Mentor Success Stories

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    Anthony Denapoli Anthony Denapoli pays attention to the details. He is described by his students and the program’s mentor coordinator as a good listener. Anthony always remembers what is going on with his student from the previous session and asks about tests and challenges they faced or are facing. ...Read More
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    Ron Rodgers Garrett Crawford’s family struggled to get back on their feet after an unanticipated job loss and death of a family member. His fortune turned when he was recruited into the Take Stock in Children Volusia County program and was paired with mentor, Ron Rodgers. ...Read More
  • Dr. Locke
    Demetriss Locke Dr. Demetriss Locke knows firsthand the power of mentoring. He credits his mentor, Dr. Frances Kochan, a professor at Auburn University, for helping him succeed with his educational goals. “She played a pivotal role in my development as a doctoral student,” said Dr. Locke. ...Read More
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    Gary Avin You only make a first impression once. Gary Avin, a mentor with the Take Stock in Children Lee County Program, remembers teaching this important life lesson to his young mentee -- Clifton. Clifton had arrived at a mentoring session wearing flip flop sandals with socks and a pair of sweatpants. Gary spoke to him about his appearance, teaching him that first impressions always matter. ...Read More
  • Kristina Welburn
    Kristina Welburn When Take Stock in Children mentor Kristina Welburn moved to Key West 15 years ago, she immediately looked for ways to make a difference in her community. In addition to her work as a mentor, Kristina tutors ESL students and organized self-defense classes for women. Civic engagement comes naturally to Kristina; her grandparents actually traveled to Mississippi to advocate for school integration in the 60's. ...Read More
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    Evan Patterson If you ask Evan Patterson what the secret keys are to unlock success in one’s life, his answer every time is life skills. Evan explains there is an art to shaking someone’s hand, being on time, and asking questions when you don’t know the answers. He says it’s these little things that add up to a big impact on how successfully a person navigates through life. ...Read More
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    Hope Schmidt January is National Mentoring Month and Take Stock in Children is happy to announce Hope Schmidt, a mentor with the Charlotte County TSIC program, as the 2016 Mentor of the Year. As a retired school nurse, Hope knows firsthand the importance of being compassionate and kind. ...Read More
  • Jodi revised
    Jodi Gallant Jodi Gallant, a resident of Morningside in Miami near the Design District, was looking for another layer of meaning to her life. She had recently left the business world to raise her two young sons. After doing extensive research on volunteer opportunities, she found out about Take Stock in Children through a neighbor. The program’s flexibility and the opportunity to help a low-income teen go to college were a perfect fit. ...Read More
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    Ron Diericx Ron Diericx never expected mentoring was going to change his life. But his mentee, Zae Merricks, became more than just a student he met on Thursdays. He became his friend. As Ron watched the young man cross the stage in his graduation robe, he felt an overwhelming sense of pride. His mentee was graduating high school. In the fall, Zae will be attending Warner University on a football scholarship majoring in engineering ...Read More


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