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Building a Professional Resume – in High School
The high school curriculum for the Foundation’s students is robust, and each student graduates with an industry-recognized certification. Mentoring remains the bedrock of the student experience. Academic programming includes financial literacy, post-secondary and college prep programs, career expos and field trips, ACT and SAT prep courses, networking events, and intensive career programming specialized for each of the four pathways. Students participate in certification courses and paid internships that immerse them in the learning and training needed for their pathway.
Career Pathways: Empowering Students to Succeed
Many well-paying professional careers that are in demand in Southwest Florida do not require a college education; professional certifications and credentials, coupled with the foundation’s experiential, networking and internships programs, provide students several pathways to achieving financial independence. These pathways include a variety of careers in Engineering & Construction Management, Business Management & Entrepreneurship, Education & Human Services, and Health Care.
The Promise of a College Education
This acclaimed scholarship and mentoring program has helped increase our students’ high school graduation and college enrollment rates. Each student is partnered with a volunteer mentor who provides support, guidance, accountability, and friendship. Upon successful high school graduation, students are awarded full-tuition scholarships to four-year or two-year universities or colleges, or vocational/technical schools, depending on their career paths.
Since 2001, The Immokalee Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships. For eight consecutive years, The Immokalee Foundation has earned the Gold Level of
Excellence Award from Take Stock in Children.
The numbers tell the tale
Number of High School Students in Program
High School Graduation Rate
Number of ACT Prep Students
Average ACT Prep Gain
Total Number of Community Service Hours Completed by Students
Frequently Asked Questions
How does $8,500 invested in a seventh grader grow into a full college tuition scholarship?
This is the approximate purchase price of a four-year tuition through the Florida Prepaid Foundation. Funds are immediately matched by the Prepaid Foundation so the purchasing power is doubled. Because TSIC students perform well, they often leverage their TSIC scholarships to exceed $40,000 in value.
How do you decide which students are able to participate in Take Stock in Children?
Students are selected based on economic need, essay questions, and an interview. The admissions team also assesses each student’s potential to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA, stay out of trouble, meet school attendance requirements, and perform community service.
What does it mean to be a Take Stock in Children mentor?
TSIC mentors enjoy the opportunity to empower individual students, helping those students to find their own personal paths to success. With a time investment of just one or two hours each week, a volunteer can get to know a student and help them navigate the challenges of education and life.
Why are mentors important?
Students raised in Immokalee are at high risk of failing to complete high school, as evidenced by the 57% high school graduation rate. Our TSIC students have a 97% graduation rate. We attribute much of this success to the hard work of our volunteer mentors who meet regularly with our students, coaching and supporting them throughout the school year.
“There are many differences between me and my mentor. Two different ages. Two different races. Two different backgrounds. Despite those differences, we share an unbelievable bond. A bond that breaks those barriers.”