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                                     Celebrating 29 Years of Support for Volusia County Public Schools




Established in 1985 to increase business and community involvement in public schools and to provide programs and activities beyond the financial capabilities of the school district, the nonprofit foundation is the only organization that provides assistance to all public schools in Volusia County.



Upcoming Events

Sept 12 - SDEF Matching Grant Applications due 

Sept 15 - Tomorrow's Leaders Applications due

Sept 16 - Mini-Grant FIFI Application deadline

Sept 17 - FUTURES Board Meeting

Sept 25 - SDEF Matching Grant Judging

Sept 25 - Mini-Grant FIFI Judging - Secondary/District

Sept 26 - SDEF Matching Grant Recipients Announced

Sept 29 - Mini-Grant FIFI Judging - Elementary

Sept 30 - Mini-Grant Recipients Announced

Sept 30 - Tomorrow's Leaders Selection Committee

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Thank you for your support!




FUTURES has opportunities for your company or organization and individuals to support education.  

Contact  Cynthia Ramirez at or
phone 386.255.6475 ext. 50730



Wet'n Wild is proud to support our local schools. With each ticket purchased $2.50 will be given back to our school district!


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                                                                        September, 2014


FUTURES Foundation for 

Volusia County Schools Announces 

New Officers

The FUTURES Board is pleased to announce its 2014-15 officers:

President - Brad Giles
President Elect - Dr. Linda Bradley Thacker
Vice President - John Guthrie
Secretary - Susan Mendez
Treasurer - Paula Gregory, CPA
Past President - Sam Willett

This year marks the 29th anniversary of FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Public Schools.  Since the Foundation's inception in 1985, FUTURES has provided numerous programs and activities for the students and staff. FUTURES volunteer board members look forward to the school year ahead and the many opportunities to support the students and staff of Volusia County Schools.

                  Pictured left to right:  Paula Gregory, Brad Giles, Sam Willett, 

Linda Bradley Thacker, John Guthrie and Susan Mendez

FUTURES Foundation welcomes the following new members to its board of directors:Robin Lasky, Alan Florez, Linda Hall, Dr. Chris Colwell and Tom Leek.

          Mini-Grant Program 

        Find It Fund It Volusia

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools migrated its 2014-15 Mini-Grant Program to an online application process. The Foundation accepted applications for the funding of projects which demonstrated innovative and effective ways to meet students' needs and increase motivation to learn at 

Grants of up to $1,000 were submitted for projects with applications limited to no more than two (2) per teacher.  However, there was no limit of applications per school.

Deadline for submission was 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 16th, 2014.

Come join us for the Take Stock in Children Strides for Education 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 15th, at Creekside Middle School in Port Orange. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the race starting at 8:30 a.m.

ADULT ENTRY FEE: $25 until Oct. 17th, 2014 - $30 Oct. 18th-Nov. 14th; $35 on race day

*YOUTH ENTRY FEE: $20 until Oct. 17th, 2014 - $25 Oct. 18th-Nov. 14th; $30 on race day

*Youth: 18 years old and under

Register today at 

This year's event will again feature a school/college/university competition with the Volusia County Public School, college or university with the most paid registrants earning a first place award of $250 and the year's bragging rights complete with traveling trophy. Second place shall receive $150 and third place $100. Last year's winners were David C. Hinson Middle School, first; Daytona State College, second; and Enterprise Elementary School, third.

Runners/walkers receive a discount if they pre-register by Oct 17. Adults are $25 while youth aged 18 & under are $20. Once the early registration discount concludes, adults are $30 and youth are $25 until race day when the entry fee is $35 and $30. The race will be professionally timed and scored by RaceSmith who also is managing registration at

Event proceeds shall benefit the local Take Stock In Children Scholarship & Mentor Program facilitated by FUTURES Foundation.  Take Stock in Children (TSIC) is a statewide scholarship mentoring program for low-income students. FUTURES' TSIC scholars are selected in the eighth grade through an application and selection committee review process. TSIC scholars are paired with a mentor who meets with them for 30 minutes each week at school beginning in ninth grade. FUTURES' TSIC scholars must maintain a weighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 and maintain good citizenship (no drug, alcohol, crime or gang activity).  Upon achieving these goals and graduating high school, FUTURES Foundation awards these scholars with a Florida Prepaid tuition scholarship.  

Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition into college.









Take Stock in Children staff attends TSIC Conference in Orlando, FL.


 Take Stock in Children Student Luncheons 2014-2015

Take Stock in Children staff met with all local TSIC students for their annual welcome back luncheons on the high school campuses.  Check out the picture gallery link below.

Take Stock in Children Student Luncheons Gallery 2014-2015 

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