Conference Spotlight: Pathways to Success Summit Highlights Take Stock Success

Take Stock in Children, a non-profit organization in Florida that provides scholarships, mentors and hope to at-risk students, recognized its top champions during its 2014 Leadership Summit: Pathways to Success held February 12-13, 2014 in Tallahassee.
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Mentor Spotlight: Francine Swadley-Lemay

There’s a saying that goes “Do a good turn daily.” The Girl Scout slogan, which has been used since 1912, is a reminder of the many ways girls can contribute positively to the lives of others. Francine Swadley-Lemay takes that slogan to heart.
As an alumna of the Take Stock in Children program, Francine today pays it forward by...
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Alumni Spotlight: Wilnic Gideon Honored as 2014 Alumni of the Year

Boca Raton High School Dean Wilnic Gideon was announced as the recipient of Take Stock in Children’s 2014 Alumni of the Year.
Since 1995, more than 14,000 Take Stock in Children scholars have graduated from high school and Wilnic Gideon was singled out of many for the honor this year.  Read more »

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National Mentoring Month in Florida Six Mentored High School Students Selected to Receive Leaders for Life™ Fellowship Award

At the beginning of National Mentoring Month, six mentored Florida high school student scholars were chosen as 2014 Take Stock in Children’s Leaders for Life™ Fellows. Take Stock in Children is a statewide non-profit organization with a 19-year history of providing scholarships, mentors and hope for deserving, needs-based youth to help break the cycle of poverty. The Leaders for Life™ Fellowship program was created in partnership with the Asofsky Family Foundation and each award is valued at $40,000.

The 2014 Leaders for Life™ Fellows are Jorden Holland (Okaloosa County), Daniella Rossi (Indian River County), Jacquelynn Shelton (Pasco County), Kevin Tierney (Volusia County, and Jovani Hernandez and Lucero Torres (Desoto, Hardee and Highlands Counties). These highly motivated scholars were selected based on their demonstration of strong leadership skills, moral character and academic success and are six of thousands of Florida high school students currently being mentored through Take Stock in Children.

On January 8, the 2014 Leaders for Life™ Fellows were surprised in their schools with the announcement and will be officially awarded their fellowships during Take Stock in Children’s leadership conference at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tallahassee, Florida on February 12, 2014.

Take Stock in Children’s Leaders for Life™ Fellowship program provides financial resources, services and support needed to ensure student success throughout college. The Asofsky Family Foundation provides each fellow with a Macintosh laptop, as well as funds for textbooks, supplies, food, housing, transportation and other college-related expenses. As recipients of these fellowships, these scholars can excel in a university environment with resources that empower them to develop their full potential. Hernandez, Holland, Rossi, Shelton, Tierney and Torres join fifteen current Leaders for Life™ Fellows.

“Take Stock in Children’s Leaders for Life™ Fellowship program is now in its fourth year,” said Mark Asofsky of the Asofsky Family Foundation, “and each year, my family and the esteemed panel of judges are overwhelmed when we see the magnitude of accomplishments displayed by these students. As they continue their educational journey, we are confident they will continue to lead by exemplary example” he concluded.

“Take Stock in Children’s high school dropout prevention and college attainment efforts contribute to the economic viability of Florida’s communities,” said Madeline Pumariega, Take Stock in Children President and CEO. “Our scholars boast an impressive 94 percent graduation rate. Guided on the path to success by our caring mentors, Take Stock in Children scholars overcome substantial obstacles and truly excel.”

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