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Youth Leadership Collier™ Applications are now open!

Are you a high school junior? Do you have interest in furthering your knowledge about Collier County and community leadership?

If you answered YES to both of these questions, you should consider applying for Youth Leadership Collier™!

“The mission of Youth Leadership Collier™ (YLC) is to develop ethical leaders committed to active community involvement. Now approaching our fifteenth year of programming, YLC has reached over 500 students to date. YLC empowers students to become effective leaders through hands on experiences and field work with key organizations, while encouraging returning or staying in Collier County to begin careers and community leadership.” Source: Youth Leadership Collier

Click here to learn more about YLC and how to apply.

Act now! Applications are due by February 1,2018.

Posted by Kristin Peras
2018 FAFSA Completion Event Collier COunty Public Schools | Future Ready Collier Naples, Florida
College & Career Events

Last chance to attend a FAFSA Completion Event!

Need help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

Get free on-site help in completing the FAFSA and speak with financial aid professionals about resources available to pay for higher education.

There is one last opportunity available this Saturday, November 10th from 9-12pm at Gulf Coast High.

Take a look at the flyer here for more information and a list of things you need.

To find out more information about the FAFSA head to Collier County Public Schools page by clicking here.

Posted by Kristin Peras
College Night | Future Ready Collier - Naples, Florida
College & Career Events

College Night

Collier County Public Schools is hosting College Night for parents and students to visit with college and university representatives from throughout the country!

Student Registration can be completed by logging into Naviance.
Parent/Guardians can register by visiting

Posted by Kristin Peras
Parent Cafes | Future Ready Collier - Naples, Florida

Bringing Parent Cafes to Collier County

A common refrain throughout our Future Ready Collier conversations has been: if parents only knew about… If they only knew the timing of their 4-year old’s physical would impact Kindergarten registration when the child turned five. If only they knew that completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), was the key for accessing all financial aid and scholarships- regardless of family income. If only…

We have identified parent engagement as the common link- regardless of the age of the child. And then, after learning about Strengthening Families, a nationally recognized framework that builds on the strengths in families, rather than the gaps, we have realized that building parent-to-parent relationships and information-sharing will significantly impact their children.

As a result, we are working with Be Strong Families in Illinois to bring the tools of this framework to Collier County. Thanks to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, we will have this opportunity for a one-time investment in our capacity as a community.

Starting soon: Future Ready Collier Parent Cafes!

Posted by Kristin Peras
Back to School Sales Tax Holiday | Future Ready Collier - Naples, Florida

2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

The 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 3, 2018, and runs through Sunday, August 5, 2018.

During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; and clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item.

For more information and a list of qualifying items, please review the Department of Revenue’s Tax Information Publication (TIP) on the 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, as well as the Frequently Asked Questions document. For your convenience, the digital downloads and social media posts below are provided for individuals and businesses interested in sharing information about the sales tax holiday.


Click the link for more information and a complete list of eligible items:

Posted by Kristin Peras
Future Ready Collier Report to the Community | Future Ready Collier - Naples, Florida

Report to the Community

Future Ready Collier released its inaugural report on the story of Future Ready Collier to-date, along with examples of impact, and baseline indicators that will show progress for the long-term.


To view the Future Ready Collier Report to the Community, click here.

For the print spread version, click here.

Posted by Kristin Peras
Kids getting on school bus | Future Ready Collier - Naples, Florida
Early Learning Resources

Kindergarten Readiness Toolkit

A community-wide goal of Future Ready Collier is to ensure all children are Kindergarten ready. Future Ready Collier network partners compiled a resource kit to help your child be prepared for Kindergarten.

To download your own Kindergarten Readiness Toolkit, click here.

NOW AVAILABLE in Spanish (click here) and Creole (click here).

Posted by Kristin Peras