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Welcome to Volusia County Take Stock In Children!

Take Stock in Children offers its students college tuition scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life.  FUTURES/Take Stock in Children raises funds for these scholarships through individual, community, civic and private donations. All contributions currently are matched 100% with dollars from the Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program.  Students selected into the program must maintain a 3.0 weighted cumulative GPA throughout high school, attend required events and meet with a mentor at school for 30 minutes weekly during the school year. They must also remain alcohol, crime, drug and gang free.

Take Stock in Children has a proven state-wide record with assisting ambitious, goal oriented students to graduate from high school, attend college and become productive citizens in our community.

In Volusia County, our students are nominated by their guidance counselor while in the 8th grade. If selected, the students attend a contract signing ceremony pledging to remain alcohol, crime, drug and gang free, maintain a weighted cumulative 3.0 GPA and meet with a mentor weekly throughout their high school years.

Volunteer - Be A Mentor

Our mentors are caring adult volunteers who meet with students on the school campus to offer encouragement, motivation and serve as positive role models. We are always in need of mentors for our ever expanding program.

If you would like to mentor a student, please complete the online application or request one from our office. The steps to become a Take Stock in Children Mentor are listed below:

1. Complete a TSIC application as well as a Volusia County Schools VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools) form. Be sure to include the name of the high school you wish to mentor at and check "Youth Motivator" on the VIPS form.

2. Once the mentor applications are received, your information will be sent to the Volusia County Schools VIPS office for processing and to schedule a mentor training session.

3. Schedule and attend a required two-hour mentor training session which is offered once monthly from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Volusia County Schools Facilities Building, 3750 Olson DR
, Daytona Beach, FL 32124 (See "Mentor Training Schedule" below to see dates offered and directions).

4. After you receive background clearance and a student match confirmation from the TSIC office, you are free to contact the school's Mentor Coordinator to arrange a meeting with your student. (See TSIC school contacts/mentor coordinator names and contact information).

5. Exchange contact information with your student and arrange a day and time for ongoing meetings on the school campus. Keep track of your meetings and time spent for reporting and statistical purposes (see mentor contact log).

Take Stock in Children Staff

Jeanna Butler, Student Advocate (left)       Sheila Rees, Mentor Coordinator (right)
Phone:  386-255-6475 ext. 50729              Phone:  386-255-6475 ext. 50724
Email:             Email:

Cynthia Perrick Ramirez
FUTURES/TSIC Executive Director
Phone:  386-255-6475 ext. 50730

2014-2015 TSIC Calendar - coming soon!

Take Stock in Children Leadership Council 2014-2015

Judy Davidson - Circuit Judge
Alice Fogle - Attorney, retired
Paula Gregory, CPA - Weston & Gregory, CPAs
Jeff Hoffer - State Farm Agent
Brent Jaffe - Autotrader, Advertising Consultant
Joel Moses - Iowa State University Professor, retired
Ron Pagano - Principal, Taylor Middle-High School
Marcella Osteen-Rohling - Volusia County School principal, retired
Cynthia Ramirez - FUTURES Executive Director
Sheila Rees - TSIC Mentor Coordinator
Jeanna Butler - TSIC Student Advocate

Mentor Training Schedule

Mentor Training (for volunteers - attend only once)

Description: Mentor volunteers need attend only one date and time. Volunteers receive orientation to the Youth Motivator Program and basic training in mentoring. This training and a background clearance is required of all mentor volunteers prior to placement with a student as a mentor. Training may also be available through individual schools' Mentor Coordinators.

2014-2015 Mentor Training Schedule:
Coming Soon!

Directions to: 3750 Olson DR, Daytona Beach, FL

From DeLand: Proceed east on U.S. 92 (International Speedway Boulevard) to Indian Lake Road. Turn left and proceed to Olson Drive. Turn right on Olson Drive and left into the general parking lot for the Facilities Building (look for the building with the school bell).

From Daytona: Proceed west on U.S. 92 (International Speedway Boulevard) to Indian Lake Road. Turn right onto Indian Lake Road and proceed to Olson Drive. T
urn right on Olson Drive and left into the general parking lot for the Facilities Building (look for the building with the school bell).

To apply as a mentor, please click on the links below, then print and complete or save to your computer and complete in order to submit via U.S. Mail, email or fax.

Volunteer Mentor Application.doc

Volusia County Schools Volunteer form.pdf

If you should have any questions about being a mentor, please contact:

Sheila Rees, Mentor Coordinator
Phone: 386-255-6475 ext. 50724

Take Stock In Children NEWS

TSIC Visits DeLand Kiwanis Club - July 22, 2014

The FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools held its Take Stock in Children (TSIC) New Contract Signing and Senior Recognition Ceremony May 15. Volusia County Judge Dawn Fields presided over the swearing-in ceremony and shared words of encouragement with the new enrollees and their parents.

New Student - Tais Wilson - Heritage Middle School

The program assists ambitious, goal-oriented students to graduate from high school and attend college by offering college tuition scholarships and volunteer mentors.

"Low-income students are selected in eighth grade through an application process which includes writing an essay on why they should be selected. Once selected through a committee review process, they are paired with a mentor who beginning in ninth grade meets weekly for approximately 30 minutes on campus during the school term," said Cynthia Ramirez, executive director of FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools.

"The Volusia County Take Stock In Children scholar must maintain a weighted GPA of 3.0 and maintain good citizenship," added, noting that good citizenship includes no drug or alcohol use, crime or gang involvement.

