Take Stock in Children

Education

Mentoring builds better people and stronger community

Mentors can help encourage positive choices, promote high self-esteem, support educational achievement and introduce new, life-building and life-changing ideas. Read full story

Education

Take Stock makes a difference

Take Stock in Children provides an opportunity for deserving low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Read full story

Education

Mentoring is an effective strategy for success in school

Mentoring — which typically involves a one-to-one, supportive relationship between a student and an adult — has been linked with positive outcomes in academic achievement. Read full story

Education

Making mentoring’s impact matter

Academic research shows mentoring impact is mixed, local programs try to maximize effects

In the Pensacola Young Professionals Quality of Life survey, 48 percent of people said volunteering or mentoring a student is the best way to boost the school system’s performance. So what is the community prepared to do? Read full story

Education

What’s behind the Pockets of Poverty data?

The Pockets of Poverty report shows the depth and breadth of poverty in the Pensacola metro area. Now peek behind the data. Read full story

Education

Take Stock in Children scholars make the grade

Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 to give deserving low-income students a chance to get a college education. The 2015 Take Stock graduates received their scholarships on June 5 at the Graduation and Unsung Hero Celebration at New World Landing. Read full story

Community

‘A special heart to help children’

Sandy Sansing hopes local philanthropy will inspire others to give

Last year, Sandy Sansing and the Sansing Foundation donated $100,000 to Manna Food Pantries. They also gave $100,000 to the Arc Gateway. And another $100,000 to Gulf Coast Kid’s House. Read full story

Education

Take Stock scholarship is a real deal

Madeline Pumariega shares vision and goals for Take Stock in Children program

College and career readiness are important steps toward ending poverty through education. Read full story

Education

Students at four Escambia middle schools need your help

The Take Stock in Children program needs mentors for this fall for Bailey, Ferry Pass, Ransom and Warrington middle schools. Interested persons should contact coordinator Sally Lee, slee@escambia.k12.fl.us. Take Stock is a statewide program that matches mentors with students from poor families. And both take every chance they can get to tell their stories in praise of the program that made college possible for them. Students who complete Take Stock by keeping at least a 2.5 GPA, meeting citizenship and attendance requirements, and staying away from crime and drugs, get an $8,400 college scholarship. The Florida Prepaid Foundation matches the donations to the program dollar for dollar. On “Progress+Promise,” we interviewed Sally Lee about the program. Watch that here. Read full story

Education

Investing in students with promise

Sally is the director of the Take Stock in Children mentoring program for the Escambia County Schools Foundation. Take Stock is a statewide program that matches mentors with students from poor families who apply to the program. Students get a mentor with whom they meet at least once a week to talk, work through problems in school, whatever they need. Students who complete the program by keeping at least a 2.5 GPA, meeting citizenship and attendance requirements, and staying away from crime and drugs, get an $8,400 college scholarship. The Florida Prepaid Foundation matches the donations dollar for dollar. Watch our interview to hear from Sally about the program and how it aims to make a difference. Read full story

News

Mentors make a difference

On this edition of Progress + Promise, we look at the role mentoring can play in the life of a young person. Pensacolians have always given to others when asked. A recent town hall meeting about the struggles of Warrington Middle School included call to the parents and the community to take a larger role in helping the students there get ahead. While the needs are great at Warrington, students across Escambia County are in line waiting for the help of a mentor. That’s why we wanted to highlight a couple of the great programs in our community that aim to pair young people with a mentor to give them the guidance to improve their lives. With us today will be Sally Lee and Paula Shell. Sally runs the Take Stock in Children mentoring program, which gives qualified students the chance to earn a college scholarship by keeping their grades up and keeping out of trouble. Paula is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, which this year is celebrating 25 years of pairing “bigs” and “littles” together to give young people a mentor they need. Read full story

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Mentoring program teaches more than academic success

Washington High School Senior Anna Steffanini is thrilled! She just got accepted to the University of Florida. Read full story