact on the students of HCPS and the greater community; an impact I've had the pleasure of witnessing firsthand, by way of community and program partnerships I've been fortunate to be a part of. I'm fully committed to doing all that I can to help advance the mission of HEF."
It's not too late to reserve your spot!

Citi hosts Take Stock students for Career Day
On Aug. 4, Citi hosted a group of 24 students in our Take Stock in Children program for a Career Day. The students learned about various Citi careers, and even how to tie a tie.  Thank you Citi, for changing kids' lives! 

Helping new educators 'Learn, Grow, Thrive'
Last month, HEF helped welcome nearly 600 new Hillsborough County Public School educators by partnering with the school district to host the Hillsborough Educator Institute at Gaither High. 
The two-day event - held on July 17 and 18 and themed "Learn, Grow, Thrive" - served as the first opportunity for the new educators to learn about the district's 200,000-plus students. They attended sessions on topics like increasing engagement in everyday classroom activities, classroom management and knowing their students through data. 
The new educators will receive ongoing support and resources by attending several additional HEI events throughout the school year. 

We'd like to thank Title Partner Suncoast Credit Union, and all of our HEI sponsors, for supporting our new educators. 
Summer interns learn workforce-ready skills
HEF Intern Tabitha Carter (right) and Associate Director of Programs Denise Becker working in the Teaching Tools Store. 

This summer, 16 lucky Hillsborough County high-schoolers landed paid
internships at seven area organizations.  The Hillsborough Education Foundation Internship Program, funded by a generous grant from Bank of America, aims to boost workforce-ready skills among our students. HEF hired an intern (and we were thoroughly impressed by her!), as well as:  Boys & Girls Club, Computer Mentors, Feeding Tampa Bay, Tampa Housing Authority, The Firehouse Cultural Center and the United Food Bank of Plant City. 

Thank you Bank of America and our participating organizations for investing in our future workforce! 

Can you spare 1 hour per week? Become a mentor! 
Do you have one hour per week? Our Take Stock in Children team is looking for new mentors for this school year. 

Schools with the most need: 
Durant High School | Strawberry Crest High | Turkey Creek Middle | Tampa Bay Technical High | Armwood High

As a mentor, you will meet with your mentee weekly throughout the school year (September-May) at school.  Click here  to learn more or to fill out an application.

Questions? Contact Brandi Melton at or (813)574-0275.