All students, whether at UF or in local K-12 schools, should have access to the resources they need to succeed in life.
Apply your skills to helping children in Gainesville, or learn new ones from experienced leaders who are making a difference in the community.
Make a Difference with Us
The Gainesville Thrives student club was founded with a mission to provide students with opportunities to grow their skills and leave a positive impact on the city of Gainesville.
Through training, workshops, and mentorships with local community leaders, club members are able to serve those in need locally, improve their skills, and foster a strong desire to do good in whatever field they find themselves in. Members may contribute as tutors, book readers, and other volunteer positions to directly promote and provide equal literacy to all the children of Gainesville, leaving an impact that lasts longer than the few semesters a student spends at the University of Florida.
Just a few miles east of UF campus, thousands of children struggle with learning and literacy. In some of the elementary schools in this area, less than one in three 3rd-graders have basic reading skills.
Learn New Skills or
Develop Current Skills
Develop skills such as grant writing, community outreach, office management, and business development. Or, enhance your portfolio with graphic design, photography, and more; all while serving others.
Volunteer together with friends or make new ones along the way! Connect with fellow students, local leaders, and others who are helping Gainesville Thrive, now and into the future.
Volunteering and Internships
Find the best fit for you and your schedule and grow with us! All UF students are invited to join the club, regardless of year or major. If you're interested in signing up, use the form down below.
Through partnerships with other local service organizations, club members are able to tutor or mentor directly in schools or after school programs. Get in touch to learn about the latest opportunities and get connected!
Club members are also able to participate in an internship with Gainesville Thrives for periods of a semester or longer. Help get books in the hands of children in need, create materials to spread awareness, learn how a nonprofit works, and more. There's something for students from every major! All are welcome to sit in on a meeting and learn more before making any commitment.
Specific details are listed here: https://www.gainesvillethrives.org/positions