In Career Development

The Immokalee Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a $40,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation of Collier County. These funds will support girls participating in the Foundation’s Middle School Program.

The Immokalee Foundation’s award-winning Career Pathways program offers a broad curriculum for Immokalee middle and high school students to place them on pathways to well-paying, in-demand careers in Southwest Florida in four employment sectors: Engineering & Construction Management, Education & Human Services, Healthcare, and Business Management & Entrepreneurship.

The Career Pathways program introduces career choices to middle school girls at a very critical juncture. The girls come from families with very limited options, making this program necessary for them to escape intergenerational poverty. Career Pathways empowers them to imagine a different future and make the right decisions to achieve it.

“The Women’s Foundation of Collier County has generously supported our middle school girls for three years in a row,” observed Noemi Y. Perez, President and CEO of The Immokalee Foundation.

“The middle school years often represent an extraordinarily vulnerable time for young girls. Through their continued support, the Women’s Foundation is helping to turn these three impressionable years into an extended period of growth and development. We couldn’t be more grateful.”

The Women’s Foundation of Collier County awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. Funding is made possible by donors who believe in the Women’s Foundation and its ability to identify and grant to the most pressing needs of women and girls in Collier County.

“On behalf of the Board of The Women’s Foundation of Collier County as well as our passionate donors, it is our honor to be able to provide support for this important program,” said Brenda O’Connor, Women’s Foundation Board Chair. “We look forward to the successful futures of these young women.”

About The Immokalee Foundation: For more than 32 years, The Immokalee Foundation has been preparing the next generation of leaders through a 100% focus on education, career readiness, and professional development for students in Immokalee—from kindergarten through postsecondary education. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, become a mentor, volunteer as a career panel speaker or host, donate, or include the Foundation in your will, please call 239-430-9122 or visit   

About the Women’s Foundation of Collier County: The Women’s Foundation of Collier County (WFCC), established in 1996, is a field-of-interest fund administered by the Collier Community Foundation. Its mission is to be a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls in Collier County through grantmaking, advocacy, and education. WFCC has granted over $900,000 to local women’s programs and organizations. Learn more at

Recent Posts

Start typing and press Enter to search