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RICH House 

WHAT:                More than two dozen children in the Tampa Police Department’s RICH House after-school program will join Jacobs Engineering firm volunteers for an interactive lesson on transportation infrastructure and equipment.

WHEN:               Tuesday, November 19  4 p.m.—6 p.m.

WHERE:              Tampa Police Department Robles Park RICH House, 3305 North Avon Avenue, Tampa


Children in the Tampa Police Department’s Resources in Community Hope (RICH) House program are learning firsthand how their neighborhoods run on STEM thanks to a partnership with Jacobs Engineering.  Chief Brian Dugan and his staff will cheer on students as they complete their final project with engineering experts on November 19.  During the project, students will learn about transportation infrastructure around the city while building heavy equipment models from Legos.

This final project on transportation wraps up a three-part educational series on science, technology, engineering and math.  Jacobs Engineering employees designed the series with the police department to bring STEM education and careers to the at-risk kids the RICH House program serves.  Previous projects in the interactive series included creating edible aquifers and using PVC pipes to design a stormwater drainage system for the Robles Park neighborhood.

"Our RICH House program is more than an after-school safe haven, it's a beacon of hope and opportunity for kids in challenging situations,” said Chief Brian Dugan.

 “We're very appreciative of Jacobs Engineering for sharing in our vision of investing in these young lives, while giving them a safe alternative to the streets."

The RICH House STEM program also highlights key parts of Mayor Jane Castor’s strategic initiatives. 

"First, thank you to Jacobs Engineering for hosting this program,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “I am so excited to see the results of this 3-part STEM series. By pursuing a career in the STEM field, these at-risk youth are exposed to more job opportunities post-graduation. “

“You often hear me say, Tampa’s going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in my lifetime, but with all of the growth comes a responsibility to upgrade and replace our foundation through our PIPES ($2.9 billion water/wastewater infrastructure project), Storm H2O (Stormwater assessment fee), and Tampa MOVES (Transportation/All for Transportation investments). That’s why educating our younger generation in STEM jobs is incredibly valuable. I look forward to continuing this program and more cultivating many more throughout my administration. When we invest in our younger generation we ensure that together, we will Transform Tampa’s Tomorrow.”

Jacobs Engineering

Jacobs leads the global professional services sector delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity.   Jacobs has a long-standing passion for supporting innovative STEM education programs for students of all ages, all around the world. 

Tampa Police Department RICH House Program

The Tampa Police Department's Resources in Community Hope (RICH) House program serves as a safe haven for kids in the city's most economically challenged areas.  The department currently operates two sites--Sulphur Springs and Robles Park.  Each location is ran by a Tampa Police officer who serves as a role model, tutor and liaison between residents and the police department.  The sites offer after-school and summer school programming, in addition to access to family social services.