Play TAG with Take Stock in Children
Now drivers can “play tag” and help send a deserving, low-income student to college. Take Stock in Children at Florida State College at Jacksonville announce that when Florida drivers renew their license tags and registration, they have the option of making a voluntary contribution to Take Stock in Children, Florida’s flagship and most successful mentoring and scholarship program.
Take Stock in Children is one of twenty-four voluntary statewide contribution options and the only choice for educating low-income and deserving students in Duval County. Drivers can contribute as little or as much as they choose. Voluntary contributions remain in this county and will be used to purchase college scholarships for Take Stock in Children scholars in our community.
Since 1995, Take Stock in Children at Florida State College at Jacksonville has provided Florida’s deserving, at-risk children with scholarships, mentors and hope for a better future. Students from low-income homes enter the program in middle and high school and contractually agree to achieve good grades, remain drug and crime-free, meet with their mentor once a week and to graduate from high school. When they fulfill these obligations, they receive a scholarship covering the tuition at one of Florida’s colleges or universities.
“Our students have skin in the game,” said Dan Lyons, interim CEO for Take Stock in Children. “Meeting weekly with their mentors helps to keep them focused on their studies.” Lyons continued, “We’ve served more than 22,000 Florida at-risk students and 92% of our scholars graduate from high school. The college enrollment rate for Take Stock in Children scholars is 229% greater than average for at-risk students. Our model for student success is working.”
“Our mentors are some of most the caring people you could ever meet, and our students take their agreement with us, and their studies, very seriously, said Leah Lynch, Director for Take Stake in in Children Duval. “These voluntary contributions from license tag renewals will mean so much to us and to them. We hope you’ll ‘play tag’ and ask your family and friends to support Take Stock in Children and when renewing their tags.”
“Take Stock in Children is thrilled to be included in this Florida Department of Motor Vehicles program,” said Cindy Stoddart-Cooper, Take Stock in Children’s VP of Strategic Alliances. “Florida residents who are passionate about education have a tremendous opportunity when renewing their license to make a contribution to Take Stock in Children and put Florida’s at-risk youth on the road to success!”