Educational Institutions

Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County

  • Sarasota, FL
  • www.takestocksarasota.org

Mission Statement

Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students in Sarasota County to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors, college success coaching, and hope for a better life. Success is achieved through our innovative, multi-year program model that starts in middle school, continues through high school and includes their transition into college. Upon entry into the Take Stock program, students turn their college dream into a college plan.

Main Programs

  1. Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County services the students inside the Sarasota County lines. That area reaches schools from Booker to Northport.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2000

Self-reported

Mrs. Lisa Bechtold

Keywords

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Mentoring, Scholarships, Education, Low-income Students, College Success Preparation

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Also Known As

TSIC of Sarasota County

EIN

33-1012774

 Number

3991726094

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County's accomplishments from 2014 include: Received 2014 Gold Level State Excellence Award for program managementServing 316 students - 200 students across 10 middle schools and 9 high schools in Sarasota County, and 116 students enrolled in post-secondary education96% High School Graduation Rate, 65% higher than at-risk peer group87% Post-Secondary Education Enrollment, 229% better than at-risk peer group 88% of students are first generation college students; positive multi-generational changeOver $4M in Florida Prepaid Scholarship Assets 57% Female, 43% Male47% Caucasian, 37% African American, 16% Asian and Multi-Racial Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County's goals for 2015 include:Meet fundraising goals to achieve program sustainability and growth. Currently, we only serve 10% of qualified applicants wanting to participate in the Take Stock in Children program.Continue to recruit and retain mentors for our students while increasing mentor training opportunities.Increase community awareness of our organization through effective communication.Strengthen community collaborations with other local providers to access the highest quality resources and referrals for our students. South County is an area of focus for 2015.Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County's goals for 2015 include:Meet fundraising goals to achieve program sustainability and growth. Currently, we only serve 10% of qualified applicants wanting to participate in the Take Stock in Children program.Continue to recruit and retain mentors for our students while increasing mentor training opportunities.Increase community awareness of our organization through effective communication.Strengthen community collaborations with other local providers to access the highest quality resources and referrals for our students. South County is an area of focus for 2015

Programs

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Program 1

Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County

Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County is a scholarship and mentoring program for at-risk youth in low-income families. Youth apply into our program as incoming middle school students. Once accepted, they must maintain a 2.5 GPA, meet with their assigned mentor once per week and stay crime and drug free. After successfully graduating from high school, the student has earned and will receive a tuition scholarship to any Florida college or technical school. We strive to break the cycle of poverty by enriching our youth with higher education. Our program costs $14,500 per student; $8,500 for four-year tuition scholarship and $6,000 for six years of mentoring and student advocacy.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$285,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County services the students inside the Sarasota County lines. That area reaches schools from Booker to Northport.

Funding Needs

Mentors - TSIC continues to enroll new deserving students who are each in need of a mentor. Mentors are a crucial part to our program and provide a positive influence and guidance for our students throughout their school years.Community Financial Program Support - TSIC provides student advocacy, mentoring, and college success coaching for each student throughout each year of their involvement in our program. These support services prepare our students for success upon their receipt of a tuition scholarship for their higher education. Financial support is needed for the scholarships and ancillary services for our students.Scholarship Sponsors- TSIC's matching partnership with the Florida Pre-Paid Stars Program enables a dollar for dollar match of local donations for student scholarships. TSIC must raise $8,500 for each four-year Florida college tuition scholarship and $4,250 for each two-year scholarship. We continue to seek donors to sponsor the local portion of this cost.

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TSIC OF SARASOTA COUNTY INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Lisa Bechtold

BIO

Raised in Florida , Lisa graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's in Criminology and began working at Take Stock in Children in 2000 as a Student Advocate. Lisa has a heart truly devoted to the children and mission of TSIC and is a proud mother to her own two beautiful sons.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

""Take Stock in Children is so fortunate to partner with many wonderful organizations in Sarasota to provide scholarships, mentors and hope to the youth of Sarasota County. Each student earns their scholarship through a strong academic commitment, good behavior and remaining drug and crime free." - Lisa Bechtold"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tom Sugalski

Retired Business President

Term: July 2013 - June 2015

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