Immokalee High School juniors and seniors in Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps program recently spent an afternoon with their mentors at the beach on Marco Island.

The Mentor/Mentee Beach Picnic on March 3 at Hideaway Beach Club included kayaking to Tigertail Beach, volleyball games, a cookout and informal conversation. Tutor Corps is a college preparatory program that matches teenagers with mentors who offer advice about college, careers and life in general. This year, 45 Tutor Corps students and 67 mentors participated in the picnic.

Mentors organize the annual picnic, which offers an informal setting for students to converse with their mentors, and residents of Hideaway Beach Club help ensure the day is a success.

“Tutor Corps mentors develop a strong bond with their mentees, and it’s important for students to build relationships with their mentors outside of formal settings,” said Dawn Montecalvo, president of the Guadalupe Center. “The support and encouragement that our mentors provide is outstanding. While a lifelong commitment isn’t necessary to become a Tutor Corps mentor, we know many of their relationships will last well into college and beyond.”

About Guadalupe Center
Guadalupe Center is a purpose-driven, nonprofit organization with proven results in creating endless possibilities for the students of Immokalee through education and fostering personal and academic success that leads to economic independence. With a focus on breaking the cycle of poverty through education, Guadalupe Center is proud of the children’s accomplishments: 94 percent exceed kindergarten readiness measures, 100 percent of Tutor Corps high school seniors graduate high school and are accepted into college, and more than 90 percent graduated with a post-secondary degree.