Take Stock in Children


About Take Stock in Children

 

TakeStockinChildren_LogoTake Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition into college.

Our program is based on the principal that given extensive support, motivation and accountability, children will work hard to ensure that they graduate from high school and attain a college degree. We fund our college scholarships and student services through a unique public-private fund raising model, and our mentors generously volunteer their mentoring services to our children.

Take Stock in Children’s multi-year commitment to at-risk children throughout our state is also an investment in the communities in which our students live. We know that the education of a child is an investment in their future and the assured way of breaking the cycle of poverty. Our goal is to continue to reduce the number of high school drop-outs and to increase the number of students who finish college and enter the workforce successfully.

Since our inception in 1995, Take Stock in Children has demonstrated its success and sustainability by delivering life changing results for our students.

Our Results

  • Marion County has served over 750 children
  • Statewide has served over 24,000 children
  • Marion County has provided over $3.2 million in Florida Prepaid Foundation scholarship assets
  • Marion County currently has 197 active high school students-each one working with an assigned volunteer mentor
  • Statewide has generated over 1,000,000 mentor volunteer hours.
  • Current student population consists of over 65% minority

Please join us as a mentor or donate to Take Stock in Children. Your commitment and support will pave the way to better lives for deserving children in our communities.

How Take Stock in Children Works

Take Stock in Children Helps Low-Income Children Achieve
We select students in 8th grade, who are eligible for free or reduced lunch.  To check your eligibility, download our flyer here: TSIC INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES 17-18 (1)

Applications are available to eligible 8th grade students during the month of October through the Guidance Department at each Marion County Public Middle School. Applications must be completed by the student and parent/guardian and turned back into the Guidance Department.

The selections process continues into the spring, and all students will be notified by April as to their application status.  It is a competitive process, and students are selected by committees comprised of educators, civic leaders, and business sponsors from their own communities.

College & Vocational Scholarships Provide Hope for a Better Future
All scholars who successfully complete the program requirements receive a college tuition scholarship.

Students & Parents Sign a Performance Contract
Upon selection, scholars and their parents/guardians sign a contract agreeing to stay in school, maintain good grades, exhibit good behavior, remain crime-and drug-free, meet with their mentors once a week and attend Take Stock workshops and events. Students are held accountable; if they violate their contracts, they will lose their scholarships.

Take Stock in Children Provides a Road to Success
Take Stock in Children makes a multi-year commitment to children, providing an inclusive array of services from the time they enter the program through their graduation from college or vocational school.

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Student Advocate & Case Manager
Each scholar in the program is assigned a student advocate and case manager who meets with the student and monitors his/her academic success. Student advocates work closely with mentors and school personnel to ensure that each child achieves success.

Parental Involvement Increases the Chances of Success
Parents are responsible for supporting and encouraging their child’s academic success by 1) developing positive relationships with teachers, mentors, school administrators, and Take Stock in Children staff, and 2) playing active roles in the educational, cultural, and school-based activities of their child.

How You Can Help

Volunteer to be a Mentor

You can help by mentoring a Take Stock in Children student at his/her school for at least 30 minutes per week. Our students need caring individuals, like you, to enhance their positive development. Learn more about how you can help by mentoring a student.

What is a Mentor?
A mentor is a caring, compassionate adult who chooses to devote their time to a young person, offering them support, guidance, and encouragement. If you can donate one hour per week, you can change a life by helping a child build a solid foundation of values, establish goals, improve their academic and life skills, while developing their self-esteem and confidence.

Why Mentor?
Our success rate at Take Stock in Children is a result of a comprehensive approach provided by our program. One of the key and proven success factors is the role of the mentor. More and more people want to have a lasting, profound impact in their community. They understand that the commitment of becoming a mentor can change a child’s life while helping them grow personally. Can you remember adults who paid attention to you; who believed in you; and who guided you during your childhood? These individuals served as mentors. Wouldn’t you like to have someone think of you as their life-changing, trusted mentor?

Where & When Does Mentoring Occur?
Mentoring sessions range from 45-60 minutes and occur at a school near your home or workplace, during school hours. The days and times of mentoring sessions are arranged between the mentor and mentee depending on their individual schedules and classes. As a result, mentoring is convenient for both students and mentors.

How Do I Become a Mentor?
Take Stock in Children mentors learn the principles and guidelines of school-based, academic-focused mentoring. They participate in an orientation session and receive a manual that contains tools for addressing the general needs of their students: improving grades, preparing for college, career planning, and developing life skills. Mentors also will be able to use the weekly Mentor Minute, an online resource center, to provide support services that target the specific needs of their students.

Mentor Welcome packet

Mentor Application 2017


Be a Philanthropist

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Take Stock in Children is more than a rewarding opportunity to provide an education for a child. It’s an opportunity to change deserving low-income youth/students life forever. Become a donor and help break the cycle of poverty and high drop-out rates in your community.

Your donation to Take Stock in Children will provide a child with the promise of a college scholarship, the guidance of a caring mentor, and a sustainable outcome of success. Students in the Take Stock in Children program receive:

  • A college tuition scholarship for 2 years at a Florida Public college
  • Volunteer mentor who meets with the child at his or her school for an hour a week to provide academic support and motivation
  • Continuous assistance and intervention services by skilled student advocate (case Manager)
  • Active engagement of parents or legal guardians in the child’s academic and personal development
  • Career and educational counseling

Corporate Partnerships
An economically viable community includes a successful and educated workforce. Recognizing the importance of this, Take Stock in Children’s corporate partners have made a commitment to excellence in education and eradicating the cycle of poverty. Corporate sponsors provide in-kind services, mentors, financial support, and many cross-promotional opportunities. Companies can match donations given or raised by employees in addition to their corporate contributions. Take Stock in Children offers customized partnership programs for corporate sponsors.

Resources

Visit our statewide page HERE for more student and mentor resources!

 

Stories

The stories featured below provide a glimpse of the many successful students that entered our Take Stock in Children program and have successfully graduated. Read their stories.

George Shannon II

Kayla Krumm