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March 3, 2011

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March 3, 2011

This is the cure to our current education demise in Florida and possibly the entire country; Take Stock in Children involves all entities.
Take Stock in Children engages the public sector through the legislature, volunteers and community involvement.
The private sector involves their
workforce to mentor, their funds purchase tuition scholarships and support to nurture and guide the needy at risk student population.
The students and parents sign contracts to do the right thing and ensure their children reach their brightest potential in school and community.
In the 16 years of service there have been 17,000 students given the great opportunity to achieve post secondary education and to enter the workforce as viable citizens who volunteer and give back.
These students produce positive results as young adults and do not become a burden to society.
This is what we all hope and wish for out next generation regardless of background...it's all about opportunity!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Mentoring seven students throughout their school years from 1999 through 2011 and experiencing their trials and tribulations to succeed. Opportunity is all they need to succeed if they have the motivation.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the theory throughout the United States

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It touches so many peoples lives who get involved

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

December 28, 2009

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December 28, 2009

Take Stock in Children is the largest advocate in the state of Florida for providing a sustainable solution to the dropout crisis facing many students today. They have a 14 year history of engaging local communities throughout the state in their efforts to breakthrough the perpetual cycle of poverty and elevate their communities to a higher socio-economic strata through educational attainment. Their program should serve as a national model that works!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the results of their efforts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazingly understanding and compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the country by increasing graduation rates across every state.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 24, 2009

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December 24, 2009

Take Stock in Children of Palm Beach County has failed to comply with the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act. That law regulates solicitation of public contributions and requires full disclosure of certain information from organizations soliciting contributions in Florida. Take Stock in Children of Palm Beach County -- legally known as COLLEGE FOR KIDS INC. -- has violated the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act by allowing Registration Number CH24332 to expire 11/20/2009 and by failing to disclose information as required by that act. Take Stock in Children of Palm Beach County has a history of serious problems. You should carefully watch Take Stock in Children of Palm Beach County.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

public records and news sources

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

Take Stock in Children is a very compassionate and caring organization. Their goal is to definitely give deserving students a chance to grow personally and academically. With their help and support throughout these past years, TSIC has helped me reach my goal of going to college and continuing my education after high school. I received a scholarship in middle school and since then I have been involved in various functions they have had. From meeting my mentor once a week to partaking in luncheons, this program has helped me with both my social skills and gave me the strength I needed to get involved with my community and finish school. I am very grateful that TSIC chose me as one of its recipients. It changed my life forever and I have definitely made a lifetime friendship!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing myself finish college with my B.A. in Accounting.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how it opened a window of opportunity for me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

pretty much anyone who was involved in the organization, including staff members and volunteers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change a lot of childrens lives by motivating them to continue their education.

Ways to make it better...

I would of taken the opportunity to participate in all of the functions they had to offer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

helping students stay motivated.

One thing I'd also say is that...

TSIC changed my life forever and I am thankful for the opportunity!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

I became a mentor in Take Stock in Children three years ago. I was looking for an opportunity to give back to the community and since I was a retired school teacher the TSIC program seemed like a logical fit. This program has a very strong impact in the lives of the youth it serves. Although the program does provide scholarship monies to those that successfully fulfill their contracts, this is secondary to the mentorship provided. The bond that develops between the mentors and the students is often one of the strongest of all the mentee's relationships. They know that regardless of what else is happening they have someone who is there to encourage, consul, listen to and empathize with them. Often their mentor is the one constant in their lives. Having someone to help them face and over come the challenges that life deals them can mean the difference between failure and success. I am proud to be a mentor in this much needed and successful program.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

As a teacher I found that one person can make a very big difference in the life of a child. I feel that the bond between my mentee and myself will last beyond her school years.I like to think that our time together has enriched her life as much as mine

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

Almost since it's inception I have been involved with TAke Stock in Children(TSIC). First as a reviewer of the hundreds of kids from South Florida WAGES who applied to the scholarship, as an advocate, as a presenter and finally as a liaison between TSIC and Miami Dade County Public Schools resources. Take Stock to me is the most holistic program in existance at this moment. The program’s advocates arduously work with the students from the moment the join the program until they graduate. Each child has a mentor that is in regularly in contact with the advocates , teacher and student. This alone is of significant importance in the lives of our students that lack role models and for the most part come from single households. Take Stock in Children has given Dade County hundred of thousands of dollars in scholarships for minority kids in Dade County. I do not know of any other program that takes on the role of mother, father, teacher, family with our kids and teachers them character education along the way. I am proud of having being a mentor and a volunteer as well in this program; it truly changes one life at a time. Thank you Take Stock and Thank you to you, all the organizations that contribute to the greatness of this program.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Actually sharing in the students success, and their parents proud experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The Staff of TSIC always gives 120% in effort, love, generousity, hard work, and compassion. Volunteers are very proud of their involvement with TSIC

