Be the Change
How It Works
Essentially, we’re offering AMRoC Fab Lab as a meeting and collaboration space for the group to participate in one another’s efforts and host their own, both virtually and onsite (within our COVID-19 safety protocols for the foreseeable future).
Cost – $0
There is no cost to be part of the Collaborative but members are expected to be active and engaged participants, mentoring, teaching, and supporting the Uptown community in various ways.
Quarterly Uptown CC Roundtables
Near the end of September, we’ll hold the first of what will be quarterly Uptown CC Roundtables where members can share projects and programs, along with calls for volunteers, sponsors or other needs. We will also be holding Uptown Stakeholder Focus groups around topics of education, workforce and career, community resources, green spaces and sustainability and more.
Community of Best Practice
We will set shared goals for each quarter, with the aim of building a peer-to-peer network and library of best practices that everyone in the group can access and employ in the service of the Uptown community.
We invite organizations, business and individuals authentically interested in generating positive change in the University Area of Tampa through active engagement in the community to come together to be part of the Uptown Tampa Community Collaborative Work Group.
The operative phrase here is “Work Group” . This is not a social club, nor a shell organization for people to feel better about joining without doing the hard work required to effect meaningful change. While headquartered at AMRoC Fab Lab, we are calling this effort the Uptown Tampa Community Collaborative to keep the focus where it belongs – on the Community.
People cannot be what they cannot see. So we invite you – Black, Hispanic, LGBTQ, People of Color and varied national origins – to be seen, to share your stories, your time, your expertise, to inspire others and help give Uptown residents ownership and authorship of the community they live in. A community’s success is not just good for the community, but for our city and our county and our state and nation.
Members of the Uptown Tampa CC will be expected to:
- Provide mentorship for youth and adult STEM and workforce education programs, youth robotics and our Equity in Entrepreneurship program
- Volunteer at events and programs representing their organizations and speaking to issues of equity and access
- Organize and own at least one meaningful program or project annually at AMRoC Fab Lab that expand access and opportunity for community residents
- Share skills and expertise to help teach and inspire others
- Provide some level of fiscal, material or equipment support for youth and adult programs at AMRoC and Uptown
- Participate actively in quarterly Uptown CC meetings
- Participate in the Forward Cities equity in entrepreneurship ecosystem roadmap development
In return, FCDI/AMRoC Fab Lab will:
- Provide meeting and classroom space for active members, including online meeting and gathering spaces
- Actively community engagement and improvement initiatives organized by members
- Promote member organizations or businesses on our website and social media
- Include member organizations or businesses in program planning opportunities
- Invite member organizations or businesses to be part of grant and funding efforts
If you feel you can be an active, roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-to-work part of the Uptown Tampa Community Collaborative, register here we’ll be in touch soon with information about our inaugural meeting.