It has always impressed me that many of my friends and work colleagues are deeply involved in our community. They express their commitment to Tampa Bay in a variety of ways: serving food to the elderly through Meals on Wheels, being a big brother through Big Brothers/Big Sisters, serving as a mentor to high school students, serving on and chairing boards of not for profits, establishing fund raising organizations and donating money to causes near and dear to their hearts.

I wanted to take this opportunity to mention that Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay is in high gear for the selection of our next “Investee”, the not for profit organization that we will partner with in 2017. As part of this process, we offer the opportunity for organizations serving Youth at Risk to apply for our 2016/2017 grant. Youth at Risk is the focus area for SVPTB in 2016 and 2017. Our definition of Youth at Risk is “children or adolescents who are less likely to transition successfully into adulthood.” SVP is interested in organizations that have moved beyond the initial ‘start-up’ phase and are ready for next-stage growth and development. SVPTB seeks to make a multi-year grant to investees. The first year grant is up to $15,000.

SVP Tampa Bay selected Community Tampa Bay as its first investee in 2014, and Ready for Life in 2015.

We are in full swing and have the application posted on our website, www., and are having the second of two information sessions tomorrow, 7/20/2016, at the St. Pete Chamber offices at 110 2nd Ave. North, Suite #150, St. Petersburg, FL. Attendance at the information sessions is helpful although not a requirement to receive the grant. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Please visit the website for Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay, www. to learn more about the organization and how you might become involved in changing the landscape of our community.

Thank you for all you do and have done in our community.