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Meet the Arts Conservatory for Teens: Seeking a Better Grant Tracking Database

The mission of the Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) is to educate, empower, and enrich the lives of youth and teens. ACT provides arts education and youth development programming to underserved and at-risk students,  serving over 400 students annually.  They tell us more about themselves here and the project they’ve brought to this year’s National Day of Civic Hacking event in St. Petersburg.

After-school and summer programming include classes in voice, drama, dance, music production, cinematography and photography. ACT also provides similar arts programming in five low-income Pinellas County schools through its Character Essentials Program. ACT’s Teens Empowered Today program teaches young people how to become productive, caring, community-minded citizens with six levels of curriculum: workforce development, leadership training, money management, healthy lifestyles, academic success, and cultural enrichment.

ACT is bringing a grant tracking database project to NDCH to help manage the process that comes with applying for grant funding year-to-year. Grant funding is an important revenue stream for non-profit organizations. There are many steps in the application process so efficiency and organization is a key component to securing grant funding. A database that can keep all information in one place, is user-friendly, and can create reports for both internal staff and external stakeholders will have significant positive impact on the applying, submitting, and reporting process not only for ACT, but for any organization that applies for grants.

Non-profit organizations are always trying to maximize impact while keeping expenses minimal in order to serve as many people as possible. NDCH provides an opportunity to improve process and service using technology for projects that may not happen otherwise. It is a unique and important collaboration that serves the community well.

Watch A Day in the Life of ACT to learn more about the Arts Conservatory for Teens and the youth who are impacted by its work.

Now Two Great Locations to Hack for Change in Tampa Bay on August 11!

We’re super happy to announce that we have a second location for this year’s National Day of Civic Hacking event in Tampa Bay, on August 11!  In addition to our St. Petersburg location, generously provided by the Academy at the Suncoast Developers Guild,  we’re grateful to The Ledger, Brianna Bond and Covered Web Services  for donating space use at the Industrious Office on Franklin Street in Tampa, and for support from Hillsborough County .

The Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild – Pinellas County 2220 Central Ave St Petersburg, FL 33712 Map


The Industrious Office – Hillsborough County 401 E Jackson St Suite 3300 Tampa, FL 33602 Map


Select your preferred location when you register


At our Tampa location, we’ll be working on these projects:

  • Metropolitan Ministries – to help develop an intelligent chatbot to better direct those in need to most appropriate services (Tampa NDCH)
  • Winners’ Resource Center – A more efficient resource for non-profits and companies to share their information with those in need in the Tampa Bay area (Tampa NDCH)
  • Pasco Agents for Change – helping this newly created nonprofit develop an advocacy website and tools to aid their efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in Pasco County Public Schools (Tampa NDCH)

In St. Petersburg, we’ll be working on these:

As well as other projects participants may be interested in developing at each location. We’ll share more information about these groups and their projects in the next few weeks.

Winning solutions will be chosen by agency representatives, and winners will receive trophies and the opportunity to continue developing their hackathon challenge solution into fully working models for the relevant civic agencies.

Please join us!