Earn to Learn FL Announces Partnership with Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay

Earn to Learn FL (ETLFL), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that envisions a world without barriers to higher education, announces a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay for the 2022-2023 school year. Through the partnership, high school students at the Wilbert Davis Belmont Heights Club will have access to ETLFL Near Peer Coaches. The high school students will be eligible to apply for an Earn to Learn FL a 1-, 3, or 4-year tuition scholarship upon completing Personal Finance Training and opening a Florida 529 Savings Account during their senior year.

“We’re excited to partner with our colleagues from Earn to Learn FL. This will bring much-needed support to our youth for potential scholarship opportunities and provide dedicated mentors to our Club staff to focus on a variety of challenges,” says Terry Carter, President, and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.

“This is a great opportunity for our Club teens to utilize the support of the Earn to Learn FL coaches to help them set the foundation for their futures post high school graduation,” says Jason Jenkins, Director of Programs and Training, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.

Earn to Learn FL, in partnership with Volunteer Florida, recruits, trains, and deploys AmeriCorps members to become Near Peer Coaches to income-challenged students in the areas of postsecondary access, personal finance training, and career planning. Near Peer Coaches support student preparation for pursuit of a non-degree award (career & technical education), associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree. ETLFL Near Peer coaches are current college students who promote college success by supporting students and working through obstacles related to retention and degree completion.

“Our Near Peer Coaches are part of our formula for student success,” said Brenda Tate, Earn to Learn FL CEO. “We provide the near peer coaching, matched savings for education scholarships, and personal finance training. Our goal is that every student who participates in our programs completes their post-secondary education career ready, on time, and with little or no debt.”

For more information, email Brenda Tate at Brenda@EarntoLearnFL.org.

Save for College on Your Terms

A Florida 529 Savings Plan is a flexible, affordable, tax-free way to save for college. Saving a little at a time adds up to big college savings!

Earn to Learn FL’s mission is to empower income-challenged students to complete college. Our Matched Savings for Education scholars receive Near Peer Coaching, Personal Finance Training powered by LifeCents, and an opportunity to open a Florida 529 Savings Account.

We couple personal finance training with near peer coaching for college success. Earn to Learn FL scholars and their families will receive assistance opening their Florida 529 Saving Account and receive a match on the amount of money they save. Our Matched Savings for Education Scholars can save up to $500 into their newly opened Florida 529 Plan and have those dollars matched 8:1. This turns a $500 investment into $4,500. These funds – ETLFL Matched Savings for Education scholarship plus Florida 529 Savings Account – are used for tuition, books, fees, and other approved educational-related expenses.

Since 2016, hundreds of students have been income-qualified for Earn to Learn FL’s Matched Savings for Education program. Many of our scholars have graduated on time and debt-free. Our students, many of whom are the first in their families to graduate high school and attend college have excelled in college.

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