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, Hispanic and Latino students of all ages.

Why does this matter? According to Florida Tax Watch, Florida needs 791,000 more specialized workers to reach its SAIL to 60 percent goal. Racial and ethnic groups expected to experience the most population growth currently hold the smallest shares of Florida’s specialized workforce. The good news is that Florida stands to add an additional $53.6 billion in earning and $58.9 billion in GDP when all population groups rise to 60 percent.

To meet our goals, we must change the policies the practices that are contributing to inequitable outcomes for low-wealth individuals and 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 disparities among racial and ethnic groups expected to experience the most population growth currently hold the smallest shares of Florida’s specialized workforce.
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When we talk about the need to change systems, we are talking about policies, practices, and beliefs that keep many from the education and skills they need to thrive.
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By taking action to remove barriers for students and improving education and workforce training for all, 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.