Bank of America awards $7,500 grant to TIF program

NAPLES – The Immokalee Foundation has received a $7,500 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support the Career Development program, a multifaceted curriculum that introduces Immokalee youth to potential occupations, business etiquette and networking, and matches students with adult mentors in the community. The foundation’s Career Development program empowers Immokalee’s youth to […]

Students from TIF learn about careers in film

NAPLES – Students from The Immokalee Foundation recently learned about career fields in the film industry during a SON Studios career day. SON Studios is a self-described “group that’s committed to positively influencing society by creating enriching, entertaining media.” To nurture upcoming talent on- and off-camera, SON sponsored a visit at Wyndemere County Club for […]

The Immokalee Foundation launches new website with focus on student success stories

NAPLES – Visitors to The Immokalee Foundation’s new website at https://immokaleefoundation.org have the chance to meet several program participants and graduates through videos, photos and testimonials. On the home page, a prompt connects visitors to a video featuring students at various levels of success, including professionals who have achieved the ultimate goal of financial independence […]

TIF students receive expert support at event

NAPLES – A recent networking reception introduced students in The Immokalee Foundation’s programs to more than 20 Southwest Florida professionals from a variety of career fields. The event, held in the offices of the Community Foundation of Collier County, also gave students practical experience in meeting, greeting and conversing in a business environment. Thirty Immokalee […]

The League Club grants $10,000 to The Immokalee Foundation’s Immokalee Readers program

NAPLES – The Immokalee Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from Southwest Florida’s League Club to support its Immokalee Readers program. Immokalee Readers is an after-school early intervention literacy tutoring program designed to help the lowest-performing young readers by supplementing their regular classroom instruction in reading. The tutors are high school students supervised by certified […]

TIF appoints Noemi Perez as new executive director

The board of directors of The Immokalee Foundation has appointed long-time foundation employee Noemi Perez as the organization’s executive director effective July 1, 2018. Steven Kissinger, who has served as the foundation’s executive director since 2014, will assume the position of vice president of Take Stock in Children of Florida on July 1. Perez, who […]

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 […]