When Becka was in 6th grade, an offer was made to everyone in her class (the entire 6th grade, not the individual classroom) to send them to college for 4 years. The kids had to agree to stay in school, stay out of trouble, and meet with a mentor on a regular basis. The families had to agree to attend two meetings/classes a year. Five families showed up to the initial meeting. Three families applied. Two students managed to stay in the program. Becka received her four-year scholarship last night.
I can't say enough good things about Take Stock in Children. Since 1995 Take Stock has been working to keep Florida's low-income and at-risk children in school and provide them with the opportunity to get a college degree. People in the community volunteer their time to meet with a student weekly as a mentor, letting the student know that they have opportunities that they might not have realized while providing them with a safe adult to look to for friendship and guidance. Take Stock is supported financially by companies and individuals who believe that our children are a future worth investing in. Since its inception, Take Stock has helped over 16,000 Florida children receive an education.
I only wish that more of Becka's classmates had taken the offer. And I wish that we had the ability to make the offer to all the children.