1,000 Voices

Welcome to 1,000 Voices

Listening to the community is an important value for anyone seeking to make meaningful change.

Today, we are embarking on another Listening Tour to help inform our plans for the Health Equity Center—a resource for health equity in south Pinellas County. Led by Communications and Engagement Specialist Kyandra Darling, a team of community residents are asking people from all walks of life to join us in envisioning a healthier and more equitable community. We’re collecting all this valueable feedback to help shape plans for the Center. A few are spotlighted here.

If you would like to share your vision for a more equitable Pinellas county, contact Kyandra Darling to schedule a photoshoot after COVID-19 social distancing orders have been lifted, or click the "Add My Voice!" button below to share a quote.

Add My Voice!
Linda Cade

Linda Cade

Writer, artist, mother, grandmother, friend, neighbor

I would like to see ongoing conversations across races, religions, SES, genders, sexual orientations, etc. I would like to feel part of a community where it is understood that there is no is and them. It’s an arbitrary concept. We are all just individuals that want to figure out where we can feel loved and accepted.

Jason Bryant

Jason Bryant

President and CEO, New Era Thinking

I’d like to see more collaboration on things that matter, like equipping the next generation with more meaningful skill sets and life skills.

Jocelyn Howard

Jocelyn Howard

Manager, Grow Smarter Initiative

I’d like to see St. Pete flourish in a way that brings voice, opportunity, and good health to everyone who lives here.

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith

Programs & Events Manager, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

I’d like to live in a community with wider acceptance and investment in workplace health and its impact on our community.

Marketa Teal

Marketa Teal

Student, USF St. Petersburg

I would like to see our community move from talking about suffering and struggling, to talking about living and prosperity. Let’s change the dialogue!

Da’Juh Sawyer and Dontreal Fletcher

Da’Juh Sawyer and Dontreal Fletcher

Founders, The Make it Out Foundation Inc

“We’d like to see our young African American adolescents view each other as brother and sister instead of competitors and rivals.”

Michael Funsch

Michael Funsch

Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager

“I wish every child lived in a stable home environment that fostered the learning of educational and life skills, which gave them the opportunity for a career to provide the same benefits for their children.”

Ariel Canchani

Ariel Canchani

Marketing & Communications Coordinator, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce

“I’d like to be a part of a community that thrives on open-mindedness, deliberately stepping outside of our personal perspectives.”

Charles Imbergamo

Charlie Imbergamo, CFRE

Director of Strategic Programs, Nonprofit Leadership Center

“I’d love to see a community where we no longer criminalize poverty; where we lift up every human person!”

Chris Matt

Chris Matt

Owner, The Fadin’ Cave

“I would like to see programs and resources that provide all people with access to well-paying jobs.”

Madeline Manlove

Madeline Manlove

Executive Director, SailFuture

“I would like to see more focus and money spent on holistically supporting struggling families—to meet them where they are and work to find realistic solutions.”

Sean Kennedy

Sean Kennedy

Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Community Development/Greenhouse Manager St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce

“I’d like to see all of the city come together to equitably create wealth throughout the community.”

Clayton Sizemore

Clayton Sizemore

Senior Instructor/Chairman, Urban Yoga Florida

“I’d like to see the community becoming more mindful, changing the vibration one breath at a time.”

Ginger Quarterman

Ginger Quarterman

Manager, Beauty Depot

“I would like to see multi-generational opportunities and resources to provide a solid foundation for all.”

Dr. Christopher Warren

Dr. Christopher Warren

Director, SpringZone St. Pete

“I would like to see the creation of city, county and private sector intergenerational mentorship programs.”

Haley Rademacher

Haley Rademacher

Grow Smarter Initiative Coordinator

“I believe every parent in our community should have the support needed to raise healthy babies and children.”

Lucy Lancheros, M.Ed

Lucy Lancheros, M.Ed

Instructional Staff Developer for Equity and CRT, Pinellas County Schools

“I believe every student in our schools should have a joyous learning experience where they feel a sense of belonging.”

Kimberly MS Skukalek, M. Ed.

Kimberly MS Skukalek, M. Ed.

Instructional Staff Developer for Equity and CRT, Pinellas County Schools

“I would like to see teachers who have empathy for who their students are and the truth of their lived experience.”

Allyn Brown

Allyn Brown

Lakewood High School Student

“I would love to see less homelessness in our community and more places for people to live.”

Karin Butterfield

Karin Butterfield

Justice Reform Coordinator

“I would love to see a community with fair and equitable treatment for all, with no exceptions.”