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Take Stock in Children

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Human Services, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: Take Stock in Children aims to passionately promote personal growth, self responsibility and academic success for deserving low-income students by providing a unique set of resources including mentors, scholarships, long term support, student advocacy and a guaranteed educational opportunity. Our purpose is to prepare and develop our students to be successful people, focused on being their best and contributing members of society. Our goal is to develop confidence, competence, pride, a sense of belonging and hope in each student. Achieving this goal will result in an improved quality of life for all of our stakeholders. We believe that a willing child can succeed with the help of passionate and caring people, encouragement and challenge, hard work and accountability.

Geographic areas served: Florida

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Take Stock in Children is a very compassionate and caring organization. Their goal is to definitely give deserving students a chance to grow personally and academically. With their help and support throughout these past years, TSIC has helped me reach my goal of going to college and continuing my education after high school. I received a scholarship in middle school and since then I have been involved in various functions they have had. From meeting my mentor once a week to partaking in luncheons, this program has helped me with both my social skills and gave me the strength I needed to get involved with my community and finish school. I am very grateful that TSIC chose me as one of its recipients. It changed my life forever and I have definitely made a lifetime friendship!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Take Stock has been an amazing organizatiion for me. Because of Take Stock, I am guaranteed to have part of my college paid for. This lifts a large burden off f my shoulders because I know that my future will be brighter and unscarred by finincaial debt. Take Stock has also helped me look for a college that fits my social and academic needs. It gave me tours of colleges in Florida that I would have not been able to go on otherwise. Take Stock has also given me a mentor, and she is a great person that I can count of for guidance and support. Through Take Stock I have learned of other charaties that help me with school funds and make my life easier. I would like to thank Take Stock for everything that they have done and will do for me. Ericka Kirkpatrick, NSBHS Junior HOSA President

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Take Stock in Children has been the best experienced that has crossed my path. I thank Take Stock with all of my heart for paying for my school and keeping me on track with my mentor Connie Crocker. Thank you Connie for your support. Take Stock in Children is helping me on my journey to a successful future as a Science Teacher! Thank You!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with the Take Stock in Children scholarship program has been a tremendously positive one. The TSIC program has definitely given my family and me the tools we needed to help me further my education, as well as my sister's and brother's by awarding them academic scholarships as well. Even during a particularly rough time, after a horrible car accident, for which I had an extended hospital stay, TSIC was there for me, and worked with my teachers and deans to make sure that my GPA didn't suffer, and that tutoring and assistance was there for me if I needed it. I am so grateful to all of the opportunities TSIC has blessed me with, and I know that without them, making it through college would have been so much harder. They also provided me with a wonderful mentor, Julie Ryan, who was there with me all through my school years and took an active interest in my personal life as well as education, and was a genuine, sincere, and open person. Julie was the perfect mentor, and really made me feel comfortable and like I could do anything. Her words of encouragement always inspired me, and I am grateful to TSIC and Julie Ryan for giving me the best high school years I could ask for!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience as a Take Stock and Children Scholar has been amazing. TSIC allowed me to go to college without the stresses of attaining thousands of dollars that my family and I did not have. More importantly, they provided me with a mentor that would encourage me in my efforts to succeed in life and to become an attorney. I'm glad to say that I still communicate with my mentor 10 years later (after receiving the scholarship). TSIC has also been there to help me network and find places to work in furtherance of my career goals. Without TSIC's assistance I would not currently be attending law school. I am so thankful for organizations like TSIC and not only the opportunities they have afforded me with, but also the lives of the individuals that they will continue to affect in an extremely positive way.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My Daughter meets a mentor every week that helps her focus her energy and attention to more academic resources. I believe that having an adult outside the family to talk to on a regular basis is very healthy for a teenager going through High School peer pressure and everything else in between.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I applied for this scholarship in 7th grade, and received it in the 8th grade. I am currently a junior at Melbourne High School, and Judy Robson is my mentor. At the beginning I didn't have a mentor, after that I had a hard time keeping one due to distance and other issues, but I got Mrs. Robson as my mentor in my sophomore year, and I adore her. She helps me with understanding what I should do to stay on track, and gives me that extra push I need just when I'm starting to get discouraged. I am very grateful for this program, and for my mentor as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing on behalf of my daughter. My daughter received a Take Stock in Children scholarship this year. I am first of all very thankful there is an orginzation that supports the type of scholarship my daughter has received. I am very grateful to the family that has donated the proceeds for my daughter's scholarship. I think that the Take Stock in Children is a wonderful way to offer students a opportunity to have a future in college. It teaches them that they are responsible for their future and what great opportunities lay ahead if they stick to their goals and the requirements of the program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had one of the best experiences with Take Stock. I have had it for a little over 4 years and I am now currently in my first year of college. I was blessed with one of the best mentors. I didn't have a mentor for 2 years and in the beginning of my sophomore year I was assigned a mentor by the name of Jill. Jill and I met during my lunch and we just have grown so close. I talk to her everyday now and we have gotten to be best friends. I am so thankful for all the blessings Take Stock has given me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience with Take Stock In Children. They supplied me with a loving, caring mentor. They have frequent checks with me. Asking about my grades and if there is anything they could do to help. I have toured UCF because of Take Stock In Children. They have aso given me numerous back-to-school supplies so I have all I need to succeed.