Hope for the Future Challenge


Due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, the deadline for this challenge has been extended to November 30th, 2020 - we are still accepting submissions!  School participation is not a requirement.  We encourage all homebound students to get creative!  Sibling/family/group submissions are welcome and encouraged.


The Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot is Official!

And YOU can help educate our community! Whether you are a parent, teacher or just friend of a Tampa Bay area schoolchild, you can challenge a local student to learn more about this significant Hope Spot designation and think about how they can help to keep it healthy.  Participating students, schools, and teachers will receive special recognition.

What is the Challenge?

Submit the most creative solution to keep our Hope Spot healthy for a chance to win one of fifteen $100 prizes!

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Click here for the application


Eligibility: All school students in Pinellas County and Tampa Bay region  are eligible. This can be a class, club, individual, or school-wide challenge. Social distancing?  Family/sibling projects welcome.

Deadline Extended!  New deadline November 30th, 2020 - Submissions received by previously set deadline of April 30th, 2020 will have a chance to win an "early bird award."   Projects must be submitted online.  See instructions in the application form above.  Awards will be presented publicly at a time and location TBD.

Awards: This is a multi-city challenge.  Fifteen $100 awards will be given to Pinellas County and Tampa Bay area students/teams. Schools and teachers that elect to participate will also be publicly recognized and have the chance to win one of three additional $100 prizes.  See application form for details.

More info on Hope Spots: Hope Spots are special places determined to be vital to the health of the oceans. The oceans are critical to the health of the planet, so the Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot is a place that deserves our attention! More information about our Hope Spot can be found here:

- Mission Blue and Dr. Sylvia Earle declare the Florida Gulf Coast a "Hope Spot"

- Special characteristics of our Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot

Special thanks: Thank you to Mission Blue organization for their tireless work to establish Hope Spots around the world. And thank you to the Tampa Bay Estuary Program for their generous mini-grant to make this challenge a success!


Contact: For more information, please contact Blue-Green Connections at info@bluegreenconnections.org.


Sophia Harmon-Greene!!  Sophia received the first of the fifteen prizes we have to award.  She submitted the most influential project prior to the original deadline of April 30th, 2020.  Sophia, a seventh grader from Dunedin Middle School, takes home the Early Bird Award for the Hope for the Future Challenge. Congratulations, Sophia Harmon-Greene, for your creative and inspiring project!  We appreciate you encouraging others to protect our Hope Spot.  You can change the world.  Keep up the great work!