Education Outreach Council

Education Outreach Council of the ECCL

Education Outreach Council Mission

In collaboration with Village of Estero Leadership, the Mission of the Education Outreach Council (EOC) of the Estero Council of Community Leaders is to advocate for and support selected Estero-area and South Lee County-based educational organizations, by developing and executing efforts to provide talented and experienced residents, professionals and business people as education-related volunteers and mentors.

Education Outreach Council Vision

To assure quality educational organizations and programs contribute to an improved quality of community life resulting in a recognition that the Estero-Area is recognized as a destination where people want to live, worship, conduct business and educate their children.

Current Selected Needs

For years, Southwest Florida employers have indicated that finding quality talent has been a challenge. They’ve also lamented the “brain drain” -watching many talented Florida Gulf Coast University students move away to start their careers. The EOC will address these needs by partnering with Junior Achievement, FGCU, and Lee County Schools.

Selected Current Initiatives

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young school students the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, help plan their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA seeks volunteers to provide a relevant hands-on experience that gives K — 12 students basic knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.

To volunteer, or to learn more about the Junior Achievement Initiative please contact: Jim Shields,
Three Oaks Middle School JA Program: Amy Kuchenbecker,, 440-567-3448
Estero High School JA Program: Kenny James,, 239-438-2415
Pinewoods Elementary & Three Oaks Elementary Schools 2nd Grade JA Program: Lisa Mason,, 239-410-3011.

Lee County Schools

Lee County Schools are seeking retired business professional volunteers to have a dialogue with students about their professions as a form of career counseling. These professionals interact with students sharing their knowledge, experience, and insights at all levels of Estero local schools to acquaint them with potential career opportunities to which they may aspire.

To volunteer, or to learn more about the Lee County Schools Program please contact: Kevin Tolliver,, 317-752-3486.

Florida Gulf Coast University – Institute for Entrepreneurship

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) has established an “Institute of Entrepreneurship (IFE)” that offers an Interdisciplinary Degree. The IFE’s purpose is to provide students from all disciplines and veterans the opportunity to create new products and services. IFE’s needs include securing business experienced mentors to guide and encourage the students and veterans.

To volunteer, or to learn more about the FGCU Institute for Entrepreneurship Initiative please contact: William Motzer,, 267-992-0256.