KEY WEST, FL, October 30, 2017 –
Are you ready to make a difference? Take Stock in Children, the flagship college scholarship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation, is ready to welcome a record number of new students provided that enough mentors step forward.
“We have a fantastic group of 77 qualified candidates who are ready to join Take Stock in Children and work towards achieving their goal of a college education. However, if we do not have a volunteer mentor to match with the student, we cannot accept the student into our program,” said MCEF president Bryan Green.
Take Stock needs a minimum of 50 new mentors in the Lower Keys, 15 in Marathon, and 15 in the Upper Keys to pair with incoming Take Stock scholars.
“While our mission is to accept all students who meet the academic and economic eligibility requirements, and who have the desire, motivation, and potential to go to college,” program coordinator Chuck Licis explained, “we can’t bring them into the program without a mentor match.”
Who can be a mentor? “Mentors are not tutors or counselors. Mentors are caring, compassionate adults who volunteer their time to guide, support, and encourage our Take Stock scholars. It only takes 45 minutes a week during the school year,” Licis explained. “Our mentors are screened and trained before being paired with a student, and we have college success coaches in each area to assist and support our mentors and students.”
Take Stock students are given the ‘chance of a lifetime’ with mentoring in middle and high school followed by the scholarship that pays for four years college tuition and fees. A student is waiting for his or her chance of a lifetime, a college scholarship, but we need your help to make the dream a reality! If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Karla Quintana in the TSIC office at 305-293-1546 or at Karla.Quintana@keysschools.com.
Take Stock in Children – Monroe
241 Trumbo Road
Key West, Florida 33040