WC Holds Business Meeting via Zoom
October 22, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Anne LeBaron-Heller from Take Stock in Children
Members met Anne LeBaron-Heller, Director of Take Stock in Children via ZOOM and learned about this marvelous program that makes a life changing difference for so many at-risk children in our community.
Take Stock in Children Inc. is a nonprofit organization, transforming our community and our state one student at a time. TSIC provides college scholarships and mentors for deserving at-risk students, who with their families agree to academic service and behavior standards.
Mentors commit to meet with students weekly at their school. Over its 20-year history, TSIC scholars have achieved a 100 percent high school graduation rate, and 92 percent go on to college. It currently serves 199 students in sixth through 12th grade.
The mission is to break the cycle of poverty for low-income, academically qualified students by providing mentorships and opportunities for post-secondary education. TSIC instills hope for a better life. The comprehensive services begin in middle school, continue through high school, and remain a support system afterwards with the TSIC program.
TSIC Manatee is in the process of giving 60 new scholarships for grades 6 -9 and will need mentors for these new young scholars. Mentoring is now being done virtually using Zoom and texts to make it a safe and effective process in light of the pandemic. Mentoring is life-changing for both the students and mentors.
There is nothing more rewarding than making a huge difference in a child’s life! LWRWC members interested in becoming mentors should go to www.takestockmanatee.org to fill out the mentor application. Mentors are provided training and serve as motivational support for students but are not expected to serve as academic tutors. If you need additional information you can reach Anne Heller at 941-713-4454 or by email at AnneHeller@TakeStockManatee.org