NAPLES — To drive economic opportunity for individuals and families, Bank of America recently awarded The Immokalee Foundation a $10,000 grant to support its robust career exploration initiatives. The grant was part of Bank of America’s broader initiative to invest in workforce development and education in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.
For more than 30 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 to postsecondary education.
For example, The Immokalee Foundation’s award-winning Career Pathways Program provides new pathways to success and financial independence through career exploration programming that prepares students for well-paying, in-demand professional careers in Business Management & Entrepreneurship, Education & Human Services, Engineering & Construction Management and Healthcare.
“Bank of America’s grant to the Immokalee Foundation is an investment in the financial future of Southwest Florida,” said Immokalee Foundation President and CEO Noemi Y. Perez. “Not only are thousands of our alumni already contributing to our current economy, but countless more are ready to follow in their footsteps. Bank of America is ultimately supporting more than just our career exploration initiatives; they are supporting the economic future of our students and the community at large.”
Through this funding initiative, Bank of America is focused on building pathways to employment by supporting a range of programs and projects at local organizations that offer career service centers, academic support, experiential opportunities, postsecondary education, workshops, and scholarship and financial aid assistance — a goal seemingly tailor-made to the Foundation’s innovative education-based programming.
“The Immokalee Foundation is a testament to how workforce development and educational initiatives can help remove barriers to economic opportunity and drive social progress in Southwest Florida,” said Gerri Moll, president, Bank of America Southwest Florida. “Our partnership is addressing endemic poverty in underserved communities by increasing access to comprehensive postsecondary programming that empowers high school students to achieve their fullest potential.”