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October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

I have been involved with Take Stock in Children for over 8 years. this was the same program but in Pasco County Fl. Now I live in the Villages and I have a young lady that I see once a week. I have found the program to be beneficial to the young ladies I have mentored and equally beneficial to me. this, to me, is a superlative program and deserves praise and continuting support from all. I have followed two of my charges thru college and the experience for both of us was more like mother and daughter and we still keep in touch but now we are friends. Bettina Van Buren

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

giving hope and advice to someone that was in need wether academically or personally and watching them grow and become terrific young ladies thus giving me pride in them and myself.

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

the staff has been wonderful and always there when I needed them

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

knowledgeable, helpful and courteous

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

do more for teens

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 8, 2009

It's been a real pleasure to meet with my student every week. I've watch him grow to be a great young man. I still have 2 years of meeting with him, then he goes off to college. This is by far the best program for the children of Florida.

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

the staff is wonderful

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

more children couyld benefit

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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I have been in the program for two years and believe the program definetly makes a difference in the lives of the children we are mentoring. I have seen an improvement in the attitude and academics of my mentee in the two years I have been with him. Just recently his grades have improved dramatically over the prior year. The support we receive from the administrators of the progam has been extremely helpful. I think the program is well run is making a difference in the lifes of the children involved.

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

Being closely involved with the student and seeing the progress being made

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 8, 2009

This is a fantastic scholarship and drop out prevention program. It encourages at-risk young people to excel by providing them trained mentors from the local community who care about them and their success. It incentivizes young people to not only do well in school and be drug, alcohol and trouble free, but it gives them a wonderful goal - a free four year college education - that they can achieve with their own efforts.

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

Mentoring a Melbourne High School student who is at-risk of dropping out. With the help of Take Stock in Children, he is staying in school and excelling.

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

The enthusiasm of staff is infectious, and the appreciation of students for the program and their mentors is incredibly rewarding.

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

Enthusiasti, positive and joyful about the good work they do for kids.

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

Lower the drop-out rate in Brevard County Schools to nearly zero.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 8, 2009

This is my third year as a mentor for Take Stock in Children. During my three years, I have had the opportunity to work with three exceptional youth from varying backgrounds all striving to become better citizens in our community. The experience I want to share involves one of the two students I currently mentor. My student and I have totally different backgrounds - my parents stayed together while they raised my siblings and I, we knew a stable family life and were awarded many opportunities. My student is being raised in a single parent household and spends much of her time in and out of shelters. During the last school year, she did not spend more than two weeks at any one address. During that time, her father was released from prison and came back into her life. It was a very confusing time for her. By spending additional time with her in person and on the phone, she was able to open up and share with me things that had happened to her as a child that were resurfacing now that her father had returned. She was afraid to share these feelings with the school and with her mother. The Take Stock Program opened the door for her to have a trusted adult she could turn to and share her feelings with and know she would be safe. Without this program, my student would not have known how to get the help she desperately needed. I was able to get her into some youth support groups over the summer and into counseling. This year, her grades are improving and she seems much more relaxed and happier. Her mother is still moving her around, but she can now speak with her father and that relationship is on the mend. The Take Stock Program goes so much farther than just giving a child the tools for an education, it builds the foundation of trust that may never have been known to a child.

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

the growth of the students I mentor.

Ways to make it better...

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

make the organization more visible in the community.

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

the relationship building.

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

dedicated, honest, and valuable.

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

change the future of America one child at a time.

Ways to make it better...

we had a private place set aside to meet the students we mentor.

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

budget cuts at the state level.

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

for every child this organization helps, there are countless others that are not getting helped. Giving enough volunteers and funds, imagine the possibilities.

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 8, 2009

This is my fourth year serving as a mentor for a local high school student, Angela. I have grown to love volunteering for my community and enjoy spending time each week with my student. I've watched her grow into a bright young woman and helped her prepare for her next milestone, college. Take Stock in Children helps underprivelged children pair up with a mentor to encourage responsibility and academic excellence in preparation for college. Without Take Stock, Angela would not have the means or motivation to go to college after high school. I'm proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization like Take Stock in Children.

