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The Immokalee Foundation Helps Students Succeed

Tim Gibbons

Since 1991 The Immokalee Foundation has been helping children and young adults to change the course of their lives through the support of mentors, donors and volunteers. According to the foundation 100% of participating high school students graduate, 100% go on to postsecondary education at universities, colleges, or technical programs, and 91% complete postsecondary education. We learn more about its programs, especially in the time of COVID-19, by talking with Melissa C. Phillips, Vice President of Philanthropy.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.