Naples, FL (May 24, 2018) – The Leadership Collier Foundation™ (LCF), an affiliate of The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, received a donation of over $20,000 in an endowment to benefit youth development in Collier County. The endowment was presented at the LCF graduation on April 27, 2018 at Artis—Naples where the Leadership Collier™ (LC) Class of 2018 presented Amanda Beights, vice president of the LCF, with the contribution.
“The ‘Alumni of Leadership Collier Foundation -Youth Development Endowment Fund’ will be a permanent endowment, conceptualized and established by the leaders of the Leadership Collier Class of 2018 to ensure and enable the development of Collier County youth to become ethical leaders committed to active community involvement,” says LC 2018 graduate, Tom Houchin.
“This endowment solidifies our commitment to youth development in Collier County,” says Amanda Beights. “While we are thrilled to reach about 30 students every year through Youth Leadership Collier™, we have always hoped to influence more. Receiving this donation will help us positively impact hundreds more students and strengthen their connection to Collier County. I am extremely appreciative and excited to see how we can continue to grow our programs and best support our future talent.”
Recognizing the need to expand this work with community and business partners the Naples Chamber and LCF hired a Work-Based Learning Coordinator. In this unique position, the coordinator connects high school and college students to internships, part-time jobs, job shadows and other work-based learning experiences.
The mission of the LCF is to build a broad-based network of community leaders who enhance their leadership abilities and skills through continuing education, shared perspectives and community involvement to enable them to work toward solutions in the public interest. The Foundation accomplishes this through its many programs: Leadership Collier™, Growing Associates in Naples™, Youth Leadership Collier™ (YLC), Emerging Leadership Council, Campaign for Leadership™ and the LCF Alumni Association™. YLC empowers students to become effective leaders through hands-on experiences and field work while encouraging career development in Collier County.
For more information about how to get involved with the LCF or youth development, contact Amanda Beights at [email protected] or visit www.napleschamber.org/leadership or www.napleschamber.org/internships
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About Leadership Collier Foundation
The Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF), in coordination with the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, educates local business leaders about the societal and economic challenges facing the community today through the programs it governs: Leadership Collier™, Growing Associates In Naples™ (GAIN™), Youth Leadership Collier™ and Campaign for Leadership™. Through the work of the LCF Alumni Association™, graduates continue to build alliances, foster goodwill and civic trusteeship that will strengthen Collier County through nonprofit organizations, local government boards and our schools while enhancing relations with other like-minded, influential community leaders. For more information, contact Amanda Beights at [email protected]
About The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization of more than 1,400 active members that works to strengthen the local economy and promote the business community. The Chamber accomplishes this through public policy and business advocacy, leadership programs, executive business forums and sessions, and enhanced member benefits and services. The Chamber is dedicated to ensuring that Naples remains the best place in America to live, work, and visit. For more information, call (239) 262-6376 or visit www.napleschamber.org.