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

mentoring the student and watching her succeed in her classes.

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

the interpersonal relationship I have with my student.

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

very professional and organized.

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

mentor thousands of students each year and give them an awesome opportunity to get a college education!

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 8, 2009

I have been working as a volunteer mentor with the Take Stock In Children program for about a month now. I find the people and program to be excellet in its focus on helping students excell at personally and achedemically. I meet once a week at the school media center where we go over the studen't career goals, achedemic performance, and personal growth needs. I believe that the two students are getting an additional adult input in helping them with there growth needs.

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

working with my student mentees.

Ways to make it better...

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

keep it the same.

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

helping my mentees work towards their goals.

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

super to work with.

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

expand its program and help even more students with mentoring and scholarships.

Ways to make it better...

I could have met other experienced mentors and exchanged ideas with them before starting mentoring myself.

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

finding more volunteer mentors.

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

keep up the good work.

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 7, 2009

I have had the opportunity to be involved with the adolescent population for many years. I grew up in a loving home, but one where out of necessity my parents worked 24/7. In elementary school one of my teachers extended herself, and took an interest in me because I was very quiet. Today, that teacher would be considered a "mentor" and this bond lasted for 35 years. Through this program I am able to pass on what it meant to have a special person take an interest in me and I in turn can help others that are in the program. This program really does work!

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

The training that is provided and the information that they provide.

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

The support that is given to the volunteers, the schools are very happy that we are on board with them.

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

Awsome!

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

Serve more students in middle and high school, have more advocates seeing 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 7, 2009

I have mentored 3 students for Take Stock. The organization is attentive to my needs as a working adult trying to volunteer my time, without taking advantage or asking too much. The organization listens to my requests (ie, matching me with like-minded students). My desire to work with teens has been fulfilled and I have been so rewarded! One of my students is now in college and we communicate almost daily. I know that we will have a life-long friendship. This work makes me feel like I am making a difference in someone's life.

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

that a young person who is fully capable of finishing college will get to do just that! She is not ruled by her parent's limitations and will have an education and career that will support herself and make her a valuable contributor to society.

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

... can't think of a thing here.... (give them more money so that more students could benefit from this program.)

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

my relationship with these young people.

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

always kind and attentive. They seem to remember the names of all the students AND the volunteers. It makes a person feel valuable when someone remembers who you are and what you do.

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

send numerous students on toward their secondary education. I firmly believe that education creates a better society.

Ways to make it better...

I had been given a little more information about the student. (I believe there might be some confidentiality that they cannot break, leaving it up to me to get to know the student and their personal issues.)

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

the lack of (1) volunteer mentors so that each student could have the individual attention they deserve; (2) staff so that they could evaluate more students; and (3) money, so they could include more students.

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

The staff has been the same within the organization since I began to volunteer; this speaks well of the management and staff. They are all fully committed to this program.

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 7, 2009

Through Take Stock in Children, I have had the honor of working with a young woman for the last four years. We meet regularly through this mentoring program, and it has been as good an experience for me as it has been for her. When we first started to see each other, as the student entered 9th grade, we talked about many things. I picked up a box of crayons and some drawing paper and many an hour went by quickly as we drew pictures and chatted. I noticed at first, she would draw what I was drawing. If I drew flowers, she'd draw flowers. I'm not sure when the change happened, but I noticed that now when we color, she has her own original ideas. When I realized that one day, I realized that she was really becoming an adult. I guess that sums up how I feel about mentoring. A safe place to share and try out new ideas. Through our time together, we've both grown. I am honored to be part of this program.

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

The staff and volunteers are amazing. Often, I'll ask for advice when it comes to working with my student and they always go above and beyond to assist me.

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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