Take Stock in Children (TSIC) was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students college scholarships, 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.


Are you a caring adult who wants to invest in the life of a child? By offering consistent support and encouragement through weekly lunch meetings, you can make a huge difference in the life of a Take Stock in Children student. Click here to learn more about becoming a mentor.

The Commitment of a TSIC Mentor:

  • Weekly 30 minute lunch meetings with TSIC student on high school campus
  • Mentors may purchase lunch to bring to their students, (Dairy Queen, Subway, etc.) but this is not a requirement
  • Ideally, we want to pair 9th grade students with mentors who will support and guide them throughout their four years of high school
  • During lunch meetings, mentors will offer wise advice, scholastic support, and help students with goal setting and college and career exploration
  • Mentors report lunch meeting to the Program Coordinator by signing the sign-in sheet, or by emailing dates of lunch meetings

Traits of a Great TSIC Mentor:

  • A community/outreach minded adult with a heart for youth
  • Has experience interacting with high school aged students
  • Familiar with college applications, scholarships and financial aid processes, ACT and SAT, high-school course load, etc.
  • Willing to help a student with homework if needed
  • Knows how to be an encourage, can help a young person set goals, and can walk with a young person through various potential family, financial, or academic struggles
  • Can inspire students to make wise decisions and reach their full potential for success

Do you want to talk to someone about becoming a mentor?

Call Katherine Haney, TSIC Program Coordinator, at (386)688-7182, or e-mail at katherine.haney@suwannee.k12.fl.us.

Apply to Become a TSIC Mentor in Suwannee County:

Submit the application below to Katherine Haney by mail (1314 Pine Ave SW, Live Oak, FL 32064) or email (katherine.haney@suwannee.k12.fl.us). She will be in touch with you upon receipt.

Suwannee Mentor Application

Thank you for your interest in mentoring!

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