Since 1995, Take Stock in Children (TSIC) statewide has provided 34,348 children with scholarships and mentors. Over 97% of TSIC scholars graduate high school and 92% go on to pursue a post-secondary education, with a 68% college graduation rate, well over the national average. Locally TSIC has served 1,500 of these students and awarded nearly $15 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, and 2017 Non-Profit Small Business of the Year- Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

  • TSIC Broward helps students to achieve academic success:

    • All TSIC scholars have a 2.0 GPA or higher

    • 90% of TSIC scholars have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

    • 80% of TSIC scholars have a GPA of 3.5 or higher

    • 86% of TSIC scholars have less than four unexcused absences per semester

    • 96% of TSIC scholars had NO disciplinary incidents last school year

  • TSIC Broward provides college readiness and retention:

    • 100% of TSIC students graduate from high school (compared to 65% of their low-income peers; FLDOE, Bureau of Education and Accountability Services).

    • 98% of TSIC 2018 high school graduates are currently enrolled in higher education (compared to only 32% of their low-income peers; FLDOE, Bureau of Education and Accountability Services).

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