April 2020
HEF Responds to COVID-19

COVID-19: A message from Hillsborough Education Foundation CEO Kim Jowell
COVID-19: A message from Hillsborough Education Foundation CEO Kim Jowel

Watch this video to learn what HEF is doing to support Teachers and Students in Hillsborough County as they cope with the changes brought on by school closures due to COVID-19.


Hillsborough Schools have established Grab-and-Go feeding sites to ensure that students have accessibility to nutritious meals. HCPS have increased the number of locations offering meals to students from 21 to 147 For a list of participating locations click here!

Each location offers breakfast and lunch at no cost to children 18 years and under.  Each location starts serving food at 9 a.m. and remain open until 1 p.m. daily. The food will be distributed directly from school buses which will be set up in the designated car line at the designated schools.

Also, keep in mind that HART is offering free rides to students with a school ID or HART Youth ID on regular routes that service Hillsborough County Schools. Find out more on www.goHART.org

Feeding Tampa Bay has opened sites throughout the Tampa Bay Area to hand out breakfast to children 18 and under. Sites will serve Monday-Friday. Each child will receive a free to-go meal for today and breakfast for tomorrow. Find out more on 


HCPS is still partnering with Spectrum, and is providing free Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.

In addition, Comcast is also offering their Internet Essentials service. If you are not a customer and have questions about applying for Internet Essentials, please call 1-855-846-8376. You must live in an area where Comcast Internet Service is available. You can check by entering your address on the  Comcast website. If you are eligible for Internet Essentials, apply by April 30, 2020, and are approved, you will automatically receive the two-month free promotion. After the promotion, regular rates apply. Internet Essentials current rate is $9.95 per month plus tax unless you disconnect your service.    
Preethum Prithvira
How did you become involved with mentoring through the Hillsborough Education
Our community had been having discussions about how to make things better at some of the schools, and one person on social media had mentioned that mentoring was a great opportunity. I hadn't heard of the formal system of mentoring before, but in researching it, I was lead to TSIC through HEF and saw an opportunity to learn more about the students in our schools.
What has been the most rewarding part of mentoring?
The biggest reward so far has been seeing how so many people are willing to come together through these services to help these students stay on track and achieve their goals without being side-lined by other issues. I think there's a lot more reward to come as I continue seeing my mentee grow and succeed in all his endeavors! I think in times like these where keeping our distance is our responsibility to the community, establishing this mentor relationship has given me the opportunity to still try and make a positive difference.

What do you believe is the key to being a quality mentor?
Although I'm still early in this mentoring service, I think one key is that it's a 2-way street. I feel like every session I've had so far has been a learning experience for me as well as my mentee. So I think it's important as a mentor that I keep myself open to the fact that although I don't know everything, my mentee and I can work together to achieve every goal. 
When you are not working with students, how do you prefer to spend your free time?
Outside of mentoring, I'm a paramedic, software engineer, and I spend a great deal of time with my family. I also engage in fun runs like 5K's and even a Tough Mudder!
What do you hope your mentee will learn from you?
I hope my mentee learns that we all succeed together. It's never going to be easy, but working with people around you at every step of life is what can help make the journey worth that effort. 

Virtual Mentoring 
Activity Ideas

As we transition to a Virtual Mentoring platform you might be trying to adjust to this new way of mentoring. We have complied a few ideas that you could implement while virtually mentoring students.

You can use the "Share Screen" Feature on ZOOM to work on some of these activities together. Watch the following video to learn how to share your screen!
Sharing Your Screen
Sharing Your Screen
Explore Colleges Together:  Technology allows us to explore colleges without ever having to leave our homes. Visit the following websites with your mentee to explore different College Options. 
    • Virtual College Tours:https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch/ If the college your mentee is interested in is not listed, try checking out the College/University's website, they usually have virtual tours there! 
    • College Board and Florida Shines also have great tools that can be used to explore colleges. Visit the following websites to learn about the size of the school, extracurricular activities that are offered, demographic information about the students on campus and more!
 Discuss Virtual Community Service Opportunities:  Community Service may be harder to complete because we are we are not allowed to leave our homes, but it is not impossible. Click the link below for a few ideas on how students can remain engaged and give back from home. . https://www.dropbox.com/s/91z044y4r6by1aq/Family%20Volunteer%20Opportunities%204.2.20.pdf?dl=0

Set Goals For Next Year: Start preparing your mentee for the following school year by reviewing the grade specific checklists that Florida Shines offers. You can work together to S.M.A.R.T goals for the next year.  You can find PDF attachments of the Florida Shines Checklists below:

9th grade:  Freshman
10th grade: Sophomore
11th grade: Junior
12th grade Senior

To learn more about S.M.A.R.T goals, click here: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/smart-goals.htm 

If you have not done so already, please reach out to your College Success Coach to get started with virtual mentoring!

Call To All Mentors
Interested in Group Mentoring? 

We are hosting multiple topic-based group sessions for TSIC students to make this time at home productive and informative. 

Sessions are hosted by a guest presenter and topics range from college readiness, resume writing, interview skills, financial aid, self-care, profession based (i.e. law, medicine, engineering, etc), and more! 

We are eager to offer a variety of topic-based virtual sessions to our students. If you are interested in presenting a virtual session, please contact Anna Corman at acorman@educationfoundation.com
Seniors Only!

Laptop Contest


Is your mentee a Senior? Do they need a new laptop for college? Thanks to the generous donations of Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP, they can enter a contest to win one! 
In order to enter the contest, the student must write a 500-1,000 word essay. The prompt is: What
 failures have you experienced and overcome that have brought you one step closer to success?

Please click here to read the flyer and learn more about the required format of the essay and the contest overall. Also, keep in mind that this is a very common scholarship essay prompt. It would be a good idea for students to write it once, and then tweak it as they apply to other scholarships- just an idea!
  • Be a current High School Senior
  • Be accepted into College
  • Submit a signed Media & Photo release along with your essay.
  • See attached flyer for more information
  • Attending the Mentor Appreciation Party is no longer a requirement, as the event has been canceled until further notice. 
Please submit your responses to Elisabet Rivera (erivera@educationfoundation.com) no later than Friday, May 1st 2020 via email.
AP Tests Go Virtual

Complete your AP journey by taking your AP Exam online on any device you have access to-computer, tablet, or smartphone. You'll also have the option to write your responses by hand and submit a photo. We'll support you through exam day with testing date options and free resources.

Source: CollegeBoard

School Choice Window Postponed

After careful consideration, the second School Choice Window scheduled for April 3 - 13 has been postponed until further notice. We will keep you up-to-date when the next application period is scheduled to open. Updates will be posted here and on our website.

The College Success Team 
Director of TSIC
( 813) 463-4283
Click the name of your assigned College Success Coach to email them.

College Success Coach
College Success Coach
(813) 574-0271
College Success Coach
(813) 574-0264
College Success Coach
(813) 574-0269

Mark Your Calendar

April 20th Non-Student Day All Students
May 1st
Students return to school
*Subject to change*
All Students

For more detailed information about the events occurring in Hillsborough County Public Schools, click the link below:

For the 2019-2020 TSIC Calendar, click the link below: 
For more information, contact Anna Corman via  email