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

The amount of support given to the students in need will be increase 10 folds, and more students could go to college better prepared as contributing citizens.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

I have been involved as a board member and donor. It has been gratifying to see the impact that Take Stock in Children has on the lives of students and their families. It is an awesome program.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how it has such a positive impact on the students and their families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, dedicated and hard working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fund over 1,500 scholarships for students who would probably not be able to attend college otherwise. It could also begin funding the administrative functions needed to make the program successful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

Retiring to an over 55 community was great, but I soon discovered something was missing. There wasn't enough contact with the younger generation and their world. Since my husband had been affiliated with Take Stock in Children in another county, I decided this might be the answer. Since the start I mentored a yound lady through middle and high school. One parent was disabled and one frequently filled two low paying jobs to make ends meet. It was difficult for them to give her much time and college wasn't a priority for them. She and I met at school amost once a week. Some days we did a little needlework together, or we followed the guidelines furnished by TSIC, and we learned good ways to take tests, organize time, and set goals. Usually, though, I was there to listen and encourage her to continue doing well in school, stay off drugs and those things that can side track a young person. It was a proud day when she was accepted into a Florida college and was able to attend thanks in large part to the tuition scholarship from TSIC. Take Stock in Children matched me with another student last year who has dreams of being a doctor but recognizes that's a long haul so is shooting for a nursing career. In a single parent household where college hasn't been part of the family goals, she has many strikes against her. Again, meeting with her nearly every week, keeping the lines of communication open, and gladly accepting phone calls from her if she has a question, hopefully she's on the same track as my first student. Certainly without the financial help of TSIC, college probably wouldn't be possible. That's just two students...two more kids who have a little encouragement and support to better their situation through education...through education made possible by the non profit, non government funded program offered by Take Stock in Children. It reminds me of the story....how do you eat an elephant? The answer is one bite at a time. How do you better our society? One student at a time!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing a very bright student having the opportunity to go to college.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to be an "ear" for a student who just needs someone to be interested and to care about them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly caring about making it possible for kids to be successful and shoot for their dreams

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide many many scholarships and make college a possibility for so many more deserving but left behind kids!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

One year ago I saw an ad in the local newspaper for an organization called Take Stock In Children asking for interested persons to come to an informational meeting. I responded to the ad and after hearing the testimonies of various persons who had mentored students, and the satisfaction each one felt having been a part in helping these under-privileged children, I knew I needed to be involved. Within a very short time I was assigned a student at Merritt Island High School where we met each week. We seemed to hit it off from the first introduction and she soon knew I would be there for her to help guide and encourage her. I kept a check on her grades and we would discuss her options for what colleges she could attend, what scholarships were available and how things were going in general. She graduated in May and I was honored to be asked to attend with her family and friends. We have since stayed in touch through email and at her work, and look forward to our having a "catch up" lunch very soon. She would not have had the financial means to go to college if not for TSIC. Thank you — not only for giving her this opportunity to further her education and dreams, but for letting me be a part. I am now mentoring two sophomores at Space Coast High School. I got to meet with them at the very end of last school year and we have been meeting each week since the end of September. It has been a challenge to have these students feel comfortable to share what goes on in their lives and school. I am able to encourage them in their studies and all that this program has to offer. I look forward to watching these young people grow in maturity in the next three years with definite goals and ambitions. It is a wonderful opportunity for each one and I am blessed to once again be a part in this process.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my first student graduate and now being able to go on to college to pursue her education.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to see the sincere care and willingness the TSIC staff has to help in any way they can in regard to the students or volunteers. They are always most encouraging.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

most helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide for so many more students to fulfill their educational pursuits.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

I first learned about the program Take Stock in Children when there would be an occasional article in the local paper. I had been wanting to keep active in the school setting since I am a retired teacher so chose this program. I liked the idea of having the opportunity to work with the same student all the way through high school. I started seeing my student, Jose Vanegas, last year at Oak Park Middle School in Leesburg. The first thing that impressed me about Jose were his good manners. I was so surprised when he opened the door for me the first time we walked into the library together. We decided to work on his writing skills which worked out very nicely. I learned so much about him through his writing. I guess I would have to say that one of the highlights of last year was when Jose had to choose several books to read followed by passing a test. He immediately told me that he always chooses a book with the fewest pages plus he usually didn't read the whole book. I had to laugh at that one! The first book he chose was actually a classic. I told him that I was going to read it too so be ready to discuss it the following session. The first thing Jose did was pull a paper out of his binder and hand it to me. He had already taken the test and got an A. It was exciting to see him so proud because as a rule Jose doesn't show much emotion. I'm happy to say that Jose wanted to continue being my student at Leesburg High School so I am in the process of becoming familiar with the school just like Jose. I feel like the program is very beneficial and I am pleased to be a part of it. Joan Kulikovskis

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my interaction with other mentors.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to see a student graduate from high school

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always very helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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