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March 23, 2017


TAMPA, Fla. (April 3, 2017) – Suncoast Credit Union Foundation’s $7,500 grant to The Centre for Girls will provide fifty “Little Stars” with 45 weeks of Beautiful Minds Tutoring—a program designed to teach girls ages 5 through 10 to support one another through structured lessons in math, literacy and language arts.

This grant highlights the foundation’s longstanding commitment to promote the education, health and emotional well-being of children in the communities it serves. Suncoast’s support will help girls achieve and sustain positive self-image and confidence, positive social behaviors with both peers and adults and positive engagement with learning. Program emphasis is on strengthening core skills of age-appropriate interpersonal behaviors and social intelligence by teaching them how to effectively coach their peers and how to seek and use assistance. Reading, writing and computing is also incorporated in the program.


 Sartura Smith, Director of The Centre for Girls, said that both teachers and parents were impressed with the pilot project of the Beautiful Minds program, which was introduced last summer. They experienced little girls teaching one another, celebrating each other’s solutions to math or word challenges, excited about learning and about helping their friends learn. Measured outcomes included the children’s increased self-confidence as learners and leaders.
The Centre for Girls in Seminole Heights is owned and operated by The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women. It is a safe place where girls ages 5 through 14 engage in a multifaceted STEM-based curriculum.

The Centre’s structured, arts-infused learning curriculum is designed to make learning fun while exploring passions, talents and academic/career pathways. Each month, the program incorporates a focus on a particular discipline. The Centre for Girls staff, professional artists and volunteer experts teach visual arts and photography, music and dance, spoken word and creative writing, fiber arts and fashion design, and more. STEM classes in robotics, coding and digital arts are taught in the centre’s on-site Spurlino Digital Lab. Professionals volunteer weekly as speakers, instructors or mentors on a broad range of learning topics, including “Money Smart 101” recently presented by Suncoast Credit Union staff for middle school girls.
About the Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women
The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women is a nonprofit organization offering a diverse array of programs to help women in Hillsborough County to succeed both personally and professionally. Our programs and services encourage, educate and empower women. Our dedicated staff and loyal volunteers are involved in helping more than 3,000 people each year through our services which focus on success strategies for workforce development, entrepreneurial and employment strategies, individual and family counseling, services for girls and senior citizens.

About Suncoast Credit Union
Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the ninth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $8 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 63 full-service branches and serves more than 700,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $19 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU.


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