The Immokalee Foundation students are sailors for a day on Sweet Liberty catamaran

Students in The Immokalee Foundation’s programs spent a recent Saturday on a 53-foot sailing catamaran in the Gulf of Mexico on an outing sponsored by Harry and Deborah Debes of Naples, who are longtime supporters of the nonprofit. Aboard the Sweet Liberty, 24 students enjoyed their first experience on a sailboat. They boarded the 44-passenger […]

TIF academy teaches students about the environment

Students in The Immokalee Foundation’s Middle School Summer Academy learned about complicated, delicate ecosystems during a June outing to the CREW Land & Water Trust. The goal for the visit – part of the foundation’s Junior Academy program – was to introduce young students to various environmental conditions and how scientists work in them. Students […]

The Immokalee Foundation’s Engage Summer Academy

Twenty-eight students recently spent six weeks learning new skills and solving community problems in the Engage Summer Academy, a new social entrepreneurship offered in The Immokalee Foundation’s College Success initiative. The academy was free to attend, and students earned college scholarship money for their efforts. Students first conducted a needs assessment for the Immokalee community. […]

TIF receives a boost from Bank of America

The Immokalee Foundation’s Career Development program recently received a $7,500 boost from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. In announcing the award, Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor Jamie Andersen said, “It is through awesome work done by dedicated agencies like yours that help lift up our local communities. We’re proud to support The […]

TIF takes 25 students on tour of five Florida colleges

Twenty-five high school juniors who participate in The Immokalee Foundation programs recently spent three days touring Florida college campuses to prepare for the next phase of their lives. During spring break from classes at Immokalee High School, the students kept their minds on education as they were introduced to the University of Central Florida, University […]

The Immokalee Foundation earns an excellence award

The Immokalee Foundation has earned Take Stock in Children’s Gold Level of Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year. “The Immokalee Foundation exceeded target in 10 performance categories,” said Jillian Hasner, Take Stock in Children president and CEO. “We applaud the hardworking mentors, staff and supporters on another year of phenomenal service for the students […]

TIF’s computer lab receives a major upgrade

The Immokalee Foundation’s student computer lab just received a major upgrade thanks to the generosity of Southwest Florida’s League Club. The club awarded the foundation $8,000 through a grant from its Community Trust Fund at its April Briefcase Breakfast, sponsored by Northern Trust. The grant, along with a boost from a private donor, enabled the […]

Record number of students honored at TIF’s graduation

The largest group of graduates in The Immokalee Foundation’s 25-year history was celebrated May 9 at a dinner at Ave Maria University. Among them were 67 high school graduates, 41 graduates of traditional post-secondary programs, and five graduates of the Heavy Equipment Mechanics program. Students were joined by their families, friends, foundation staff and volunteers, […]

Seven students attend summer camp in Maine

While many programs of The Immokalee Foundation focus on helping students inside the classroom, the organization’s board members and staff understand that not all learning experiences take place at a desk. For several years, The Immokalee Foundation has provided students the chance to attend Kingsley Pines summer camp in Raymond, Maine – an experience that […]

Two volunteers from TIF honored for distinguished service

An Immokalee High School senior and a longtime supporter of The Immokalee Foundation have been honored by the Everglades Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Daniel Gonzalez-Vasquez, named 2016 Outstanding Philanthropic Youth, was honored for giving generously of his time to help others. Celebrated for being a passionate leader in fundraising, Don O’Neill was […]