Founded in 1996, the Tampa Bay Academy of Hope has assisted over 2,500 youth and their families with leadership training, counseling, referrals, mentoring, job placement, and scholarship development.
TBAH serves youth between the ages of 8 and 18, adults, and families who live in socioeconomically depressed communities. Our youth receive coaching, mentoring, tutoring, life. literacy, and leadership skills through the different youth programs including, Read to Achieve, the Youth C5 programs, and the NOW programs. The areas of concentration include: school attendance, school behavior, academic achievement, positive youth development, self-esteem, and leadership. Services to youth include: mentoring, rap sessions, one-on-one coaching, school visits, health and wellness classes, literacy skills, and exposure activities.
TBAH provides services to parents and adults through our PLAN and NOW programs. Parents receive services, including family counseling, Nurturing Skills training, and literacy services. Our programs are designed to help youth, parents and families become self-sufficient and sustainable individuals in our society.
Our programs are designed to teach and reinforce positive personal development and leadership skills. Youth will identify themselves as leaders by participating in a program that values them and appreciates their ideas and participation. Personal growth is enhanced by the mentoring provided by positive role models and a trained and experienced staff who provide highly needed services.
TBAH is also instrumental in the fight against illiteracy among our youth, adults, and families. According to a recent Release from the State of Florida, Hillsborough County's minority males' dropout rates are among the highest in the state. A major contributing factor to this crisis is illiteracy. – less