Now, more than ever, we must Take Stock in our Children

Providing scholarships, mentors, and hope to help St. Johns County kids escape the cycle of poverty through education

Take Stock in Children

Now, more than ever, we must TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN

Providing mentorship and college scholarships to help kids escape the cycle of poverty

Become a Take Stock in Children Mentor Today!

INK! is accepting Mentor Applications for the 2024-2025 school year.

Make a difference in a child’s life. Become a Mentor today!

What is Take Stock in Children?

Take Stock in Children Florida was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization that provides a unique opportunity for deserving, low-income youth to escape the cycle of poverty through education.

Take Stock in Children is an academically focused mentoring program that guides students towards successful completion of high school and enrollment in college or technical school after graduation.

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How does the program work?

  • Selected students sign a contract, agreeing to maintain a 2.5 GPA, stay in school, and remain drug and crime-free.
  • Students meet regularly with their Mentor throughout high school to discuss college exploration, career paths, and more.
  • Mentors offer guidance, support, and encouragement to their student mentees.
  • INK! engages students in college and career coaching and activities to prepare for success after high school graduation.
  • At graduation, Take Stock in Children scholars are awarded tuition scholarships equaling 60 credit hours to the Florida state college or technical college of their choice.
  • Since 1995, over 42,000 children across Florida have received this life-changing opportunity.
  • Since 1998, INK! has helped at-risk students in St. Johns County graduate from high school with the individualized support of volunteer mentors, college and career coaching, tuition scholarships, and hope for future success.

To learn more about Take Stock in Children St. Johns County, contact James Wheeler at or (904) 547-7121.

What is a Take Stock Mentor?

  • A Take Stock in Children Mentor is a caring, compassionate adult who volunteers time to support a young person. Take Stock Mentors offer support, guidance, and encouragement to high school students.
  • You can change a life by helping a student build confidence, a solid foundation of values, establish goals, improve their life skills.
  • With as little as 30 minutes a week, you can impact a student’s life. Mentoring takes place during the school year for 30-60 minutes each session at a time and day arranged by the mentor and student.
  • As a Take Stock Mentor, you will receive training, resources, and guidance to help you support your student’s success.

How do I become a Mentor?

  • To become a Take Stock Mentor, click the red “Mentor Application” button to the left to complete an application.
  • Once your application is completed, contact James Wheeler at (904) 547-7121 or to submit your application.
  • As a Take Stock Mentor, you will commit to dedicating up to one hour per week mentoring your student in-person or virtually.
  • A Take Stock Mentor must submit an application and pass a background check before placement as a Mentor of Take Stock Scholar.

How do I learn more about mentoring with Take Stock in Children St. Johns?

To learn more about becoming a Mentor with Take Stock in Children St. Johns County, email James Wheeler at or call (904) 547-7121.

“I highly recommend the mentoring experience for an adult professional, volunteer, or retiree. We can make a change in the lives of at-risk youth by simply being there and listening while sharing positive conversations and direction, plus knowledge gained from careers, travel, experiences, and more.”

-Larry Dillahay
Take Stock in Children St. Johns County Mentor