What makes Taste the Impact unique is that it is attached to a retail business, Taste of Immokalee. Taste of Immokalee is a student-created, student-operated business used as a tool to provide the students with real-world experience in business. Thanks to our customers and supporter who purchased our holiday bundles, in 2020, our Holiday Bundle Sale was a big success. The students were able to sell 831 bundles this year, and the company was able to hire 3 temporary laborers from Immokalee during the holiday. The profits from the sale of these bundles will go to charity.
Special thanks to Mikkelsen's Pastry Shop for partnering with us this holiday season to bake our Orange Zest Chocolate chip cookies and companies such as Charles Schwab, Fifth Avenue Family, Agnoli, Barber & Brundage, Naples Nephrology, Southern Florida District Church of the Nazarene, Ave Maria DaVita Dialysis Clinic, One by One Leadership Foundation and Clifton Larson Allen for purchasing the bundles for their customers and employees. This year let our bundles bring some JOY to the lives of your loved ones, colleagues, staff, and friends.
If you have missed your favorite Taste of Immokalee products, the team is standing by, ready to take your online orders.
Thanks to our supporters, sponsors, venue, and volunteers, our 2020 Charity Golf Tournament was a great success. We raised $20,505. This will help us continue to provide a needed service in the community. Attendees were able to enjoy an afternoon of golf at one of Southwest Florida's premier courses, the Club at Olde Cypress. The Golf Tournament featured a box-lunch, prepared by the chef at Olde Cypress Golf Club and snacks and beverages throughout the course. This was a fun time for golfers to come out and enjoy some fresh air, all while staying safe and following COVID-19 CDC restrictions for gatherings.
We look forward to seeing everyone on the greens again this year.
In 2020, thanks to your generosity and support, Taste the Impact served 95 students in the community. Through our company, Taste of Immokalee, we provided 16 paid educational work base Summer internships and 16 paid educational work base In-school internships. Students who participated in our internship program had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in business and soft skills needed to be successful in their career paths. Under the guidance of professional business mentors, they were actively involved in all areas, including finance, operations, product research, HR, customer service, sales, and marketing. This early exposure provides the opportunity to discover their passion and strengths and begin forging a successful career path. Students are earning industry-recognized certifications and gaining marketable skills.
In a 2020 survey conducted by the Collier County School District, it was reported that out of the 192 students who answered that they had completed a High School Internship, 19 reported Taste of Immokalee as their place of employment during the internship. With your help, we are able to achieve one of our goals which are to increase the number of students who have completed an internship before graduating from high school.
To date, Taste of Immokalee and Taste the Impact has served 432 students and has provided 204 paid educational work base internships to students in the community. With your help, we are looking to increase these numbers in 2021.
In 2020, Taste the Impact launched its Career Readiness & Soft Skills Development pilot program. As the “skill gap” among young people increases, Taste the Impact, a Taste of Immokalee initiative, partnered with Grace Place, Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, Gargiulo Education Center, and the Greater Naples Chamber to prepare young people for success in their career paths. The purpose of this collaborative movement is to increase the number of high school students with fundamental employability skills. Partnering organizations will embed the Taste the Impact curriculum in their existing Career Path program. What sets the Taste the Impact Career Readiness & Soft Skills Development program apart from other career-based education programs is its focus on not only classroom learning but also the ability to put that knowledge to work in a real-world entrepreneurial environment. To give students a sense of reality and hands-on experience throughout the curriculum, we use the Taste of Immokalee, a student-created and student-operated business, as a tool to provide students with a more concrete learning experience. The videos, case studies, and best practice scenarios come from student interns’ experiences as they are working in the Taste of Immokalee company. In this innovative model, learning is less abstract and more hands-on.
In 2021, with your help, we are looking to bring in more partners into this innovative, collaborative movement.