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Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students 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.
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Student Success Stories
The University of Alabama/Birmingham
Clinton Green was awarded his Project STARS scholarship in 2001 when he graduated from Fernandina Beach High School where he had played drums in the school’s jazz band He completed his AA at Florida Community College, Jacksonville, and after one semester at FAMU returned to play the organ at the Yulee FL church he had attended all his life. He was recommended for a position at a Birmingham AL Christian ministry and moved there in 2004. He became involved with the renowned University of Alabama/Birmingham Gospel Choir and enrolled in the College of Music. While a student, he performed and traveled with the UAB Gospel Choir, playing keyboard. His composition Dominion, was featured on the Choir’s CD Gospel 101: GO DOMINATE! He was awarded his BA in Music in December 2008. Clinton is now the Minister of Music at New Life Interfaith Ministries which has two locations in Birmingham. His responsibilities include finding and teaching new praise and worship music, conducting summer music camps, and caring for the Ministries’ musical instruments. In July 2009, he traveled to Amsterdam with five others to hold a workshop on American Gospel Music.
Ok....first thing is first for a proper alumni bio...Two Bits,
Four Bits, Six Bits, a Dollar! All for the Gators, Stand up and Holler! Shout out to my fellow gator fans. I am a 3rd year
Business Administration student at the University of Florida and it is all
thanks to Take Stock.
My Take Stock in Children journey began as a small and shy 11 year old girl at Yulee Middle School
in Nassau County, Florida. I was matched with a wonderful mentor who acted as my role model, my friend, and my everything advocate until high school graduation. A decade later and
there are still no words that can accurately express the imprint she has left in my life and will continue to have on me forever. With every reminder e-mail, emergency etiquette lesson, life advice, cooking lesson, well-intended yellow sticky note found in my backpack, and down to every little newspaper clipping she gave me that portrayed my interests for that given week, Ms. Givens inspired me to keep reaching higher.
My college experience has been so rewarding, I've had the pleasure of living with 23 roommates, taking part in the
Gator Marching Band, going on random road trips, joining a sister fraternity, competing nationally through the business college, and volunteering in the local community. I graduate in the Spring of 2018. In an ironic, but yet humbling kind of way I am interning with Take Stock Nassau this fall and with Florida State Senator Aaron Bean. Next semester I will intern for the Department of State in Miami, Florida before finishing my degree.
Jessimine B. Gonzalez
University of Florida|Class of 2018
Adrenia was enrolled in TSIC/Nassau in 1997. She became a Project STARS recipient upon graduation in 2002 from West Nassau High School in Callahan FL where she was active in student government and sports. Raised by a single Mother who placed a high value on education, Adrenia, her older brother and younger sister were all encouraged to pursue post secondary educations. Adrenia chose the University of North Florida where her brother was a student. She excelled in her studies and was involved in college life and her sorority. While in college, she worked part-time with the Social Security Administration. Upon graduation, Adrenia worked in several different fields until she was employed full-time by Zurich Insurance Services in Jacksonville as a receptionist. She was recently promoted to the position of processing specialist and fields calls from Zurich’s many clients.
("TSIC meant to me a hassle free education. It amazes me how so few people do not go to college simply because they can not afford it. Because of TSIC I was blessed enough to not be one of these people. I will never take for granted all those who donated and volunteered so that I might have a better education and a better life.")
Alisia Pojevic is a prime example of the TSIC program and what it can mean to students. She entered the program as a student at Fernandina Beach High School. After graduation, she attended the University of Florida, where she studied Advertising and Business Administration. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2010.
“I was so thankful to have been part of the TSIC program and to have received the TSIC scholarship,” Alisia said. “I was able to apply myself to studies at UF, which allowed me to be part of the Dean’s list and graduate Magna Cum Laude. Working with Jody Mackle really made a difference in better understanding the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) program and the different challenges I'd face at college.”
After graduating from UF, Alisia wanted to diversify her experience, particularly by working on an international business project. She felt that this would assist her in being accepted to a business school program. She worked with TechnoServe, Inc. as a consultant in India. The project was a south-south collaboration program. This kind of collaboration involves two or more developing countries sharing knowledge, skills, expertise and resources to meet their development goals through concerted efforts. In this case, agricultural innovations were transferred from India to Kenya and Malawi.
This June Alisia returned to the US and began working with an MIT fashion startup, Armoire, supporting their marketing and partnerships. The startup was part of the Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator, MIT’s premier accelerator program in their Center for Entrepreneurship. She has been accepted to the MIT Sloan School of Management’s MBA program for next year.
Her post-MBA plan is to take on a marketing strategy role within a technology company. Sloan has a highly entrepreneurial MBA program, so she is looking forward to exploring startups and developing a better understanding of the steps needed to launch a company.