Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Take Stock in Children recognized The Immokalee Foundation with statewide award in excellence Successfully providing Collier County’s youth with scholarships, mentors and hope

Anna Taylor, Patricia Rizo, Marilyn Fashano, Marcie Bonilla, Noemi Perez, Yeimi Castaneda, Michelle Kennedy, Ele Bautista-Bernard, Michael Shier, Brenda Freitas

Anna Taylor, Patricia Rizo, Marilyn Fashano, Marcie Bonilla, Noemi Perez, Yeimi Castaneda, Michelle Kennedy, Ele Bautista-Bernard, Michael Shier, Brenda Freitas

The Immokalee Foundation, an affiliate of Take Stock in Children, was recently recognized with a coveted Excellence Award for successfully providing at-risk youth with caring volunteer mentors, college readiness curriculum and college scholarships.

The Immokalee Foundation has shown great results with a high school graduation rate of 100 percent with 100 percent of those students entering college with the guidance of 86 mentors from the local community. This is well above Florida’s average high school graduation rate of 57 percent for students living in poverty, with only 28 percent enrolling in college.

TIF, currently serving 125 students, received the award at TSIC’s College and Career Readiness Summit. Attracting more than 250 participants from statewide programs, attendees learned from national leaders about the latest data on youth poverty, mentoring, college readiness skills and career pipelines.

“This award is a source of great pride to The Immokalee Foundation, and highlights our dedication to changing the lives of students through this program,” said Joe Zednik, TIF’s chairman. “Our students are counting on us to make the difference in their lives to ensure they succeed academically and professionally.”

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about TIF, volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org.

Take Stock in Children, a Florida 501(c)3 nonprofit 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, call 888-322-4673 or visit www.takestockinchildren.org.

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