The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools
- Children & Youth
- Education & Literacy
Location2266 Second StFort Myers, FL 33901 United States
How can you Change a Life?
By volunteering to be a mentor in the Take Stock in Children or our new Student Advocacy and Mentoring Partnership (STAMP)! We pair good students who have the odds stacked against them with mentors who provide the support, encouragement and guidance they need to succeed in school. A half hour, twice a month for a total of 16 sessions over the school year can make a huge difference in a students success.
What can you tell me about the programs?
Take Stock in Children is a scholarship program for low income, middle and high school students in the public school system. Low income, at risk students apply for the program in the 6th or 9th grade, and upon selection sign a contract agreeing to stay drug-free and crime-free, maintain good grades and meet with a mentor on a regular basis until high school graduation. Upon successful completion of the program students receive a 4-year college tuition scholarship to continue their education. Currently we have over 150 Take Stock students in grades 7-12.
Student Advocacy and Mentoring Partnership or STAMP
Realizing the great impact that mentors have on students, the Foundation has implemented a program that will give students the opportunity to achieve success by offering resources and volunteer mentors to give students extensive assistance, motivation and accountability so they will work hard to ensure they graduate from high school and continue their education either through technical training or attaining a college degree. Students are not guaranteed a scholarship but mentors and The Foundation will help students to earn and apply for scholarships and grants.
As a mentor your primary purpose is to build a caring relationship with the student. We ask mentors to meet with their student in person each week for 30-45 minutes. These meetings must take place on school grounds, during school hours. Each student will have a unique situation and perspective on life, and so each mentors "job" will reflect that uniqueness. Mentoring is a special task and we greatly appreciate those that decide to take on this challenge.