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Mentors Wanted! Take Stock in Children is making an appeal for new mentors to help guide students throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Mentor Recruitment

Miami, June 16, 2010 - Take Stock in Children (TSIC), a renowned mentoring program housed at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus, is making an appeal for new mentors to join the team providing hope and guidance to students throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS). This fall more than 60 new scholars will enter the program and cannot do so without a committed volunteer mentor.

To jumpstart the recruitment efforts, Take Stock in Children has launched the Power of One Community Mentoring Campaign. TSIC has enrolled several community businesses in a friendly challenge to promote mentoring and recruit ten mentors. Participating businesses’ impact will be charted and documented as part of a print and TV campaign.  A final ranking chart will be created and published in the newspaper displaying all participants and highlighting the winning company.

TSIC, a partnership between MDC and MDCPS, is a comprehensive program helping low-income children succeed by providing college and vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors and more. With more than 450 students currently enrolled in the program, the outcome has shown that mentored students are 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 52 percent less likely to drop out and 35 percent less likely to skip classes.

Students working toward obtaining a four-year tuition scholarship to college from TSIC must sign a performance contract, maintain good grades and strive to live an honorable life. The program has graduated and provided scholarships to 532 students, 92 percent of which have enrolled in college.  Overall, TSIC has impacted the lives of nearly 17,600 students throughout Florida.

TSIC students are matched with an adult mentor who meets with the student at his or her school two times per month and online two times per month through the iMentor online communication tool. Mentor face-to-face sessions range from 30- 45 minutes, during school hours and occur at a school near the mentors’ home or workplace. All TSIC mentors learn the principles and guidelines of school-based, academic-focused mentoring at an initial orientation session and receive a manual that contains tools for addressing the general needs of their students.

For more information on becoming a Take Stock in Children mentor, please call 305-237-7571 or email carin.west@mdc.edu.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist




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