This is my first year working with Take Stock in Children. I have really enjoyed getting to know the student I am mentoring and also knowing that I have helped her in many ways. I meet with my student, at least, once a week and discuss her future goals and how she is doing now. She was unaware of all of the scholarship opportunities out there that she can take advantage of. She is a junior and a very intelligent young lady. It has truly been a please meeting with her and letting her bounce ideas off me. Just last week she brought in some pictures that she had taken for her photography class, I could tell that she was hesitant to show them off because she didn't know how I would react. Her pictures were awesome and I could tell how happy it made her to have an adult’s approval of her work.
I mentor a young lady named Sarah. Sarah comes from a single parent home with that parent being disabled. I have watched Sarah flourish through the years. She is an excellent student and does much of the care-taking of her mother. She is an honor student and has dreams--the scholarship will provide the opportunity for this student to rise a level above her parents and family situation. The talks that we share have built a relationship in which she can share concerns and I can provide guidance and encouragement.
This is my first experience with Take Stock in Children. I have really enjoyed meeting with my student, and was thrilled to find out how excited she was to meet with me and be a part of this program!
Take Stock in Children (Santa Rosa County, Florida) is beneficial in so many ways. This organization provides scholarships to financially needy children. Their accompanying mentor program gives one-on-one time to these worthy students, giving support and guidance as they go through the critical teen years. I feel privileged to be a part of this process. This is my 3rd year to mentor a high school student who is eligible for a paid-in-full college scholarship if she maintains her grade point average. She is now a junior and we started our relationship her freshman year. During this time, we have become very close. I am so proud of my mentee and tell her so frequently. If it weren't for this program, this bright sweet girl would never have a chance to go to college due to her family's financial circumstances. I look forward to attending her college graduation and see her become a contributing member to society.
I am a mentor for Take Stock in Children. I've been mentoring the same young lady for a little over two years now. I've had the pleasure of helping her set goals and strive to reach those goals. This program will allow students from economically disadvantaged families have the opportunity to attend college. I wish this program had been around when I was in high school. It's a positive approach to reaching the students that hope to achieve success after high school.