TSIC INC

Scholarships, Mentors & Hope

aka Take Stock in Children, Inc.   |   Fort Lauderdale, FL   |  www.takestockinchildren.org

Mission

Take Stock in Children, Inc. is a nonprofit mentoring, college success, and college scholarship organization dedicated to transforming Florida one student at a time. Working statewide throughout Florida, our mission is to break the cycle of poverty for low-income, underrepresented, academically qualified students by providing opportunities for degree attainment through postsecondary education. We provide 15,000 students annually with wraparound services through an innovative multi-year model from middle school through postsecondary completion. Take Stock in Children is proud of its programmatic success, with 97% of program participants completing high school, 88% enrolling in postsecondary studies, and 70% graduating from college, well above the state average for their peer group.

Ruling year info

1996

President and CEO

Ms. Jillian Hasner

Main address

2929 E. Commercial Blvd Suite 408

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 USA

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EIN

59-3331584

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Twenty percent of Florida children are living in poverty. Research has increasingly shown that low-income students are less successful academically than their higher-income peers due to the constraints of living in poverty (Renbarger, 2019). Additionally, National Student Clearinghouse data indicates that only 21% of economically disadvantaged students enroll in college, affecting lifetime earning potential. Take Stock seeks to address the opportunity gap that exists for low-income, underrepresented students in Florida by providing a pathway out of poverty through education. Take Stock’s student population is 100% low-income. Take Stock defines low-income status as families living at or below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. Take Stock helps close the gap for low-income students by helping them build a bridge to postsecondary success and degree attainment that ultimately leads to economic opportunity that lasts a lifetime.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Take Stock in Children

TSIC is a mentoring, college success, and scholarship organization that serves nearly 15,000 economically disadvantaged, underrepresented students annually throughout Florida. This includes 8,500 in our 6th-12th grade mentoring, college readiness, and scholarship program and 6,500 in our postsecondary degree attainment program. Participants of the program span 678 middle and high schools, and 40 colleges and universities across the state.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of mentors recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Take Stock in Children

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

High school graduation rate

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Take Stock in Children

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of students who enter post-secondary within six months of high school graduation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Take Stock in Children

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 COVID-19 Special Analysis report from National Student Clearinghouse found that low-income students experienced an enrollment decline of 11% compared to an 8% decline for Take Stock students.

Percentage of students that graduate from post-secondary.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Take Stock in Children

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Increasing the number of students in poverty who are prepared for, attend, and complete postsecondary education will have a significant impact on Florida's economy and the elimination of poverty. Take Stock in Children is leading the movement to transform college readiness and completion in Florida. Established in 1995, Take Stock in Children is one of the nation's pre-eminent college access and completion organizations. Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity for low-income students in Florida to escape the cycle of poverty through education. With a network of more than 10,000 volunteer mentors, state funding, private donations, and a network of 45 affiliates reaching every county in Florida— Take Stock in Children currently serves 8,500 students and more than 6,500 students are attending college. In its 27-year history, Take Stock in Children has helped more than 38,000 students succeed in college, career, and life.

1. Take Stock in Children employs a sustainable public-private model that is successful and scalable, with students achieving a high school graduation rate of 97%; our college attendance rate is 88%, triple the rate of the non-TSIC, peer control group.

2. We provide low-income children with volunteer mentors, college success coaches, social services from middle school to high school, and a college scholarship including transition services to attend college.

3. We engage parents, teachers, students, and the community in supporting our scholars.

Since 1995, we have granted more than $260 million in college scholarships and 2 million hours of volunteer mentorship to more than 38,000 children. We are active in every county in our state.
We currently have over 250 program managers/college success coaches, 10,000 mentors, have students in over 678 middle and high schools throughout the state, have students enrolled in our 40 state colleges and universities, and serve 15,000 students annually.

Take Stock is proud of its programmatic success with 97% of students graduating from high school compared to 80% for the same peer group, 88%* enrolling in postsecondary studies compared to 21% for the same peer group, and 70% graduating from college compared to 27% for the same peer group. We have helped over 37,000 students across the state of Florida to break the cycle of poverty through education and succeed in college, career, and life.

*Take Stock's college enrollment rate has historically remained 92-96% range. The "COVID-19 Special Analysis" report from the National Student Clearinghouse found that low-income students experienced an enrollment decline of 11%. In comparison, the Take Stock program graduates experienced only an 8% decline in college enrollment. Further reporting using National Student Clearinghouse data indicated no decline in college graduation rates for those students being targeted for support services as part of our postsecondary degree attainment Take Stock in College program compared to pre-COVID performance. Now more than ever, it's essential to continue to invest in helping economically disadvantaged students set a transformative life course through education by ensuring they have the college readiness and completion support and resources necessary to succeed in college, career, and life.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The organization serves low-income students throughout Florida.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TSIC INC

Board of directors
as of 10/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Christine Knepper

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability