Patriot Day 2022

Thank you for #EmpoweringYouthService

September 9-10, 2022

Learn and Serve Tampa, Inc. thanks all who helped make it an awesome weekend and two great days of service

2022 Patriot Day Memorial Display


Tampa Area Youth Service Leadership Summit

A National Day of Remembrance

On Friday, September 9, 2022, 400+ students at Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy participated in great lessons by Social Studies teachers Mr. Silva, Mr. Kain, and Mr. Stepp, about the causes, events, and impacts of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks. These teachers focused on the role of firefighters and each student researched a firefighter who died on that tragic day. Most students created a biography for their firefighter and placed it on the back of the placards which were made possible through a grant from Support The Troops, Inc., items donated through Donors Choose, and with the skill and care of Speed Pro Signs and Each class came out onto the front lawn and helped place placards for all 2,977 victims. City of Tampa Fire Rescue Station Engine 10 came by the school to see the display and speak with students about the impact of their work.

Special Thanks to Donors, Volunteers, and Franklin Faculty and Staff

Annette Keys, Gary and Luann White, Ben Eason, Toni and Craig Gross, Susan Homan Willis, Joy and Karl Bechtel, Holly Ross, Janine Lemmings

Jackie Moyer, Ms. Southwell, Ms. Townsend, Ms. Cordona, Ms. Marler, Ms. Hewett

Adiel Silva, Edwin Kain, Brian Stepp, Terranique Ragins, Meredith Scribner, Jacob Bess, and John Haley

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A National Day of Service

On Saturday, September 10, 2022, 95 students representing 12 Hillsborough County Schools participated in a 4 hour Youth Service Leadership Summit presented by Learn and Serve Tampa Inc. Members of the Mayor's Youth Leadership Council, the Travis Manion Foundation, and X-R.A.Y.S. facilitated sessions on the process for planning high-quality community service projects. The group packed over 150 care packages for Support Our Troops, Inc to send to deployed military units.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Youth Service America

Mott Foundation



Travis Manion Foundation

Support Our Troops Inc

Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful

Woody Williams Foundation

Grow Financial

Digital Lift


Our Virtual Guest Speakers

Those behind the scenes...

Thomas Hixon, Rosanna Powers, Molly Beibel, Michelle Alvarez Hardin, Annette Keys, Russ Verdi, Tucker Verdi, Lori Berlin, Hannah Sullo, Aidan Duclos, and Lauren Rozyla, Meredith Scribner, and Mark Robinson

The NEXT BIG THING! 50by250

The 12 schools that participated in the 9/10/22 training are eligible to apply for mini-grants from Learn and Serve Tampa, Inc. to help with project expenses! Application procedures will be available by September 30, 2022. Additionally, we are seeking MORE schools to partner with for MLK Jr. Day of Service, Global Youth Service Day, and BEYOND as we join Youth Service America's 50% Youth Participation by America250 (50by250) initiative. Let's get 50% of our youth population engaged in volunteering by July 4, 2026! Reach out to if you are interested in joining.