We offer a collaborative and cohesive portfolio of Environment, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (E-STEM) programs that engage, inspire and attract the next generation of E-STEM talent.
In the first year of working with students, Project GUTS reached 63 students in 3 schools and one out of school; two-fifths were 5th-graders, with the remainder split almost equally between the ninth and twelfth grades. Two sites were established within the inner city of Fort Myers and great interest was spawned in other areas of Lee County including East Fort Myers, Immokalee and Estero. Attendance was generally high, with two-thirds of participating students attending at least 75 percent of sessions. In addition to addressing student needs, the project has engaged community members in its activities, exposing them to the different aspects of STEAM, technology tools and pedagogy. Six community members served as Project GUTS leaders and attended 20 hours of planning sessions with community members and school representatives over the course of the school year.
Project GUTS has succeeded in providing program-level and curricular support that enables students to mentor other younger peers with very limited GUTS facilitator interaction. Most importantly, Project GUTS has created a community of teachers, students, and researchers who are interested in and committed to continuing with the program, and thus to better address the needs of the U.S. in this century.
"We would not be in college today if it were not for the I Will Mentorship Foundation."
Ke'shay & Ke'shell, Youth Participants
HOW DO OUR PROGRAMS IMPACT THE COMMUNITY?
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"I WILL be... Blessed." The IWMF is a blessing to my family. Blessed by seeing the joy and confidence on my daughter's face as she is challenged by programming, building and demonstrating the use of her robotic hand. With the encouragement and inspiration given by the volunteers, these lessons have fueled a desire to grow, lead and make a positive impact on the community around her. Not only has she grown in knowledge, but she has also set personal goals with achievement dates for them with self-confidence. She is inspired to give back to those around her by volunteering to serve other youth. Blessed by IWMF and your very talented volunteers ... helping make her dreams a reality. Thank you IWMF."
Rosilyn, Parent of Youth Participant
OUR MISSION IWMF empowers youth to make positive life choices through E-STEM based learning and evidence based mentoring programs focused on increasing academic achievement, strengthening community, and providing exposure to opportunities to improve socioeconomic mobility. Our mission is founded on the following principles:
Commitment: Inspire positive friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and instill a sense of hope in the future.
Responsibility: Empower youth to establish goals and follow through on commitments.
Possibility: Expand the perspective of young people to make them aware of life's possibilities.
Support: Surround young people in a caring, inclusive learning environment, because individuals are dramatically influenced by their support system.
OUR VISION It is our vision to build human potential and strengthen the community, youth, and adults through stimulating learning activities that engage adolescents as community leaders, increase their life skills, and help bridge multiple socioeconomic, educational and ethnic cultures.
OUR IMPACT By graduation, students will have achieved one or more industry-based credentials, created a portfolio of work in line with industry expectations, had multiple work-based experiences, and will have developed a network of industry professionals in businesses and higher education institutions. Students will graduate self-aware of their strengths, weaknesses, and career interests, and with a clear next step to higher education, employment, or both. Communities are stronger in health, reduced crime and economic improvement.