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Emily Budd-Schepperly is Future Ready Collier’s First Dedicated Director

Champions For Learning is pleased to announce that Emily Budd-Schepperly has joined the staff team in the newly created role of Future Ready Collier Director.

In this role, Emily provides leadership, management, and coordination for the implementation of the Future Ready Collier network, administered through the backbone support of Champions For Learning. Future Ready Collier is a collective impact network of more than 60 organizations, businesses, schools, and community members working to ensure every child in Collier County, Florida is ready for kindergarten, every student is supported during their school years, and every young person enters adulthood with a vision, and plan to accomplish that vision. Budd-Schepperly will manage and lead network initiatives and objectives of Future Ready Collier.

As a native of Collier County, Budd-Schepperly brings 10 years nonprofit leadership experience. She comes to Future Ready Collier from the David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) as their Director of Development. During her five years at the David Lawrence Centers, she was responsible for driving philanthropic revenue to the organization. She has been facilitating a youth mental health awareness program in collaboration with Collier County Public Schools. This work included utilizing DLC donors and resources to support programs within the school settings.

“We are very excited to have a standout leader with Ms. Budd-Schepperly’s experience join us as we continue to grow the Champions For Learning team and affirm Future Ready Collier’s established role in the community,” states Barbara Evans, President and CEO. “Champions For Learning serves a unique role in the community and it’s a continued honor to be the backbone for this collaboration of dedicated partners in education.”

About Champions For Learning™

Champions For Learning™, the education foundation in Collier County, is an independent, community-based, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that strives to create life-changing learning experiences for every student. With a vision of a community that is 100% engaged in support of student success, Champions For Learning serves a unique role in bringing the community together to support a culture of learning and innovation. Our organization has been awarded the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency and Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating, both demonstrating our commitment to sound fiscal management, accountability, and transparency, as well as achieved the highest distinction as an exemplary Local Education Foundation. Become a Champion for Learning and visit www.ChampionsForLearning.org.

About Future Ready Collier

Launched in 2016, Future Ready Collier is a collective impact initiative designed to build an educational pipeline for college, career, and life readiness. Future Ready Collier focuses on three main goals. Ensuring all children are kindergarten ready. Ensuring all youth are provided support during their elementary and middle school years. Ensuring all young people are career ready by graduating high school on track to obtain a degree or credential. The Education Foundation of Collier County – Champions For Learning is the backbone organization facilitating this network of more than 60 organizations, businesses, schools, and community members that have increased the high school graduation rate to more than 90% in Collier County. Learn more at futurereadycollier.org.