What is a




a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

verb (used without object)

to act as a mentor; The executive spent many years mentoring their student.

verb (used with object)

to act as a mentor to; The young student was mentored by the local firefighter.

What is a Take Stock Mentor?


A Take Stock in Children mentor is a caring, compassionate adult who chooses to devote their time to a young person. Take Stock Mentors offer support, guidance, and encouragement. A Take Stock Mentor can change a life by helping a child build confidence, a solid foundation of values, establish goals, and improve their academic skills.



A Take Stock Mentor will receive training and resources to support their student's academic success. Take Stock in Children is an academically focused mentoring program that guides students towards successful completion of high school and enrollment in college.



A Take Stock Mentor signs a contract committing to donate up to one hour per week mentoring their student in-person or virtually



A Take Stock Mentor must submit an application and pass a background check through their local Take Stock in Children affiliate.

Meet Our Take Stock Mentors

Watch a Mentor Story

See how Take Stock
Mentors change lives.

Watch a Mentor Story

See how Take Stock
Mentors change lives.

Mentor of the Year

Each year Take Stock recognizes a distinguished Mentor who goes above and beyond in their role as a mentor to support the mission of Take Stock in Children to end poverty through education, and help students achieve through scholarships, mentors, and hope so they can succeed in college, career, and life.

2015 – Louise Penta, Collier-Immokalee Foundation

2016 – Hope Schmidt, Charlotte County

2017 – Tammy Culmer, Palm Beach County

2018 – Barbara Uible, Collier-Champions for Learning, and Trooper Tod Cloud, Citrus County

2019 – Jeanne Meyer, Escambia County

2020 – Edward “Mike” Hoke, Pinellas County

2021 – Bonnie Harrison, Sarasota County

2022 – Robert “Bob” Cozzi, Manatee County, and Linda Ayer, Collier-Immokalee Foundation

2023 – Jeff Siebenaller, Seminole County, and Eddie Rhodes, Palm Beach County

2024 – Joseph Zednik, Collier-Immokalee County 

Become a Take Stock Mentor

If you are interested in becoming a Take Stock Mentor, search for your county and find your local affiliate using the map below.

Alachua Baker Bay Bradford Brevard Broward Calhoun Charlotte Citrus Clay Collier Columbia DeSoto Dixie Duval Escambia Flagler Franklin Gadsden Gilchrist Glades Gulf Hamilton Hardee Hendry Hernando Highlands Hillsborough Holmes IndianRiver Jackson Jefferson Lafayette Lake Lee Leon Levy Liberty Madison Manatee Marion Martin Miami-Dade Monroe Nassau Okaloosa Okeechobee Orange Osceola PalmBeach Pasco Pinellas Polk Putnam Sttspan>Johns SaintLucie SantaRosa Sarasota Seminole Sumter Suwannee Taylor Union Volusia Wakulla Walton Washington

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