Take Stock in Children

Who We Are




Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida, providing a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students 2-year full tuition scholarships to Tallahassee Community College, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition into college.

Our program is based on the principle that given extensive support, motivation and accountability, students will work hard to ensure that they graduate from high school and attain a college degree.

Take Stock in Children’s multi-year commitment to at-risk students throughout our state is also an investment in the communities in which our students live. We know that the education of a child is an investment in their future and the assured way of breaking the cycle of poverty. Our goal is to increase the number of students in Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties who finish college and enter the workforce successfully.

The TCC Take Stock in Children Program currently serves over 100 deserving students in our tri-county area. We are always in search of volunteer mentors to help us change the lives of our scholars over lunch. 


How We Serve

Beginning as early as middle school and extending into college, Take Stock in Children provides a unique combination of services to help our students succeed. Each scholar, upon entering the program, is matched with a caring volunteer mentor and a TSIC Staff member called a “College Success Coach”. Together, they work with the scholar, the school and parent to ensure academic excellence. In addition, we provide an array of college readiness tools and workshops through our monthly Saturday Academies (link to Saturday academy). To ensure that financial resources are available after high school graduation, each scholar is assigned a Florida Prepaid college tuition scholarship in his or her name to be awarded upon successful completion of the Take Stock in Children program.