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A message from the program manager:

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Dear Future Partner:

One significant indicator of a community’s health is the well-being of its youth. If we are to build upon the successes of our wonderfully vibrant and diverse community, we must continue to promote and provide meaningful avenues for the development of our young people, especially those whose fortunes are not as promising as others. At Take Stock in Children – Duval, it is our mission to deliver life-impacting opportunities and instill dreams-fueling hope that lead students to academic and personal success.

How do we achieve student success? We seek to undergird the lives of the hundreds of 7th through 12th grade students with guides and guidance. Our experienced team of success coaches and student advocates joins hands with middle and high personnel in Duval County public schools to effectively guide students through school and into informed postsecondary decisions. The guidance is rendered in the form of scores of committed volunteer mentors, whose experiences and perspectives speak encouragement and confidence into the lives of students, helping them develop a vision of their own. The collective impact of staff, students, families and mentors culminates in high school graduation and the reward of Florida Pre-paid college scholarships.

In 2014 Goodwill Industries of North Florida became the lead agency for Take Stock in Children – Duval. At the national level, Goodwill’s work includes creating purposed pathways to postsecondary education for resource-limited and underserved populations. As an entity of Goodwill Industries of North Florida, Take Stock in Children – Duval is one program in a collection of initiatives serving the education and employment needs of a 21st-century community.

In our 21st year of operation, more than 450 students participated in Take Stock in Children – Duval during the 2015-16 academic year. As we work toward another fruitful decade, we recognize that getting there must be in concert with a caring community committed to the development of the talents of our youth. I hope you will join us in keeping our community a place where hope is abundant and dreams flourish.   

Warmly,

Kevin T. Cotton
Program Manager
Take Stock in Children

Donations may be made to Take Stock in Children – Duval and sent to:
Take Stock in Children – Duval
c/o Goodwill Industries of North Florida
4527 Lenox Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32205

Donations may be made online. Select Duval as the program to contribute to.

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