Ashley Gastel with her Mom, Kristine and Dad, Glenn at her graduation from Florida State University (August 2007). Ashley is a first-gen college graduate, who went on to further her education at the University of Central Florida and earned a Masters degree in Educational Leadership in 2018.

Working in education and nonprofit is not for the faint of heart. We put our all into everything we do to help students become the best versions of themselves.

  • This is heart work. 
  • Plain and simple. 

So when Earn to Learn FL heard the news that we were vetoed from the 2023 budget passed by the Florida Legislature it was a gut punch. I felt the void of what we are not going to be able to deliver to students this year. 

At Earn to Learn, we don’t just give hope to students… 

  • We mentor them.
  • We coach them.
  • We teach them—financial skills, college readiness skills, how to advocate for themselves.
  • We are partners in their learning journey. 

We give our students everything we have with our very small team so they can learn how to achieve their dreams and be more than they ever thought possible. 

My own journey is why I do this work. I am the first person in my family to graduate high school, a #firstgen college grad—shout out to Florida State University. And the first person in my entire family—immediate and extended— to earn a grad degree-thank you University of Central Florida. 

There is more to my story and every student like me in the state of Florida. If you want to learn more about Earn to Learn FL and our mission, reach out to me. 

Come be a partner in this heart work, and let’s give opportunities to students across Florida. 

Questions? Please contact Ashley Gastel, Chief Program Officer,  to ask any questions about the heart of Earn to Learn FL.  

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