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Champions For Learning Announces 2018 -2019 Board of Directors

Champions For Learning announces their 2018-2019 Board of Directors. This group of professionals and community leaders is committed to a vision of a community that is 100% engaged in support of student success.  Champions For Learning serves a unique role, as The Education Foundation of Collier County, in bringing the community together to support a culture of learning and innovation

“Our Board of Directors consists of individuals who are very dedicated to providing life-changing learning experiences to every student,” says Lynn Davidson, Board Chair. “Each board member brings their own expertise and passion to the organization and I am honored to serve among them. These community leaders exemplify that vision of our future in Collier County. “

Members of 2018-19 Board of Directors for Champions For Learning include:

  • Lynn Davidson, Board Chair, Retired Executive Vice President-Time Warner
  • William R. Barker, Immediate Past Chair, Southeast Regional President, USA Today Network and LocaliQ and president of the Naples Daily News and The News-Press
  • Chuck Carlsen, Vice Chair, Owner / CEO – Fluidall, Inc.
  • Beverly Feagin, Vice Chair, Retired Vice President- Securities Analyst & Investor Relations Consultant
  • Nancy Potter, Vice Chair, Founding Member- Nelson Auto Group
  • William M. Burke, Secretary, Attorney- Coleman, Yovanovich & Koester, PA
  • Kenneth P. Thomas, Treasurer, Community President- Huntington Private Bank
  • Danny Pate, At-Large Executive Committee, Vice President of Operations- CenturyLink
  • Mary Beth Geier, At-Large Executive Committee, Florida Director- Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
  • Susan McManus, PresidentChampions For Learning
  • William Beynon, President & CEO- Capital Wealth Advisors
  • Mike Christopher, General Manager at Naples Daily News, and GPS National Sales Director
  • Anne Fleming, General Manager- Waterside Shops
  • Bill Hall, Retired CEO- WL Hall Company
  • Michael Jean-Baptiste, Accountant- Gulfshore Insurance
  • Daniel Lampe, Senior Vice President- Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
  • Stephanie Lucarelli, School Board Vice Chair- Collier County Public Schools
  • Barbara Melvin, Vice President- First Florida Integrity Bank
  • Kamela Patton, Superintendent- Collier County Public Schools
  • Dawna E. Pipersburg, Owner & Manager- Rembrandt Accounting & Tax Services
  • Jacqueline Rodriguez, Vice President of Service Operations- Suncoast Credit Union
  • Martha Rozman, Marketing & Operations- Delta Air Lines
  • Mario Valle, Relationship Manager- PBS Construction Company

Champions For Learning (The Education Foundation of Collier County) has recently been awarded a 4-start rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

This is the sixth time that Champions For Learning has earned this top distinction. The 4-star rating is the highest possible rating and indicates that Champions For Learning adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.

Champions For Learning is among only 23% of the charities evaluated who have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Champions For Learning outperforms most other charities in America.

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Attention 11th Graders and Families

Champions For Learning would like to encourage students in 11th grade, from public or independent high schools, to apply for the College and Career Prep Program.

This program is provided at no cost to students and families thanks to the generous support of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.

Students are provided with:
  • Weekly college and career preparation curriculum in our on-site lab
  • Family workshops on college processes such as applications, financial aid and college planning
  • Naviance, a web-based tool that enables students to stay on track with college access tasks as well as ACT and SAT test preparation

Click here to download an application and eligibility information. Applications are due October 12.

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Champions For Learning Awards more than $66,000 in Grants to Collier County Teachers

Collier County teachers were surprised by Champions For Learning board members, volunteers and supporters as they received funds for their classroom grants.

During the course of the day, Champions For Learning awarded 118 grant checks that totaled $66,867 to 38 schools. The checks will provide teachers with the funds needed to implement creative and innovative learning experiences for students. Click here to see a list of the teachers.

These classroom grants were requested by Collier County teachers through the online grant portal on Champions For Learning’s website. The community can go to the website and fund requests (up to $2,000).  This online grant program began in 2003, to enable the community to support teachers.

Thanks to a charitable gift from Suncoast Credit Union, which supports the technology and capacity for the classroom grant portal, 100% of community contribution goes into supporting teacher grants.

The following provided significant contributions to fund specific teacher grants:  Suncoast Credit Union, Florida License to Learn License Plate Fund, Lucie Jenny MacCarthy Music Fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County, Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope, W.I.N.G.S., and Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Help provide life-changing learning experiences to students! There are still opportunities to fund a teacher’s great idea. Click here to support local classrooms today! You can also help fund Classroom Grants through the License to Learn Fund (Florida Education Tag). Collier County community members can buy the new version of the tag in late October. $20 of the annual $25 fee is donated to Champions For Learning and 100% of the funds support classroom grants.

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Champions For Learning Earns Highest 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

Strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned Champions For Learning (The Education Foundation of Collier County, Inc), a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

This is the sixth time that Champions For Learning has earned this top distinction. The 4-star rating is the highest possible rating and indicates that Champions For Learning adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.

Champions For Learning is among only 23% of the charities evaluated who have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Champions For Learning outperforms most other charities in America.

“Champions For Learning’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds Champions For Learning to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Champions For Learning.”

“We are extremely proud to be receiving a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator,” says Lynn Davidson, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Our Board of Directors and staff are committed to ensuring that the investments from the community create life-changing learning experiences for every student in Collier County.”

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Calling All Volunteers!

