Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition into college. Our program is based on the principal that given extensive support, motivation and accountability, children will work hard to ensure that they graduate from high school and attain a college degree. We fund our college scholarships and student services through a unique public-private fund raising model, and our mentors generously volunteer their mentoring services to our children. Take Stock in Children's multi-year commitment to at-risk children in our county is also an investment in the communities in which our students live. We know that the education of a child is an investment in their future and the assured way of breaking the cycle of poverty. Our goal is to continue to reduce the number of high school drop-outs and to increase the number of students who finish college and enter the workforce successfully. Each student that enters our program signs a contract promising to remain crime and drug free, maintain a 2.5 GPA and above, exhibit good behavior, and meet with their assigned mentor regularly through high school graduation. Upon graduation, students receive a college tuition scholarship.
Take Stock in Children Mentors meet with an assigned student 2-4 times per month, on school grounds, during school hours. They act as an additional support system for the student, and help them in school and life related issues. Mentors are matched with a student at a school that is convenient for them. We ask that mentors commit to a student for at least a full school year. Tutors will meet with Take Stock students on a needed basis and tutor students in specific subject areas.