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Being a FutureMaker is personal. Everyone has a stake in education, the workforce, and the economy. Whether you are a student, a parent, or a teacher. If you’re looking for a job, if you’re looking for qualified employees, or if your organization is doing something to promote all of these efforts – we want to hear your story!

Who I Was, Who I Am.

2015 was the year I officially hit rock bottom. Don’t get me wrong, my life wasn’t so great before then...

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My.Story.My.Life

My.Story.My.Life

Hello my name is Daicika Avrilien. Live for me has not always been so great. But school has always been...

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From humble beginings

From humble beginings

My story begins May 25th, 1999. I was born to two loving but slightly illogical parents. My father is from...

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My second chance

My second chance

I started off high school horribly, I wasn’t even focused on school for my Freshman and Sophomore year. I was...

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a glimps of my life

Hello,my name is Melissa and this is my story. So I was born in Dominican Republic and moved here when...

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Who I Want To Be

Who I Want To Be

I’m Leo G, a junior from Naples, Florida. When I think about getting out into the real world, it’s a...

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That Was Me

That Was Me

I don’t have a picture of me now, but that was me just about 10 years ago. My name is...

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This is Who I Am

This is Who I Am

My name is Francisca StGermain and I’m currently an IB senior at Cape Coral High School. I have always been...

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Life Of I

Life Of I

It’s my Junior year in Immokalee High School. One more year to go before graduation and begin my career path....

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This is Who I Am

This is Who I Am

My name is Francisca StGermain. I was born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida. But I’ve been spending most of...

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Dorine Murph, 25, Fort Myers

Dorine Murph, 25, Fort Myers

I like to have different experiences under my belt. I’ve done security and I’ve been the manager of a gas station. Right now I’m working at a new restaurant and making good money as a chef but I know it’s not long-term.

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Jennifer Welling, 44, Fort Myers

Jennifer Welling, 44, Fort Myers

I’ve always worked in the restaurant industry and I’m getting too old for it. I’m currently a server and the work isn’t steady enough. I have two kids, one is 21 and in college. As much as I’ve pushed education on them, I’ve put it off for me, and they’re pushing back on me to get another job. Now, it’s my time.

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Sierra Burton, 29, Fort Myers

Sierra Burton, 29, Fort Myers

I served eight years in the Army in supply logistics. I was homeless for a year after my divorce and don’t have family or know anyone in Fort Myers. It’s been really hard to find a job. I’m from the country in Mississippi and it really is true that it takes a village. Everyone helped each other. I don’t see that here.

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Ander Hernandez, 20, LaBelle.

Ander Hernandez, 20, LaBelle.

I was taking a four-year civil engineering program at a local university and loved it. I thought it would be great for me because I enjoy designing and the paperwork of engineering. I’ve been doing carpentry work on the side since high school and I was driving to campus one day and realized I was more concerned about these side projects than my schoolwork.

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Katira Davis, 22, Fort Myers

Katira Davis, 22, Fort Myers

After high school I went to technical school to become a medical tech assistant but couldn’t get hired by the hospital because I didn’t have six years of experience. I work at a development center for the disabled and like to help people.

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