INK! is accepting new mentor applications for the 2024-2025 school year to support the life-altering Take Stock in Children® program serving St. Johns County middle and high school students.
January is National Mentoring Month
INK! is excited to announce the launch of its National Mentoring Month Campaign January 1, 2024, aimed at increasing the number of mentor volunteers for the Take Stock in Children® St. Johns County program.
The Take Stock in Children® St. Johns County program aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing mentorship and guidance to students from low-income backgrounds. These students often face economic and social challenges and are paired with mentors who offer support, encouragement, and a positive role model.
Over 39,000 Students Impacted Statewide
To date, more than 39,000 children throughout Florida have benefited from the Take Stock in Children® program, which offers colleges scholarships that include 60 credit hours at any Florida state or technical college.
“The program is highly successful because of its mentor volunteers,” says James Wheeler, Program Coordinator of the Take Stock in Children® program in St. Johns County. “Our annual goal is to recruit 30 new mentors and 30 new students, but while there is not a shortage of potential student mentees, we often struggle to find enough mentors.”
“Mentorship is a transformative experience for both the mentor and mentee. It goes beyond academics; it’s about building confidence, resilience, and a sense of purpose. Our National Mentoring Month Campaign is a call to action for individuals who want to have a positive impact on a student’s life and contribute to the future success of our community.”
Local Mentors Have a Lasting Impact on Local Youth
There are no prerequisites to become a Take Stock in Children mentor. INK! invites those that are passionate about education and supporting local youth to consider volunteering for the Take Stock in Children® program. The commitment is minimal compared to the lasting impact that it can have on a student’s life.