Since 1995, Take Stock in Children (TSIC) statewide has provided 36,239 children with scholarships and mentors. Over 98% of TSIC scholars graduate high school and 96% go on to pursue a post-secondary education, with a 70% college graduation rate, well over the national average. Locally TSIC has served 1,872 of these students and awarded nearly $16.6 million in scholarships! 

The TSIC program has become a role model organization receiving state and national recognition for its exemplary successes. TSIC was recognized by the State of Florida as a flagship mentoring program as demonstrated in a study performed by OPPAGA (Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability).  The study was commissioned by the Florida Legislature with the purpose of determining which state mentoring programs demonstrated the most significant performance metrics, outcomes, and academic success; it was determined that TSIC outperformed its peers (including Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Boys and Girls Clubs) in every category. 

  

We have a robust infrastructure of responsive data collection needed to capture real-time information on how our students are performing academically, how often they have met with their mentor, as well as early warning signs that would signal the need for proactive advising. Our systems also provide critical information to guide strategic decision making by our leadership and Board. 

We are also a recognized educational innovator -- In 2010, TSIC Broward was one of three local TSIC programs to be the recipient of a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (I3) grant, a program that recognizes the most promising educational models with the potential to be adopted nationally. 

Other recognitions include:

  • 2015 Non-Profit Organization of the Year in Innovation- Broward 211 Non-Profit Awards

  • 2016 Non-Profit Organization of the Year Community Choice- Broward 211 Non-Profit Awards

  • 2017 Non-Profit Small Business of the Year- Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

  • 2022 Non-Profit Organization of the Year in Innovation- Broward 211 Non-Profit Awards

  • 2022 Non-Profit Organization Board Leader of the Year, Merick Lewin- Broward 211 Non-Profit Awards

  • In addition, Take Stock in Children of Broward has achieved Gold Performance standards for 9 years in a row, including Luminary Awards in 2020, 2021, 2022 with a 100% score!

  • TSIC Broward identifies at-risk, low-income youth early on, in grades sixth through ninth, as a preventative measure. 

  • TSIC Broward currently serves 217 middle and high school students throughout the Broward County Public School system, and 127 college freshmen and sophomores.  

  • Every TSIC scholar signs a contract promising to: 

    • Maintain a “C” or higher in all classes 

    • Maintain good attendance and behavior 

    • Remain drug-free and crime-free 

    • Meet with their mentor on a weekly basis  

  • Scholarship donations are matched dollar for dollar by the Florida Prepaid Project STARS Scholarship Program. 

  • For TSIC Broward Class of 2022 (57 students) with approx. $405,000 in scholarships from TSIC: 

    • 100% graduated from high school (compared to 67% of their low-income peers; FLDOE).   

    • 98% have been accepted and enrolled in college (compared to only 53% of their low-income peers; Low-income: IPEDS, 2013-2014).   

    • Seniors earned a cumulative 329 college credits, while still in high school! 

    • 30% earned a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship  

  • For all TSIC Broward Students in 2021-2022: 

    • Students participated in more than 3,160 mentor sessions (new record!) 

    • 100% participated in at least four College and Career Success Coaching sessions 

    • Students maintained an average 3.16 non-weighted GPA 

    • 94% attended all of their grade-level college and career readiness workshops 

    • 89% average college retention rate and 67% completion rate (compared to the state average of 27% for students living in poverty; Complete College America).