Community-Based Program

The Community-Based Program is offered for teenage youth in the Tampa Bay area to have the opportunity to share their individual hopes and fears in a safe environment. Through structured activities, the youth learn from their mentors, their peers, and themselves. They are given the tools to build their intellectual, emotional, and relational capacity and construct an identity based on respect, accountability, and responsibility so they can embark on the path to manhood unfettered.

According to a study completed by the National Dropout Prevention Center in collaboration with Clemson University, “at-risk youth are at greater risk for not completing school due to lack of bonding with school, community, and family (Hammond, Linton, Smith & Drew, 2007).” A child is arrested every 20 seconds, every 11 seconds a high school student drops out of high school, and every minute a child is born to a teen mother. Furthermore, 1 in 15 teenagers ages 16 to 19 is a high school dropout. (Children’s Defense Fund, 2012)

Gentlemen’s Quest of Tampa Inc. recognizes that multiple risk factors across several domains should be addressed wherever possible to increase the likelihood that the program will produce positive results. As a result, our program endeavors to foster weekly experiences that result in enhanced relationships, increased school performance, strengthened family connections, and positive contributions to society.

Goals:

Improve student achievement, with the focus on bringing the participating students to grade level in reading and mathematics.

Ensure the accessibility, affordability, and accountability of higher education, and inspire students to challenge themselves academically and prepare for employment and future learning.

Shape students into critical thinkers and confident graduates with excellent leadership abilities, communication skills, and professionalism in order to be productive citizens.

Tamara Fisher

“Gentlemen’s Quest is awesome. Love It! ❤️ I expect nothing but excellence from this program.”

Tamara Fisher

Parent

Miston Nelson

“GQ taught me how to be professional and how to succeed as a black man. Mr.Myrick helped me stay on top of everything from school, to getting accepted into college, to life in general. I learned how to be a leader, manage money, and lead by example.”

Miston Nelson

2021 Graduate

Elijah Mosley

“GQ impacted me so much that it made me want to not settle and strive for more in life. The program opened my eyes to so much in life that I’m pursuing my dreams.”

Elijah Mosley

2019 Graduate

Axel Nunez Perez

“Not only did the Gentlemen’s Quest pay my tuition in school, they provided mentorship and support in the times that I needed them the most.”

Axel Nunez Perez

2021 Graduate

Donovan Terry

“GQ has helped me to become a more responsible and mature young man. It helped me find solutions for problems that can make an impact on myself and around the world.”

Donovan Terry

11th Grade Student

Sign your son up for the 2024-2025 school year:

We will only accept 25 high school male students each year. Once we are full, your student’s name will be placed on the waiting list. The waiting list will not roll over to the new school year. However, if a student is dismissed from the program for any reason, a new student from the waiting list will be added.