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Take Stock in Children
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.

The Great!

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

give it more money.

More feedback

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

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I spent time mentoring children so that they could believe in themselves, get decent grades, stay out of trouble and reach for the stars.