Think Big Expect More

Think Big for Kids helps underprivileged youth discover their untapped potential by bringing them exciting opportunities for career exploration, mentorship and skills development.

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our story

Think Big for Kids was developed in 2016 by tech executive and entrepreneur Tony DiBenedetto after working with high school students at several Boys & Girls Clubs and observing a general lack of awareness of potential careers available to them post-graduation.

He and a team of volunteers created a programmatic roadmap that engages Boys & Girls Clubs kids from sixth to 12th grade throughout the completion of post-graduation education or training and to their chosen career path. DiBenedetto recruited other businesses to join the program with a commitment to providing mentorship, internships, scholarships and ultimately job offers.

three pillars

Career

exploration

We offer personalized career affinity assessments and educational planning beginning in middle school, at an age when dreams often give way to societal pressures. Our partner companies deliver interactive monthly showcases at the Boys & Girls Clubs designed to expose kids to a variety of professions, in addition to field trips.

Mentoring

program

Our goal is to improve the path for students as they plan and transition from school to the workforce. Once teens reach high school, they are paired with a mentor to help them understand their options, select the right courses, stay on track and make an education and career plan for post-graduation.

Job Readiness

& placement

Our partner companies help kids with job skills and training, as well as opportunities for internships and scholarships. We stay with the kids throughout the completion of on-the-job training, trade school, two-year or a four-year degree, and either hire or help them obtain jobs at the end of their educational journey.

NEWS

Think Big for Kids is Going on the Air!

Tune in to Up Close with Cathy Unruh, a program featured on WEDU/PBS on Thursday, October 24th at 8:30 p.m. to learn more about the Production with a Purpose summer camp, Think Big for Kids and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.

2000 by 2022

Think Big for Kids is partnering with area businesses representing high-growth industries to provide career exploration, mentorship and job readiness, with the goal of preparing 2,000 teens served through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay for the workforce by 2022. We are dedicated to helping all kids find a path to success that fits their individual passions, regardless of academic level, background or home life.

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thank you

to our Partner Companies

Founding Partners

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay
Haneke Designs
JDP Electric
Reliaquest
Tribridge

Partners

Bank of America
DXC Technology
HCSO
nielsen
nielsen
Roger West
Roger West
Tampa General Hospital