The Youth Opportunity (YO) Project
Working in partnership with well-established non-profits such as the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, the Foundation’s goal is to expand, and provide new, opportunities for Southwest Florida’s youth to thrive – emotionally, educationally, and physically.
These expanded opportunities include meeting needs for at-risk children in such areas as mentoring, internships, and agency transportation needs. Future plans include unique events targeted for special groups and creation of a community garden. Using the unique environment within the Babcock Ranch Preserve wilderness areas, camping, kayaking, and hiking opportunities will also become a reality for many children who rarely have a chance to see the wilderness at their back door.
During 2017, specific projects and more information about how you can be involved with the YO Project will be posted here. Stay tuned!
Supporting Babcock Neighborhood School (K-8)
The Foundation is committed to philanthropic support of the new Babcock Neighborhood School (BNS), a free public charter school opening in the fall of 2017 to students in kindergarten through grade eight.
The school’s focus is on a “place-based” environmental “greenSTEAM” education program that integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics within a thoughtfully provided holistic learning environment.
By focusing on local landscape, history, culture and context, learning at BNS will engage students in a setting that encourages interactions with, and exploration of, the world around them. The sustainability and conservation principles of Babcock Ranch provide opportunities for hands-on, project-based learning about nature, health, and renewable energy with a STEAM focus.
Specific Foundation fundraising projects for the school will concentrate on providing opportunities for creating excellence outside of normal state funding formulas. Check back in the coming months to hear more about these projects.