FutureMakers Coalition’s goal is to transform Southwest Florida’s workforce by increasing the percentage of working age (25-64 y/o) adults that hold post-high school credentials to 55% by 2025. The coalition’s outcomes demonstrate significant achievement gaps for Black and Latinx students of all ages. In order to meet our goals, we believe we must change the policies, practices, and beliefs that are resulting in inequitable outcomes for people of color in our region.

Our point of view

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Everyone has the right to a fair opportunity. No matter where you come from, what you look like, or how much money your family has, everyone should have what they need to learn, grow, and thrive.
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Unfortunately, current education and workforce outcomes show that opportunity is not equal; it is dependent upon who you are and your upbringing.
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When we talk about the need to change systems, we are talking about policies, practices, and beliefs that are rooted in historic facts and current contexts that affect people today. These systems keep many Black, African American, Native American, Latinx, and Hispanic people from the education and skills they need to thrive.
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These systems are inequitable and disproportionately hold back students who are seeking a better life and a quality education.
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By taking action to remove barriers for students and improving education and workforce training, we can make opportunity real and accessible for everyone. When successful and lasting futures are made available for every student, we can work towards creating a more equitable future and achieve just and fair outcomes for all.