Program dedicated to the children of the community. When so many kids are being left behind they take up the slack and reach out to those who would probably be out in the streets. The program is a positive move in the right direction. We should all care so much.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.