$30k raised for Academy Prep Center in matching-gift challenge

$30k raised for Academy Prep Center in matching-gift challenge

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Update, 8/12: Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg today announced the Matching Gift Challenge has been met with a total contribution of $33,625.00, made possible by members of the Dynasty Financial Partners network and the local St. Petersburg community. This generous contribution will provide Academy Prep graduates with guidance and financial support throughout high school and college as they grow to become independent community leaders.

Dynasty Financial Partners and Academy Prep commemorated the success of the $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge this past Saturday, August 6th with an official check presentation during the school’s Annual Graduate Reunion, also sponsored by Dynasty.

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Original story: St. Pete-based WealthTech firm Dynasty Financial Partners has announced a drive to raise upwards of $20K for Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg’s Graduate Support Services. Academy Prep is a transformative, not-for-profit middle school in St. Pete that helps economically disadvantaged children utilize and value their education.

This innovative education initiative between Academy Prep and Dynasty Financial Partners will help ensure continued support for Academy Prep’s graduates for as long as eight years as they continue into high school and college. Now through August 6th, Dynasty Financial Partners will match all gifts made to Academy Prep, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000.

This contribution will provide that necessary guidance and financial support for Academy Prep scholars and graduates as they grow to become independent community leaders. To make a gift to Academy Prep that will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Dynasty Financial Partners please visit academyprep.org/stpete.

Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg is a private, non-profit organization serving south St. Pete, a community that has long endured the disadvantages of generational poverty and inequitable educational opportunities. The tuition-free middle school’s mission is to inspire and empower students qualifying for need-based scholarships to become future community leaders through a rigorous middle school program coupled with ongoing graduate support.

Academy Prep readies St. Pete middle schoolers for successful futures

An integral part of the Academy Prep model, Graduate Support works closely with scholars for up to eight years through high school and college, monitoring their academic progress, and helping to address any challenges in their academic or personal lives ensuring successful transitions and outcomes. Through intensive nurturing and guidance, Graduate Support emphasizes focus on positive life choices, a college-going culture, and the development of life goals while ensuring that students master academic and enrichment courses at the highest levels.

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“Like Dynasty Financial Partners, Academy Prep’s Graduate Support also powers independence by developing well-rounded, educated, and responsible adults, who are equipped to fulfill their roles as community leaders, and in turn will have a positive social and economic impact on our communities. We are grateful for this generous gift to our program from such a committed and dedicated community partner,” said Desmond Baker, Director of Graduate Support at Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg.

Dynasty Financial Partners is a leading WealthTech firm based in St. Pete, and is well known as the industry advocate for independent financial advisors, helping them succeed through powering their firms. The company’s mission is to help advisors achieve their entrepreneurial dream of building a more successful enterprise defined by their ability to deliver high-quality, customized financial advice to their clients. Dynasty provides a variety of resources such as operations and billing, technology, marketing and compliance so the independent RIAs can focus on what matters most, their clients.

“At Dynasty, we are extremely passionate about financial literacy and deeply committed to the community of St. Petersburg,” said Mason Salit, Chief Talent Officer of Dynasty. “We had the opportunity to partner with Academy Prep and Electus on their new Earn, Invest, Save and Spend program. After seeing first hand the impact on the students, we knew Academy Prep was an organization we wanted to partner with and an effective way to invest in our community.”

Dynasty Financial Partners and Academy Prep will commemorate this Matching Gift Challenge on Saturday, August 6th at 11:30 am with an official check presentation during the school’s Annual Graduate Reunion, and held on campus located at 2301 22nd Avenue South.

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