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October 6, 2009

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October 6, 2009

As a mentor to the same Take Stock in Children student for three years, I have connected with the increasing struggles facing low-income families and their children today. Even so, my student gave $20 of her first meager paycheck to a homeless person outside WalMart. Our Take Stock student advocate paves the way at school arranging meeting places and keeping me up to date on opportunities available to my student and me to explore resources and participate in activities that will help me provide support to her as she moves from high school and hopefully on to college.

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

being with the student I mentor and building what I hope will be a life-long friendship with her.

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

Every one involved with Take Stock in Children is volunteering for all the right reasons; whether helping a child succeed or helping fundraise so more children can be enrolled and helped.

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

Purchase scholarships for all Florida's at-risk middle school children who are potential college students but don't have access to the resources or prep skills needed to be successful in college.

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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This is my first year working with Take Stock in Children. I have really enjoyed getting to know the student I am mentoring and also knowing that I have helped her in many ways. I meet with my student, at least, once a week and discuss her future goals and how she is doing now. She was unaware of all of the scholarship opportunities out there that she can take advantage of. She is a junior and a very intelligent young lady. It has truly been a please meeting with her and letting her bounce ideas off me. Just last week she brought in some pictures that she had taken for her photography class, I could tell that she was hesitant to show them off because she didn't know how I would react. Her pictures were awesome and I could tell how happy it made her to have an adult’s approval of her work.

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

feeling like I am making a difference in somebody's life.

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

I have not met any of the volunteers yet, but Angi has done a great job of keep me informed and up to date

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 6, 2009

I mentor a young lady named Sarah. Sarah comes from a single parent home with that parent being disabled. I have watched Sarah flourish through the years. She is an excellent student and does much of the care-taking of her mother. She is an honor student and has dreams--the scholarship will provide the opportunity for this student to rise a level above her parents and family situation. The talks that we share have built a relationship in which she can share concerns and I can provide guidance and encouragement.

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

...the regular ongoing meetings that I have with my student. She will have an opportunity in life that no one else in her family ever has had.

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

...offer even more scholarships to needy students

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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October 6, 2009

This is my first experience with Take Stock in Children. I have really enjoyed meeting with my student, and was thrilled to find out how excited she was to meet with me and be a part of this program!

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

My career, where I have seen these students go to college with scholarships and guidance from the volunteers.

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

I would give volunteers an agenda

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

Bonding with my student.

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

Happy and helpful community leaders

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

Send a lot more kids to college!

Ways to make it better...

I wish I had a better time to meet with my student without pulling her from lunch with her friends.

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

A lot of economically challenged students move around a lot making it difficult to keep mentors and students together.

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

This is an amazing organization that provides scholarships and support to the kids who need it most.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 6, 2009

Take Stock in Children (Santa Rosa County, Florida) is beneficial in so many ways. This organization provides scholarships to financially needy children. Their accompanying mentor program gives one-on-one time to these worthy students, giving support and guidance as they go through the critical teen years. I feel privileged to be a part of this process. This is my 3rd year to mentor a high school student who is eligible for a paid-in-full college scholarship if she maintains her grade point average. She is now a junior and we started our relationship her freshman year. During this time, we have become very close. I am so proud of my mentee and tell her so frequently. If it weren't for this program, this bright sweet girl would never have a chance to go to college due to her family's financial circumstances. I look forward to attending her college graduation and see her become a contributing member to society.

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

that I can see the excitement of my mentee when she talks about her plans for college.

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

amazing people who are willing to give their time and attention to help these deserving kids go to college.

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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October 6, 2009

I am a mentor for Take Stock in Children. I've been mentoring the same young lady for a little over two years now. I've had the pleasure of helping her set goals and strive to reach those goals. This program will allow students from economically disadvantaged families have the opportunity to attend college. I wish this program had been around when I was in high school. It's a positive approach to reaching the students that hope to achieve success after high school.

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

impact the lives of so many young people that think college isn't an option for them. It helps students stay focused, keep up their grades, get involved with community service projects, and stay out of trouble.

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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