At The Immokalee Foundation, we put students first. Our primary goal is to better the lives of Immokalee students — a goal made easier by the Immokalee students’ enthusiasm and intelligence. Therefore, we’re taking the time to recognize these students on an individual basis. This week, we’re pleased to introduce you to Ojette Bonhomme, a 17-year-old Immokalee student who is excited about her future and the work that TIF has done in her life.
How long have you lived in Immokalee?
I have lived in Immokalee for 17 years, all my life.
What challenges have you faced?
Growing up, I faced many challenges. It’s hard to keep track because everyday is a challenge; some for better, others for worse.
How did your relationship with The Immokalee Foundation begin?
I found out about The Immokalee Foundation through Mrs. Elda Hernandez, who works with Vocational Success. She, as well as Mrs. Noemi Perez, has helped me and motivated me. My relationship with The Immokalee Foundation is great.
Has The Immokalee Foundation changed your life?
The truth is, meeting the people in The Immokalee Foundation has changed my life. I now see a brighter future for myself, and I am truly as dedicated to school as I ought to be. TIF has directly affected my life because since I got into high school, I’ve been thinking about how I was going to go to college, and if my parents were going to be able to afford to send me.
Before The Immokalee Foundation, I was a 3.5 GPA student with little motivation. But with TIF, now I am 100% motivated and have become a 3.8 GPA student. I am now ranked 30 in a class which consists of 320 students, and I’m motivated to be in the top 20 when I graduate.
Where do you see yourself in the near future?
In ten years, I see myself doing whatever positive thing I’m destined to do. It’s hard to plan the future when you don’t know what to expect. I just hope to still be living and enjoying every bit of my life.