The Florida Education Foundation (FEF), as the direct support organization for the Florida Department of Education, is proud to partner with multiple state agencies in an effort to support the Hope Florida - A Pathway to Prosperity Initiative. This initiative aims to reach students, parents, and teachers with resources and financial supports to enhance awareness to the needs of our students - both physically and mentally - so that they are prepared to be "present" in their classroom and ready to learn. Below you'll find more information about the Hope Florida opportunities for you and your loved ones.


HOPE FLORIDA FUND
In July 2022, First Lady Casey DeSantis, to support and empower Florida’s foster and adoptive families, launched the Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity initiative. The Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity initiative, implemented by the Florida Department of Children and Families and supported by the Florida Education Foundation, utilizes ‘Care Navigators’ to guide Floridians on an individualized path to prosperity by focusing on community collaboration between the private sector, faith-based community, nonprofits, and government entities to break down traditional community silos in an effort to maximize resources and uncover opportunities. The goal is to help individuals realize economic self-sufficiency and prosperity.

The “Hope Florida Fund” harnesses the charity of the private sector to give funds to deserving local entities. If you're interested in supporting this effort, please contact FEF Executive Director, Kristin Piccolo at kristin.piccolo@fldoe.org


HOPE AMBASSADOR CLUBS
The application window for the 2022 - 2023 school year is not yet open. Follow @FLEdFoundation for updates.
The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) aims to bring together a community of students dedicated to developing leadership skills while discovering the power of service, kindness and compassion through the development of Hope Ambassador clubs in schools. This initiative will help empower students to show that a simple act of kindness can change the trajectory of their fellow students’ well-being. FLDOE, in partnership with the FEF, is providing an opportunity for traditional public schools and public charter schools to apply for a $500 grant to develop and implement pilot Hope Ambassador Clubs. First Lady Casey DeSantis launched this club as part of her Hope for Healing statewide initiative. Read more about it here: First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Three New Statewide School-Based Initiatives

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for this grant program, the organization must meet all of the following eligibility criteria. Each funded organization must:
1) Be located in one of Florida's 74 school districts
2) Have a teacher, counselor, or administrator as an advisor
3) Be able to devote 10 hours per month to kindness and compassion initiatives
4) Be able to document and measure the clubs impact on your school or community and outcomes
5) Be classified as one of the following:
    - Traditional Public School
     - Public Charter School

HELPFUL LINKS
Program Description Links:
DOE: Hope Ambassador Clubs
DCF: Hope Florida Program
Hope for Healing Florida
Resiliency Toolkit 1.0 (2.0 coming soon!)

In the News:
September 2021 Press Release about Hope Florida
September 2021 Blog on DCF Website Highlighting Mental Health Wellbeing Efforts
December 2021 Press Release on Hope Florida Creating Employment Opportunities
July 2022 Blog on DCF Website about the Hope Florida Funds