The second poorest community in Florida, nearly half of the people in Immokalee live below the poverty level. Our hometown is a special place filled with hard-working migrant farm workers and their families who desire a better life but have little hope of achieving it. In 2014, a group of high school students dared to dream and with the support of 1By1 Leadership Foundation, they started Taste of Immokalee.
Taste of Immokalee is a benefit corporation committed to empowering youth to rise out of poverty and influence positive change in their community, with the business and leadership skills needed to succeed in college and in professional careers.
“Students often enter our program unable to make eye contact and lacking the soft skills necessary for business careers. But they grow into confident leaders who are now capable of public speaking and representing our business throughout the community and beyond.” Executive Director, Marie Capita, on the transformation occurring through Taste of Immokalee