“Ensuring our young people have the skills and vision to reach their potential and become productive citizens supports the very fabric and quality of our community.”
– Beverly Feagin
Champions For Learning has many years of experience engaging community members and partners in support of the success of teachers and students, bringing the community together to support a culture of learning.
And, each year, community leadership in support of the mission are celebrated through the Heart of the Apple and annual Champions recognitions.
At a local and regional level, Champions For Learning is the backbone organization facilitating Future Ready Collier, a collaborative network of community members, organizations, businesses and schools working to ensure every child in Collier County is ready for Kindergarten, and every young person enters adulthood with a vision and plan to accomplish that vision. Future Ready Collier is the Collier partner for the regional FutureMakers Coalition.
At the statewide level, Champions For Learning is a leader in the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, and has impacted more than 30 other counties. Working in this way with other education foundations has leveraged resources and knowledge across counties, and helps us improve and inform our own work in Collier.
"Champions For Learning has given me so many opportunities, I am so grateful to have been a part of this program."
- Hailey 2019 Graduate
"I really wanted to get involved with an organization and thanks to mentoring I was not only able to help a young person, but also have them impact me. The people at Champions For Learning are wonderful. They create amazing support. Volunteering with them has been very satisfying and a wonderful experience. "
– Jack Toren
Take Stock in Children Mentor
"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Champions for learning has taught me to fish. They have taught me so many skills, which will allow me to succeed in the future."
– Melissa 2018 Graduate
"When we motivate students to learn, they prove that progress can happen far beyond the four walls of a classroom. When we to building relationships, celebrating success, and setting high expectations we empower them."
– Amanda McCoy Manatee Middle teacher
"As a community, we have to place value on learning, and we have to support it actively. One way to do that is to create opportunities for educators to collaborate and share best practices. It’s pretty simple, the stronger we make our teachers, the stronger their students will be."
– Cindy Helton Suncoast Credit Union, Executive Director