Want to support our students with your time? Here are a few volunteer opportunities that can fit any time commitment.
  • Take Stock in Children Mentor: Give guidance to the same student and change their life with the gift of your time (a minimum of 15 sessions a school year).
  • Financial Aid Volunteer: Become trained to help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during FSA ID Labs and FAFSA Completion Events (Fall 2018)
  • College and Career Coach: Help students in group settings on a periodic or short term basis to learn about career pathways, goal-setting, and employability/foundational skills. (Ongoing student lab opportunities)
To learn more contact Rachel Welch at (239) 643-4755 or RWelch@ChampionsForLearning.org
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Classroom Grants Portal Now Open

Champions For Learning’s Classroom Grants: Find It & Fund It, Collier portal is now open for the community to fund classroom projects that Collier teachers have submitted for the 2018-2019 school year.

This online grant program began in 2003, to enable the community to support teachers. Thanks to a charitable gift from Suncoast Credit Union, which supports the technology and capacity for the classroom grant portal, 100% of community contributions go directly to support teacher grants. This portal allows the community to view and fund classroom grants.

Classroom Grants are also funded through the License for Learning Fund (Florida Education Tag). Community members can buy this specialty license plate in Collier County. $20 of the annual $25 fee is donated to Champions For Learning and 100% of the funds support classroom grants.

The support provided through both the Classroom Grant Fund portal and the License for Learning tag will give teachers the funds needed to implement creative and innovative learning experiences for their students. The community can view classroom grants at FindItFundItFlorida.com/Collier

Champions For Learning encourages teachers to continue posting requests for community consideration and funding through March 2019. Teachers who are new to the process may contact Amy Snyder at ASnyder@ChampionsForLearning.org for more information.

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Join Champions For Learning’s Team

Community Engagement Coordinator

Champions For Learning is seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator to coordinate the outreach and onboarding process for prospective volunteers and donors to ensure they become fully engaged in the mission.  Job requirements include four-year degree, strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills, along with proven ability to build relationships.

Director of Development

Join the team at Champions For Learning to plan and execute corporate sponsorships, donor communications for small gifts, key fundraising events and acknowledgements. Requirements include four-year degree, strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills, along with development experience at a not for profit.

 

Submit resumes to HR@ChampionsForLearning.org

 

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Future Ready Collier Partners Recognized By The Florida College Access Network

The Future Ready Collier network of partners was recognized recently as an Unsung Hero of Community Resilience for the local efforts post-Irma to ensure that children and families stayed on track with their educational goals in the aftermath of the hurricane.  Lisa Church, Vice President Champions For Learning accepted the award on behalf of the partners at the recent FCAN Summit.

The Florida Unsung Heroes of Resilience Awards honors leaders throughout the state who helped students navigate an uncommonly tumultuous year.

During the 2017-18 school year, Florida students not only had to cope with damages to their homes and neighborhoods because of Hurricane Irma, but also had thousands of displaced students from Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean being integrated into their schools mid-year. Additionally, the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shattered the sense of safety for students in Parkland and beyond.

“This award is in recognition of Florida community members who went above and beyond the call to support students impacted by extraordinary events that challenged our state over the past school year,” said Kathy McDonald, FCAN’s Assistant Director for Network Partnerships.

Future Ready Collier (futurereadycollier.org) is a network of local partners working to ensure every child is ready for Kindergarten, and every young person is career ready by graduating high school on track to obtain a degree or credential.  Champions For Learning, the Education Foundation of Collier County, is the backbone organization facilitating this collaborative effort.

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In-Demand Careers Scholars Program Participants Announced

Champions For Learning in partnership with The Florida Prepaid College Foundation is happy to announce that four students have been selected for the In-Demand Careers Scholars Program in Collier County. This program’s goal is to develop a trained workforce with entrepreneurial skills to be competitive to enter high-demand career fields in Florida.

“We’re excited to partner with Champions For Learning and bring this opportunity to the students in Collier County,” says Cynthia O’Connell, Foundation Executive at Florida Prepaid College Foundation. “It was great to meet these ambitious students and their families. We look forward to celebrating all of their future accomplishments.”

The four high school juniors are Jessica Bautista (Lorenzo Walker Technical High School), Jaslynette Burgos (Mason Classical Academy), Jamie Etienne (Lorenzo Walker Technical High School), and Sheryl Maxime (Lorenzo Walker Technical High School).

These students will be awarded a Florida Prepaid 2-Year Florida College Plan scholarship.  In addition, they will receive support from their advocate in weekly Champions College and Career Prep Program labs throughout their junior and senior year of high school, and continued support through college graduation and entry into the workforce.

“We are extremely honored to pilot this program,” says Susan McManus, President of Champions For Learning. “Through the collaborative partnership we have developed with Florida Prepaid College Foundation, we look forward to expanding this opportunity to support students in Collier County in a new way.”

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Class of 2019! Attend a Rising Senior Workshop!

Registration is open for the Class of 2019 to attend Champions For Learning’s Rising Senior Workshops this summer.

As part of an ongoing goal to ensure all Collier County students are equipped and prepared for their future learning and career goals, Champions For Learning offers a variety of community-based college and career readiness resources.

These three Rising Senior Workshops are provided at no cost to students and families thanks to the generous support of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. Collier County rising seniors (Class of 2019) and their parents will receive information about the college access process, financial aid, and scholarship resources on local college campuses. (Florida SouthWestern State College, Lorenzo Walker Technical College, and Florida Gulf Coast University)

Each session will cover a different topic and include a campus tour and a presentation from that school’s admission/financial aid team. All workshops are 9am-12pm. Spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Pre-registration is required. To register for one or more of the workshops click here.

The workshops are listed below.

  • The Application Process
    • Date: Saturday, June 2nd
    • Location: Florida SouthWestern State College- Collier Campus
    • Capacity: 150
  • The Financial Aid Process
    • Date: Saturday, June 23rd
    • Location: Lorenzo Walker Technical College
    • Capacity: 150
  • Scholarships
    • Date: Saturday, July 21st
    • Location: Florida Gulf Coast University
    • Capacity: 150
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