Each year, TIF’s College Success program partners with the Ave Maria University (AMU) to provide a “Boot Camp” for Immokalee’s incoming college freshmen. This year, 18 Immokalee students attended the three day camp, which was held at AMU. Five TIF college students volunteered 30 hours to help mentor incoming students. These volunteers prepared incoming freshmen for the college experience by offering gateway classes in writing, reading, and math.
Some days, students were treated to a guest speaker. Among them:
- a respected professor of biology from AMU who discussed the importance of dissecting a college syllabus
- current college students who discussed the college transition
- Florida Gulf Coast University’s Director of Community Outreach Isaac Brundage, who discussed important tips for freshman
- (need a first name) Edison, who presented each student with a certificate of completion
At the end of their session, students took a college placement exam. Collectively, their scores went up and many tested into non-remedial classes.
As the program wrapped up, students filled out anonymous surveys, and the overwhelming consensus was that they found the program extremely beneficial. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to team up with AMU to make a difference in the lives of Immokalee’s next generation.