I have been involved as a board member and donor. It has been gratifying to see the impact that Take Stock in Children has on the lives of students and their families. It is an awesome program.
I have been involved with Take Stock for 7 years - raising money for scholarships, reviewing applications from the schools and meeting with Take Stock students. This program provides comprehensive support in addition to providing the scholarship venue. The combination is a winner. The students "earn" th their scholarship and become better citizens not only through education but through life lessons learned through interaction with their mentors.
Take Stock In Children provides high achieving, low income high school students an excellent opportunity to receive a scholarship for college tuition. The program's dynamics and parameters assist keeping the students on track throughout high school with weekly meetings with mentor and regular review of their grades & attendance. The program offers an additional support system for these students to rely upon.
Take stock in Children is making a difference. Where else can a student be afforded the opportunity to attend college with the support to achieve that goal? Each child is paired with a mentor who provides the leadership and mentoring for the child to succeed.
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.