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.