The LSP Class Project has become a significant event in the nonprofit community over the past several years. LSP class members provide planning, fund-raising, and physical labor to execute facility improvement project for a local nonprofit each year. Recent class projects have exceeded cash and in-kind donation values of more than $25,000.00 each. While we can’t predict the value of this year’s project, we can always count on the best efforts of three dozen energetic community leaders to make it a success.
The LSP Planning Committee is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) as a means to select the class project. Interested nonprofits will be asked to submit basic information and a project plan as described in the RFP. Three nonprofits will be selected to present their proposed projects to this year’s LSP class in greater detail, and the members of the class will choose which project to implement.
Nonprofits must meet the following criteria to apply to be the 2023 Class Project beneficiary:
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a public school, or a division of a governmental entity
- Located and serving people who live in the Pinellas County metropolitan area. Historically, preference has been given to projects located in the City of St. Petersburg boundaries and/or have a significant impact on the City of St. Petersburg
- St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce member in good standing or be willing to become a Chamber member as part of the project requirements
- Fiscally sound, as demonstrated by required paperwork
- Continuous operation for a minimum of three (3) years; the recipient must own or have a long-term lease arrangement on the project site.
- Have a specific project need that fits Class Project criteria, and provide a clear project description, including a detailed scope and basic budget.
Apply to be the 2023 Class Project Beneficiary
Click here to submit your application as the 2023 Class Project Beneficiary. The deadline to apply is October 19.
Leadership St. Pete® Class of 2022 Waves of Inspiration Class Project
The LSP Class of 2022 is proud to announce the launch of its class project, “Waves of Inspiration,” to make significant capital improvements to the Clam Bayou Marine Education Center located in South St. Petersburg.
The Center is a community outreach and educational facility for programs that inspire youth to become active environmental and ocean stewards. Students are encouraged to learn more about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) — an especially critical mission for underserved communities that traditionally lack access to such programming. The Center also provides professional development to over a hundred teachers annually.
The core project mission is to enhance the outdoor spaces around the Clam Bayou Marine Education Center by May 2022 as a way to foster improved comfort, enjoyment, and by extension, enhanced learning.
Your donation makes a difference! The LSP Class of 2022 relies on community support and donations to make the “Waves of Inspiration” project a reality.
Create cool, attractive surface areas to extend teaching and recreational space to outdoor areas during the hot summer months
Enhance accessibility through inviting connectors and pathways
Improve landscaping with native Florida seaside plants to educate the youth about coastal ecology.
The LSP Class of 2022 will also be hosting fundraising events between March and May 2022 and welcome your presence and support of the community class project.
Previous Class Projects
The class project has become a cornerstone of the Leadership St. Pete experience. It affords the class an opportunity to develop personal leadership skills through the organization, planning, and implementation of a major project while also giving something back to our community in a meaningful and lasting way. To see an archive of previous projects, click below!
Class Project | Nonprofit LSP Info Sessions Via Zoom
If you are a registered 501(c)(3) organization and would like to learn more about the LSP Class Project, register for an upcoming information session via Zoom to learn more about the RFP and selection process.
- 10/19 RFP Application Deadline
Once registered, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with the Zoom link prior to the session.
If you have questions, please contact the 2023 Class Project Chair, Lynne Stamey.
Support and Celebrate LSP's Class Project
Leadership St. Pete Class of 2022® relies on support from the community to fund the annual nonprofit community service project. Your donation to the Waves of Inspiration project will help fund critical improvements at Clam Bayou Marine Education Center.
Located in South St. Petersburg, the Center offers community outreach and education that inspire youth to become active environmental and ocean stewards. The program fosters Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) career pathways for students — an especially critical mission for underserved communities that traditionally lack access to such programming. Professional development programming is also provided to over a hundred local teachers annually to enrich lesson plans taught in local schools.
The facility is operated by the USF College of Marine Science in partnership with the City of St. Petersburg. The core project mission is to enhance the outdoor spaces around the Clam Bayou Marine Education Center by May 2022 as a way to foster improved comfort, enjoyment, and by extension, enhanced learning.