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Causes: Civil Rights, Education

Mission: LI4E works to support innovation in the community.

Results: LIFE continues to provide real time, hands on learning opportunities in Tampa Bay.. Our accomplishments to date include: *Leading development of the Community Innovation Center in Tampa Bay *Hosting ROBOCON Tampa Bay, the area's first K-12 FIRST robotics showcase, college & career expo for FIRST students and the general public

Target demographics: our community

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 400 people statewide.

Geographic areas served: Tampa Bay area, Florida, and nationwide

Programs: The Community Innovation Center

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Dead in the water. Surprised this listing hasn't been removed yet. It's inaccurate, misleading and, as such, a perfect representation of the individuals who took it over and ran it into the ground.

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9 FIRSTinFL

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

In a surprising turn around this once open, creative and highly collaborative nonprofit has become closed and insular, adopting a top down administrative model that through micromanagement and attrition has effectively cut off communications within the community and with program partners. Additionally, there are now serious potential conflict of interest concerns with a too close affiliation between the nonprofit and a for profit venture from whose offices the nonprofit now operates. Sadly, I urge caution to potential partners and constituents, and certainly to donors.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a retired media specialist and have had the opportunity to observe LIFE, Inc. activities for about ten years. This is an amazing group with ever-widening interests. Originally a home-schoolers' group, it now serves the whole spectrum of life-long learners, providing resources and opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. If I ever have a question about where to find an answer LIFE, Inc's website is one of my first stops. With their new involvement with Makers, they have opened a new window on the world for me.

1 Jeanene A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LIFE is anvery helpful organization! Their message of "learning outside of the box" is a message being well received. They work with the public and teach people to take charge of their families education. They offer so many opportunities for both public and private resources.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LIFE is an amazing organization with a wonderful mission. Imagine an organization dedicated to empowering people to take charge of their education - that of themselves and their children. The vision presented, one of allowing people to pick and choose among educational opportunites - whether in public schools, private schools, libraries, museums, and blend the best to customize an individually designed program. That was the initial focus of LIFE. Its website and other outreach (LIFEFest, for example), provide invaluable information, and their intent to provide these resources at free or low cost aids all members of the community.