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South Florida Workforce Board Announces Major Grant for Take Stock in Children of Miami-Dade

Take Stock in Children of Miami-Dade is Housed at MDC’s Wolfson Campus
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MDC Dean of Students Madeline Pumariega, Wolfson Campus President Dr. Rolando Montoya, South Florida Workforce Executive Director Rick Beasley, MDC Board of Trustees Chair Helen Aguirre Ferre, and Carin West from Take Stock In Children.

Miami, April 22, 2009 - Breaking the cycle of poverty can be a daunting challenge, but thanks to Take Stock in Children (TSIC), a program that helps kids from disadvantaged homes succeed academically, that dream is becoming a reality for many children.

In an effort to continue serving and increasing the number of students in the program who receive temporary assistance funds, the South Florida Workforce Board recently announced the award of $300,000 to Take Stock in Children (TSIC) of Miami-Dade, which is housed at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus. In fact, Rick Beasley, executive director of South Florida Workforce, presented TSIC with the check at a meeting of the College’s District Board of Trustees April 22, 2009.
“We thank Mr. Beasley and his board for this grant. It will significantly expand opportunities for young people to better their lives and that of their loved ones,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College. “We will continue to champion programs such as Take Stock in Children, programs that set a clear roadmap for student success.”
“Take Stock in Children is grateful for the continued support and partnership with South Florida Workforce as together we continue helping our community and Temporary Assistance For Needy Families’ (TANF) students transition from welfare to work,” added Alejandro Alvarez, Director of Take Stock in Children.

“The results of these transitions speak directly to the vision for South Florida Workforce which is to create a model for the nation by establishing a world-class labor force that truly fosters economic growth. We also appreciate MDC’s invaluable support.”

Take Stock in Children is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships, mentors and hope to Florida’s underprivileged youth.

The program offers a comprehensive plan of success for selected students who must sign a contract to stay in school, maintain good grades, remain drug and crime-free, and meet once a week with a mentor. In turn, TSIC provides each student with a four-year tuition scholarship to college. 

It is a solution to overcoming child poverty, academic failure and youth crime. The TSIC of Miami-Dade program has approximately 450 students currently enrolled. Since 1995, the program has impacted the lives of nearly 12,000 students in Florida. 

TSIC of Miami-Dade is a partnership through Miami Dade College and Miami-Dade County Public School. The funds awarded will be used for scholarships and the operations of student and mentoring support services.

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