Submitted by drupalsa on Wed, 01/29/2020 - 13:25 District Holds Take Stock in Children Mentor Appreciation Luncheon

District Holds Take Stock in Children Mentor Appreciation Luncheon

In celebration of Mentor Appreciation Month, the District held a Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Mentor appreciation luncheon at the Okaloosa Technical College Conference Center on Tuesday, January 29, 2020. Lunch was catered by the Okaloosa Technical College’s Culinary students. TSIC mentors were celebrated for their years in service.

This year is the 25th anniversary of Take Stock in Children on a state level, and the program has been in Okaloosa County for 19 years. Since the program’s inception, TSIC has served 327 students. Of those students, 122 have graduated college and 140 are currently enrolled. Each of those 327 students have had a volunteer mentor.

“In Okaloosa county, we currently have 53 students served by 51 active mentors,” said Nicole Snider, TSIC Student Services Coordinator. “Those 51 mentors combined have recorded over 500 mentoring sessions together since the start of this school year.”

The Okaloosa School District continually recruits mentors at all academic levels throughout the county. The District screens, orients, trains and matches volunteer mentors with students and maintains support of mentoring relationships between students and mentors.

Mentoring takes place during the school year on the school campus for 30 minutes to one hour each week at a time during the school day that is convenient for both mentor and student.

Studies have shown that students who are mentored develop more positive attitudes, achieve higher grades, improve relationships with adults and peers, are better able to express feelings, are more likely to trust their teachers, and develop higher levels of self-confidence.

For more information on Mentoring, please visit the Okaloosa County School District's Mentoring page.

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About Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation

The Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, Inc. (OPSF) is a not-for-profit community-based public schools foundation. It is a partnership between families, schools, community, and business. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting and extending the educational opportunities of all individuals within Okaloosa County. Since its establishment in 1995, OPSF has funded educational enrichment programs including teacher grants for unique programs, student scholars in the Take Stock in Children Program, community educational initiatives, and student and teacher recognition awards.

About Take Stock In Children

Take Stock in Children, a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides mentors, scholarships, and hope for Florida’s low-income and deserving students. Incorporated in 1995 and maintaining a 96 percent high school graduation rate, TSIC is Florida’s flagship and most successful mentoring and scholarship program. In every Florida county, TSIC scholars in middle and high school pledge to meet regularly with their mentor, maintain academic standards and remain drug and crime-free on the way to achieving a high school diploma. The reward for fulfilling these commitments is a scholarship to a Florida state college, university or vocational school. To donate, volunteer, or learn more about Take Stock in Children, please contact 850.833.9999.