The mission or purpose of the Economic Outreach Council (EOC) is to advocate for and support selected Estero and South Lee County-based organizations by developing and executing efforts to secure and engage talented and experienced professionals and businesspersons as volunteers through developing strong advocacy groups in residential communities.
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 (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.
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.
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.