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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Human Services, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: Take Stock in Children aims to passionately promote personal growth, self responsibility and academic success for deserving low-income students by providing a unique set of resources including mentors, scholarships, long term support, student advocacy and a guaranteed educational opportunity. Our purpose is to prepare and develop our students to be successful people, focused on being their best and contributing members of society. Our goal is to develop confidence, competence, pride, a sense of belonging and hope in each student. Achieving this goal will result in an improved quality of life for all of our stakeholders. We believe that a willing child can succeed with the help of passionate and caring people, encouragement and challenge, hard work and accountability.

Geographic areas served: Florida

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am Kayla & I would like tone volunteer in order to serve this country. As I had an experience as a volunteer in Canada, this is my honor to join your organization. Please feel free to contact me : lokayla@hotmail.com

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Take Stock in Children Mentor program is a wonderful program and i am very happy i was apart of it even though i went through two mentors they were both great mentors who taught me a lot. They gave me all the wisdom they have and i sucked in all of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started mentoring Sierra Robinson in 2004 when she was in 7th grade. I bring lunch and we visit on a weekly basis. I have watched her grow and become a responsible adult. She shares her experiences at school and home and sometimes, I am able to help her with decisions. This is a great program for both the student and the mentor. The Take Stock adminsitration provides support and information. They helped Sierra find an individual in her chosen field that she could shadow. This experience helped Sierra make a definite decision on her future career path. I would recommend this program to anyone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Krewe of the Silver Slipper is an all female Mardi Gras Krewe. In 2007 and 2008 Take Stock In Children was our Charity. We bought two scholarships and I have the priviledge to mentor our first student, a 7th grader. I will stay with Courtney until she graduates High School and I hope she will continue to send me updates with how she does in college. I enjoy taking part in this young ladies life; weekly I am struck with how many aspects of her life she has going against her. Without Take Stock there is no way she would go to college. The scholarship is giving her great incentive to keep her grades to A's and B's and most importantly keep her from getting into trouble. Given her home environment, Take Stock is her life line to a better future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a mentor for the past seven years and have observed the success of the program with one of my own students, and the success of several other young people who were mentored by others I have met since joining the program. None of the students I have worked with would have enjoyed the succcess they have achieved to date without the support of the Take Stock In Children Program and the direction it provided.