Lawfest 2011

The Pinellas County Urban League, through its BOB Crime Prevention program, participated in LAWFEST 2011 on Saturday, October 29, 2011.  The event was held at the Midtown Campus of the Saint Petersburg College, and was hosted by Success Unlimited: Women and Youth Business Center, Inc.  The multiple co-sponsors, vendors, facilitators and volunteers focused the energies around the theme, “Learning, Growing and Working Together.”  The public was invited to attend and discuss their concerns with legal professionals. 

In addition to sharing information about programs and services, emphasizing the BOB Crime Prevention Program, BOB Staff also conducted a raffle for a gift card to a local grocery store.  Participants needed not be present to win, however all entrants provided contact information on a standard sign-in form.  Congratulations goes to Ms. Yolanda Johnson, the winner of a $20.00 gift card to Winn-Dixie.  Ms. Johnson has been reached and will receive her card in person at the Urban League’s Headquarters, 333 – 31st Street North in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Thank you Momma Tee Lassiter and Dr. H. Shirley for your hospitality and vision for helping the community.  We applaud your contribution and look forward to supporting your future efforts.


Fathers and Education

Fathers can greatly impact the academic attainment of their children.  I am happy to see a magazine devoted to fathers, and the special issue deoted to education is inspirational.  Have a look by clicking on the cover, gain some insight and pass it along…

Helping Students Succeed


We have heard the depressing news that Pinellas County Schools graduate far fewer students than enter the educational pipeline.  While experts argue about the BEST way to educate our youth, most agree that engaging the youth and keeping them interested greatly improves the opportunities for success.  The Academies of Pinellas seek to do just that; engage youth with learning tied to practical applications in careeer fields with current and projected high workforce demands.  This is not a feel-good approach to education.  Academic rigor is assured, but it is framed within a context of vocational preparation.  Kudos to the local experts working to ensure this method of teaching gets fully explored.  On November 8, 2011 the Pinellas County School Board will be considering the adoption of a five-year Master Plan to implement and sustain this method of teaching.  Visit our public documents page to view the draft of the Master Plan in its current form.  Then come out to the meeting and let your voice be heard!

27th Annual Crime Run & Family Festival

Many thanks for supporting our event.  We had lots of volunteers and many man-hours of work invested into bringing you a day of enjoyment.  To ensure our next event is bigger and better, we need your honest feedback.  Please share your thoughts on where we excelled and where we can improve.  If public feedback unnerves you, please feel free to call me at 727.328.1968 or send e-mail to

 Yours  in service,