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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 9, 2009

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October 9, 2009

I have been involved with Take Stock for 7 years - raising money for scholarships, reviewing applications from the schools and meeting with Take Stock students. This program provides comprehensive support in addition to providing the scholarship venue. The combination is a winner. The students "earn" th their scholarship and become better citizens not only through education but through life lessons learned through interaction with their mentors.

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

impact an entire community of families by providing needed scholarships for education. Giving students a "hand up" instead of a "hand out" is what this program does and the results are phenomenal.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

Take Stock In Children provides high achieving, low income high school students an excellent opportunity to receive a scholarship for college tuition. The program's dynamics and parameters assist keeping the students on track throughout high school with weekly meetings with mentor and regular review of their grades & attendance. The program offers an additional support system for these students to rely upon.

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

seeing the student I mentored graduate high school with honors then successfully complete college courses.

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

the friendships which develop between the students and mentors which last long past high school graduation.

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

incredible here in Volusia County, FL. Pam Martin and Marsha Lewis do a fabulous job coordinating the program and ensuring the students remain on track. They're also wonderful resources to the mentors and do 95% of the fundraising.

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

offer 2+2 Florida Prepaid College Scholarships to 1,333 students.

Ways to make it better...

more funds could have been raised to support all of the qualified students who apply for the program. It's difficult serving on a selection committee and having to reject students who exceed the criteria but the funding just isn't available.

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

as with all organizations, the ability to raise funds for the scholarships.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

Take stock in Children is making a difference. Where else can a student be afforded the opportunity to attend college with the support to achieve that goal? Each child is paired with a mentor who provides the leadership and mentoring for the child to succeed.

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

meeting the actual child my scholarship made the difference in their life.

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

witnessing first hand the success Take Stock plays in the individual role of each child.

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

energetic and believed in their program.

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

change the world. Over 2000 kids could go to college who might not otherwise. Each kid would then influence the lives of everyone they touch ultimately reaching the world.

Ways to make it better...

I would have been involved from the inception.

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

needs for funding. In our private/public partnership we always have to solicit donations from the general public.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 6, 2009

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October 6, 2009

Take Stock is just an incredible program for getting involved in teenagers lives, making a difference, keeping them on the right track in and out of school and getting them through college. I'm on the TSIC Leadership Board and have also served as a mentor for 6 years. I see the background from trying to select the most needy children for the program to providing counseling for children in unstable homes. We've seen so many children be the 1st to graduate from high school in their families and from college too. One child I mentored for 4 years and still keep in touch with is a Senior at the University of Florida going into occupational therapy. She is the youngest of 3 children from a family that the father left shortly after relocating the family to the US from Haiti. She is the first to graduate high school and graduating from college is just a dream come true for her. The support received from our local TSIC is what helped her to be able to believe in herself and achieve those goals.

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

presenting awards at the high school graduations of the graduates of the TSIC program.

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

give it more money.

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

spending time with children and helping to make a difference in their lives.

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

Generous with their time and money and dedicated to the cause.

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

assist 2,000 more children by providing mentors, holding them accountable for their grades and actions and giving them college scholarships.

Ways to make it better...

I had a little more detailed script.

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

budget cutbacks.

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

Each of these children that TSIC helps to get through high school and college will return the favor to us by becoming productive citizens of society and in turn volunteering their time and talents to others.

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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