Take Stock in Children
A comprehensive program designed to fight two of the most critical problems facing Florida and Osceola County – high drop-out and youth crime rates. Take Stock in Children provides low-income children with college and vocational tuition scholarships, volunteer mentors, student advocates / case managers, college readiness, earrly intervention and long-term support.
The Education Foundation has provided more than 300 college scholarships since the program was implemented in 1995 and currently has 70 students in the program. Using local donations and matched funds from the State of Florida, the Education Foundation purchases Florida Pre-Paid Tuition plans for each student participating in Take Stock in Children~Osceola County. The more donations the program receives, the more students it can help. Every dollar that is donated is matched by the State of Florida.
Students in the 6th - 8th grades are accepted into the program through an application process annually.
Invest in a Child
Become a Mentor
Mentors are the key components to the success of this program. A mentor is a caring, compassionate adult who chooses to devote their time to a young person, offering them support, guidance and encouragement. If you can donate one hour per week, you can change a life by helping a child build a solid foundation of values, establish goals, improve their academic and life skills, all while developing their self-esteem and confidence. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out the Mentor Application below,and email it to Cindi Junkins at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to the Foundation office at:
Education Foundation of Osceola County, 2310 New Beginnings Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744
Check out the State Take Stock in Children Website for more information and resources!
Sponsor a Scholarship
Help break the cycle of poverty and high dropout rates in Osceola County - become a donor and change a child’s life forever! Your donation will provide a child in our community with the promise of a college scholarship and the guidance of a caring mentor. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible contribution or would like to obtain more information, please contact Cindi Junkins at 407-870-4031.