“Andrew is a sophomore at Bay High School. Andrew self-describes as shy but bright, and he enjoys weightlifting and playing basketball. As soon as Andrew turns 15, he wants to get a job because money is very tight in his home, where he lives with his mother (who suffers a chronic illness) and his pre-K age sister. His father is currently incarcerated. Andrew wants to pursue a career in engineering, but he told us he wants to get “all the degrees.” His mom inspires him to work hard. Andrew is a second-year scholar with the Take Stock program.”
Andrew and several other students are waiting for a mentor to help them navigate the high school journey and beyond!
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 earn a postsecondary 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 students.
The Take Stock in Children program is a mentoring program through the state of Florida, administered locally through the Bay Education Foundation. Students who complete the TSIC mentoring program earn a Florida Prepaid scholarship to be used for post-secondary education. Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students 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 continue through high school and include their transition into college.
The Take Stock in Children program also provides mentors, staff support, and guidance to ensure that the students—many of whom are the first in their families to attend college—are prepared for the rigors of college coursework. Take Stock in Children scholars are required to maintain good grades, exhibit exemplary behavior, and remain drug-and crime-free.
What is a Take Stock in Children Mentor?
A Take Stock mentor is a community volunteer who has a desire to mentor, guide, advise, and lead a high school student in Bay District Schools.
What does a Take Stock Mentor do?
A Take Stock mentor meets with a scholar or small group of scholars. Mentors meet students at their high schools. Often, mentors will bring lunch for their mentees, but it is not required. Prior to beginning the mentoring process, we provide a Mentor Orientation to answer questions and provide more details about our program. We’ll also get you set up with an app on your phone to log your mentoring sessions.
What is the time commitment to mentor?
Take Stock mentors meet twice a month for mentoring sessions. Mentors can meet more if they would like. Mentoring sessions last thirty minutes and usually take place during the student’s lunch period at school. We ask that mentors commit to a full school year.
I don’t have the opportunity to leave work for my lunch. Can I still mentor?
Absolutely! Mentoring sessions can take place through multiple communication formats. Mentees and mentors can meet through a digital meeting service like Zoom or Google Meet, Mentoring can also take place through regular texting communication, offered through a special Take Stock app. Or, mentoring can be any combination of in-person meetings, digital meetings, and texting!
How do I sign up?
It’s easy to become a mentor & we’re so glad you asked! Here are the steps:
1. Complete the application.
2. Watch a 25-minute video online.
3. Attend a mentor orientation (not required but really helpful)
4. Change a life over lunch!
TAKE STOCK MENTORSOur mentors are the heartbeat of our program! We are so thankful for our mentors and everything they do for our Take Stock Scholars!
Leigh Anne Miller
Mary Beth Lovingood
Timothy Blake Southerland
Linda Scott Hennerbichler
James Robbie Hughes
Nicole Ramos Jones
TSIC HIGH SCHOOL ADVOCATES
Jamie Campbell – Arnold High School
Cheryl Burris – Bay High School
Angel Kent – Bozeman High School
Karen Johnson – Mosley High School
Chelsea Gibson – North Bay Haven
Karen Parham – Palm Bay Prep
Ashley Myatt – Rutherford High School
TAKE STOCK ADMINISTRATORS
Executive Director, Mentor Coordinator
College Success Coach
Timeline for Take Stock Applications
March 1 – March 31: Application Period
May: Families Notified of Acceptance
August: New Student Orientation
- Desire to be mentored
- Have great attendance
- Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Have great behavior
- Prove financial need: Families must financially qualify & be willing to provide documentation of income. See below for specific Financial Information
All students must qualify under at least one of the options outlined below:
(1) Free and Reduced Lunch program / USDA Income Eligibility Guidelines Chart
(2) HUD Documentation / HUD Income Eligibility by County Guidelines Chart
(3) Medicaid Recipient Documentation
(4) SNAP or TANF Recipient Documentation
(5) Other (see list below)
(1) Qualified applicants must be a recipient of the Free and Reduced Lunch program and meet the income eligibility guidelines published annually by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Guidelines Announced for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals and Milk Programs), included as part of this Take Stock Income Eligibility Packet. To qualify under this standard, students must receive and be verified (through a review of their current year filed IRS Tax Form 1040) as income eligible to receive Free/Reduced Price lunch (receipt of Free/Reduced Lunch without Tax verification will not be accepted). See Table 1: Qualifying Under Free and Reduced Lunch Program /USDA Guidelines Source: https://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/childrens-health/child-care-foodprogram/_documents/income-eligibility.pdf
(2) Qualified applicants must be a recipient or meet the income eligibility guidelines published annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). To qualify, applicants must not exceed the “Very Low Income” eligibility threshold designated by the HUD standard published annually for the county in which the student resides. Please contact our office for instructions to qualify under HUD guidelines.
(3) Qualified applicants must be a recipient of Florida Medicaid services. Medicaid eligibility in Florida is determined either by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) or the Social Security Administration (for SSI recipients). To qualify under this standard, students must currently be receiving services (through a review of their Florida Medicaid benefits) and must provide official documentation for eligibility from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) or the Social Security Administration (for SSI recipients).
(4) Qualified applicants must be a SNAP recipient. SNAP eligibility is determined by the State of Florida through the Department of Children and Families. To qualify under this standard, students must currently be receiving services and must provide official documentation for eligibility from the Department of Children and Families.
(5) In the instance the student’s parents/guardian does not file Federal income taxes, the following documents can be used to verify income eligibility for the Take Stock in Children program: a) TANF – Letter from State of Florida indicating that family has been approved to receive TANF benefit and names of household beneficiaries (the student applicant’s name should be listed as part of household on the document). The date of eligibility for benefits indicated on the letter should align with the application date for the TSIC program (i.e., the student should be eligible to receive TANF benefits at the time of TSIC application). b) Proof that the student is in Foster Care (currently active as a foster care student during the application period of TSIC). c) Signed document on school district letterhead, from the School district’s Homeless Liaison, verifying in writing that the student is homeless and qualifies for free/reduced lunch. The document date should align with the date of the TSIC application.