Take Stock in Children strives to help at risk Palm Beach County students, ages 12 through 18, graduate high school by providing advocacy, college-readiness services and caring adult volunteer mentors. But the program doesn't end there every student graduating the program receives a full-tuition college scholarship. Thanks to community partners and financial supporters, Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County will be able to provide this life-changing opportunity to 200 additional students by June 2014.
Founded in 1995, the organization helps provide students with resources they need to be successful in college and become productive citizens in the community. The youth benefiting from this program include those from single parent families, those with parents suffering from a disability or addiction/alcoholism and those where English is not the first language spoken at home. Many students are first in their family to obtain a college degree. Take Stock in Children believes that by changing the life of a child, the cycle of poverty and desolation can be broken. The support of local partners and sponsors allows Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County to make this special impact on a child's life.
Thanks to collaboration with AVID, The School District of Palm Beach County, Workforce Alliance and the Take Stock in Children state office, Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County will have the opportunity to enroll 200 new students into its Program by June 2014. This partnership will expand the program to service 46 percent more children than ever before. In addition, the tireless efforts of Nancy Reese, Assistant Director, Safe Schools, and Keith Oswald, Assistant Superintendent, have been instrumental in helping to narrow the educational achievement gap for low-income and minority students in Palm Beach County.
The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County has also established a partnership with Take Stock in Children by way of its AmeriCorps Members. This partnership allows the organization to provide its students with college readiness services and SAT prep. As College Readiness Coaches, the AmeriCorps Members meet with students to discuss grade specific plans to better prepare for college.
Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County would also like to thank its funders that have supported the program: Tire Kingdom, TBC Corp., William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, Florida Crystals Corp., P.B. Golf Association, Provenance Wealth Advisors, 3cInteractive, IBM, The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, Jason Taylor Foundation, Sun Sentinel Children's Fund, Town of PB United Way, Jarden Consumer Solutions, Lattner Family Foundation, KPMG, Pavilion Development, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and many others that believe in the program, students and mission to provide scholarships, mentors and hope to the community's most deserving children. To learn more about Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County, visit takestockpalmbeach.org or follow on Facebook (facebook.com/takestockpalmbeachcounty) and Twitter (twitter.com/takestockpbc).
Take Stock in Children is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with an 18-year history of providing mentors, educational scholarships and hope for Florida's low-income and deserving youth. The organization has helped more than 18,000 children in partnership with more than 800 public schools throughout 67 counties in Florida. It's the only scholarship mentoring program with a high school graduation rate of 95 percent in Florida. Upon successful high school graduation, students are awarded a scholarship to any college, university or vocational school in the state of Florida.