Out and About with the Jr. Trailblazer Academy

In August, the STARability Foundation started its second year of the Jr. Trailblazer Academy after-school program! This year, the Jr. Trailblazer Academy has doubled its enrollment. The program components include post-education transitional skills, vocational training, employment readiness education, life skills education, and discovery of the arts and environment. On the first day of this year’s program, the participants went to the Naples Art Association to attend a creative art workshop. This was a wonderful opportunity for creative expression, getting…

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Junior Trailblazers Bake with Amber

Monthly, our Junior Trailblazers learn from one of our spectacular volunteers, Amber, about the ins and outs of baking her delicious chocolate chip cookies that are sold around town at farmers markets as well as Jimmy P’s Butcher Shop and Cafe. Every week is a new lesson, from identifying and sorting the ingredients, to measuring and mixing, to baking, and finally packaging! Baking is a great way for the participants to learn about the ingredients they are using, follow…

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Having Fun & Learning

            Attendees of FDD’s summer life skills classes, led by Michelle Turchetta of Leap Ahead Foundation, have been having a blast and experiencing new endeavors! On Monday afternoons, participants of Opportunity Academy visit local businesses, Title Boxing Club and Sub Zero Ice Cream, working on actual jobs and learning about the businesses. In the weeks to come they will be exploring their interests and applying their talents and abilities at several more companies. Attendees…

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