Guest Commentary ‘Be Flamazing’ gala shines spotlight on possibilities

By Dawn Montecalvo President of Guadalupe Center As the leader of a nonprofit organization, potential donors and volunteers often ask me to explain Guadalupe Center’s mission. The official mission statement is to “break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.” The dots are easy to connect – a high-quality education is […]

The Immokalee Foundation students need more mentors for advice and fun

NAPLES – Mentorship is an essential part of The Immokalee Foundation’s programs and summer is the time for interested adults to experience how rewarding the mentor relationship can be. “My mentees teach me so much about their cultures, interests and hopes for the future,” said Joni Hodapp, an Immokalee Foundation mentor since March 2018. Caring […]

Guadalupe Center earns fifth consecutive five-star rating

NAPLES – Guadalupe Center has earned its fifth consecutive five-star rating from the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, the only preschool in Collier County to earn five stars every year since 2015. Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program serves more than 300 students ages 6 weeks through 5 years old, culminating with a Pre-K […]

Guadalupe Center students receive free dental screenings

NAPLES – More than 420 students attending Guadalupe Center’s Summer Enrichment Program and Early Childhood Education Program received free dental screenings through a program funded by the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) this summer. One by one, children climbed into exam chairs in July to have their teeth and gums examined by dental hygienists […]

Immokalee sixth graders enjoy an educational expedition

By Kristina O’Hern Special to the Immokalee Bulletin Twenty sixth grade students and eight adult and peer mentors from Immokalee traveled to Apopka, FL on May 25 to participate in a three day educational expedition. During the expedition, students camped at Kelly State Park as part of Florida Dreamcatchers’ annual sixth grade core program. The […]