This summer, while many students experience “Summer Slide,” the learning loss that occurs during the summer break, student-athletes at The Student ACES Center in Belle Glade are forging ahead. With the steadfast support of sponsors like Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Student ACES is dedicated to ensuring that students continue to thrive academically and personally through the innovative Student ACES Passport Program.

The Student ACES Passport Program is a research-informed comprehensive initiative designed to guide high school student-athletes through a series of interactive and hands-on tasks. These tasks are meticulously crafted to prepare them not just for graduation, but for success in life. Throughout the year, participants engage in activities focused on seven essential guiding principles.

Seven Guiding Principles of the Passport Program

  • Academic Success – Reinforcing core academic skills to keep students on track for graduation and college readiness.
  • Career Readiness – Providing insights and practical skills for future employment opportunities.
  • College Prep – Equipping students with the knowledge and tools to navigate the college application process successfully.
  • Health and Wellness – Encouraging physical health and nutritional awareness to foster a balanced lifestyle.
  • Mental Health – Addressing the importance of mental well-being and providing strategies for managing stress and emotions.
  • Character Development – Instilling values such as integrity, responsibility and teamwork.
  • Personal Development – Enhancing personal skills that contribute to overall growth and self-improvement.

All of the initiatives support the Student ACES mission to create CHAMPIONS through character and leadership programs for high school student athletes. CHAMPIONS is anacronym that represents the organization’s core values: Command Respect, Honor Your Word, Aspire to Greatness, Maintain Courage, Possess a Work Ethic Second to None, Inspire Others, Own a Winning Attitude, Never Settle and Sacrifice for Self and Team. FPL’s support is instrumental in helping Student ACES cultivate these values in young leaders.

“Our organization, our CHAMPIONS and our entire community is extremely fortunate to have the support of FPL,” said Krissy Webb, executive director and co-founder of Student ACES. “With their involvement and participation, we have been able to develop and introduce a program that has an impact today and for years to come in our own communities and beyond.”

FPL’s commitment has been instrumental in the success of the program; it allows Student ACES to provide these enriching experiences without financial barriers, ensuring all students have the opportunity to benefit from the program.

“At FPL, we are honored to support Florida’s future leaders by giving back to the communities we serve and helping students pursue their educational goals and build successful careers,” Juliet Roulhac, FPL Director of External Affairs for Broward and SW FL and Director of Corporate Philanthropy for NextEra Energy Inc., said.

FPL has been a longstanding partner of Student ACES including board support from Pam Rauch, FPL Vice President of External Affairs and Economic Development.

– Jamie Levin, J Levin Communications


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Sustainability and Precision Ag are the Foundation of Florida Crystals’ Sweet Success

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