Helios Education Foundation Invests in St. Petersburg College to Enhance the Florida African American Male Experience

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Helios Education Foundation has awarded a Community Investment Grant for $1.6 million to St. Petersburg College (SPC) in support of the Florida African American Male Experience (FAAME). This initiative will create a robust ecosystem of support that empowers African American male students in their journey from grade school to postsecondary degree completion.  

“The ongoing decline of African American students, particularly male students, in higher education highlights the urgent need for improved access to academic success. That’s why we are so excited and grateful for the continued support of Helios Education Foundation in our efforts to enhance the African American male experience at St. Petersburg College,” SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams said. “We’re partnering with Pinellas County Schools and other higher education institutions to create equitable opportunities for students, narrow the achievement gap and increase economic mobility.”

The FAAME initiative will provide support for students along each stage of their academic progression and provide a clear pathway to and through their degree completion. Other partners on the project include the Local College Access Network/LEAP Tampa Bay and Take Stock in Children.