TSIC Okaloosa County Program Honored with Excellence Award

The Okaloosa County Take Stock in Children Program, administered by the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, was recently recognized by Take Stock in Children as one of the statewide programs receiving the Excellence Award – Gold Level Category, Okaloosa County was selected on a rigorous reporting system that measures program components of such criteria as 100% Mentor Match for the 60 students currently served in the Program and consistent student advocacy from program staff, including the College Success Coach.

The Okaloosa County/Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Program received the award during Take Stock in Children’s College and Career Readiness Summit held in Tampa that attracted more than 250 participants from local programs across Florida who learned from national leaders about the latest trends and data on innovation in education, mentoring, college readiness skills, and career pipelines and resources. Serving more than 200 students since 1995, Take Stock in Children is a scholarship mentoring program based on the principal that with high expectations, mentorship, a college scholarship and college and career readiness curriculum, young people who face financial challenges can succeed.

“The award is a source of great pride for our organization, and shows Take Stock’s dedication to serving the students in our communities who aspire to achieve their dreams through postsecondary education,” said Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Henry Kelley. “Our program staff works hard throughout the year to make sure our students stay on track from high school to college and into a competitive career.”