We select students in grades 6th through 9th grades, who are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Students are selected by committees comprised of educators, civic leaders, and business sponsors from their own communities.
All scholars receive a college tuition scholarship.
Upon selection, scholars and their parents/guardians sign a contract agreeing to stay in school, maintain good grades, exhibit good behavior, remain crime and drug free, meet with their mentors once a week and attend Take Stock workshops and events. Students are held accountable; if they violate their contracts, they will lose their scholarships.
Take Stock in Children makes a multi-year commitment to children, providing an inclusive array of services from the time they enter the program through their graduation from college or vocational school.
Each scholar in the program is assigned a student advocate/case manager who meets with the student and monitors his or her academic success. Student advocates work closely with mentors and school personnel to ensure that each child achieves success.
Parents are responsible for supporting and encouraging their child’s academic success by 1) developing positive relationships with teachers, mentors, school administrators, and Take Stock in Children staff, and 2) playing active roles in the educational, cultural, and school-based activities of their child.