GEC News

GEC Accepts its First Car Donation

GEC Accepts its First Car Donation

GEC friends Michelle & Steven Karlik recently donated a 2008 Ford Edge to the center. Although the vehicle is in great shape, the SUV needed some tweaks on the AC. This gave us the perfect opportunity to have our alumni Juan and Elver do the work on this car at...

GEC Students are Flying High

GEC Students are Flying High

In 2018, as part of the newly formed Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Program (EAP) the students of GEC were invited to take part in the Young Eagles program, whose mission is to introduce children to the world of aviation. At that time, Jocelyn and Julian weren’t ready...

S.M.A.R.T. Programs Helps Hit a Home Run

S.M.A.R.T. Programs Helps Hit a Home Run

Growing up, the hardships these children have endured as part of the migrant community make it hard to trust people. Many of these children are withdrawn and don’t want to take part in anything that falls outside their comfort zone. They are left emotionally and...

Sweet Dreams for Sweet Children

Sweet Dreams for Sweet Children

Recently it was brought to our attention that some of the younger children here at GEC were in desperate need of beds. They had been sharing beds with older siblings and had no place of their own to lay their heads and get a restful night’s sleep.  Thanks to Pat...

Congratulations 2022 Graduates!

Congratulations 2022 Graduates!

This year we celebrate two new high school graduates, Evelyn Martinez and Yuliana Cruz! Because of their hard work, they have both been awarded scholarships from GEC, Jumpstart, and Earn to Learn. Thank you to the wonderful teachers that have helped them over the...

Audubon Cares Donates $60,000

Audubon Cares Donates $60,000

Recently one of our long-time volunteers, Michael Phelps, introduced us to the newly reformed Audubon Cares organization, a community outreach division of the Audubon Country Club community in Naples. The members of this generous organization were so moved by the work...

Fiesta Mexicana 2022

A little rain didn't stop the fun for our annual Fiesta Mexicana! This event celebrates all of our donors, teachers, and volunteers for all they do throughout the year for our children and their families. A very festive time was had by all. Everyone truly enjoyed...

GEC Receives Grant from The League Club of Napless

GEC Receives Grant from The League Club of Napless

For the first time in two years The League Club was able to host an event that was emotional and rewarding. Twenty-seven grants were awarded to area nonprofits in Collier and Lee Counties this month by The League Club of Naples, Florida.  These grants will address...

NCEF Shining Star

NCEF Shining Star

NCEF Shining Star "As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands - one for helping yourself, the other for helping others." - Audrey Hepburn AJ teaching music to students at Gargiulo Education Center AJ Rodriguez started with the NCEF-funded Gargiulo...