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Take Stock in Children
October 18, 2009

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!

The Great!

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

observing a very bright student having the opportunity to go to college.

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

being able to be an "ear" for a student who just needs someone to be interested and to care about them.

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

truly caring about making it possible for kids to be successful and shoot for their dreams

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

provide many many scholarships and make college a possibility for so many more deserving but left behind kids!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I regularly mentor a student.