Upon achieving these goals, the students are awarded a Florida Prepaid tuition scholarship. The Florida prepaid scholarships purchased for these students are just over $16,000.

FUTURES/Take Stock in Children raises funds for these student scholarships through individual, community, civic and private donations and all contributions are matched 100 percent with dollars from the Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program.

Kimberly Griffiths, O'Dregon Smith, Isael Mancilla, County Judge Dawn Fields, Gabriela Soto, Tais Wilson, Alicia Black and Carolynn Boatfield stand before parents and stakeholders at a banquet honoring the commitment and oath of the new Take Stock in Children inductees.

Students at the event had plans of entrepreneurship, medicine and the arts.

"She has always been a good student, always been on the honor roll, but once she saw all the scholarships that were available she's been working her butt off even more," Tais Wilson's father said about his daughter. "She's finished her her high school math classes and hasn't begun high school yet."

"It is very important to me," Tais chimed in, who plays the cello and piano and seeks a profession in the medical field.

'I can do this' Odeon Smith, a student interested in game design told the Daytona Times he understands the importance of the scholarship. "It can be a struggle to get money, and I know I can do this.''

"We are a team," he added, referring to his family and mom, Connie Smith, who also was at the banquet.

Mentors are being recruited to meet with students at their school to offer encouragement, motivation and serve as positive role models. Interested parties can complete an online application at or call the office at 386-255-6475

New TSIC students pictured left to right:  Kimberly Griffiths, O'Dregon Smith, Isael Mancilla, County Judge Dawn Fields, Gabriela Soto, Tais Wilson, Alicia Black and Carolynn Boatfield. Not pictured are eighth graders Brandynn Reed, Ivan Lopez and Frangelica O'Conner and tenth graders Cheyenne Slate and Isabel Valencia.

TSIC 2014 graduates pictured left to right: front row kneeling, TSIC Student Advocate Jeanna Butler and TSIC Mentor Coordinator Sheila Rees; Standing: Danyale White, Alexander Benitez, Richelle Williams, Keyur Patel, D'Cota Dixon, Marisha Mars, Matthew Motil, Rubin James, ShaiLeya Wren, Anthony Williams, Morgan Lawrence and Kevin Tierney. Not pictured is Shaun Harris.


TSIC Mentor/Coordinator Sheila Rees was recognized by the Kiwanis Club of DeLand as "Champion of Youth 2014" at Stetson University on February 15th.  Congratulations Sheila!

TSIC Student Kevin Tierney wins Leaders 4 Life

Travels to Tallahassee to be recognized on February 12th, 2014

Photo with Governor Rick Scott

TSIC Student Kevin Tierney Nominated for Leaders 4 Life

December 3, 2013, State Senator Dorothy L. Hukill joined the Take Stock In Children organization in honoring a local high school student, Kevin Tierney. Kevin is a senior in the AP Program at Spruce Creek High School and a member of the JROTC.  He is one of twelve nominated scholars statewide for the prestigious "Leaders 4 Life" Fellowship.

Kevin was surprised during his 2nd period English class by his grandparents,Ken and Dawn Bunzel; State Senator Dorothy L. Hukill; Principal Dr. Todd Sparger; Program Mentor Marsha Hudgins; JROTC Instructor Major Mario D. Ochoa; English Teacher Todd Palmer; Guidance Director Doris Jowers; Videographer/Photographer Jans Spisar; Take Stock in Children, Sheila Rees and Jeanna Butler and FUTURES Foundation Director Kelly Ferguson.  He was presented with a lap top computer for his nomination and a congratulatory letter from Senator Hukill.  The final award recipients will be announced on January 15, 2014.  CONGRATULATIONS KEVIN!!!!!!!

Take Stock in Children's Leaders for Life Fellow Kevin Tierney Day -                                          January 7, 2014 

The Asofsky Family Foundation, in concert with Take Stock in Children, created, developed, oversees and funds the Take Stock in Children's Leaders for Life Fellowship program in the state of Florida and has awarded 21 such fellowships to date that provide for all non-tuition related expenses included, but not limited to, housing, books, meals, transportation and more.  

Kevin holds a 4.3 GPA at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange.  He serves as JROTC Battalion Executive Officer, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet Commander, is a member of SCHS Track Team and the Physics Club. Kevin is a recipient of Bright Futures, Rotary Youth Leadership Award, CAP Pre-Solo Wings award, was chosen for Florida's American Legion Boy's State, JROTC and CAP Cadet of the Year, and received honors from Military Officers Association of America.  He volunteers with Halifax Hospice 5K run and Volusia County Walk for Cancer.  Kevin plans to attend FSU or UF to study aeronautical science or aerospace engineering. Kevin was one of six students throughout the state of Florida to receive this prestigious award.  Congratulations Kevin!

TSIC student Jonathan Montes de Oca was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the Police Explorer Program with the Port Orange Police Department.  He was also issued seven Law Enforcement Exploring Proficiency Awards:
1.  Tenure - Awarded for completing at least one year of satisfactory service to the post.
2.  Law Enforcement Training - Recognizes the accumulation of 60 hours of training.
3.  Crime Prevention - Recognizes 8 hours of crime prevention instruction in addition to participation in at least 3 crime prevention efforts.
4.  Emergency Preparedness - Certifies training in advanced first aid & CPR.
5.  Community Service - Acknowledges 100 hours of community service through the explorer post.
6.  Law Enforcement Service - Acknowledges an accumulation of 100 hours of service to the department in areas such as records, communications, equipment, and the volunteer department.
f7.  Drug Abuse Prevention - Acknowledges proficiency in drug abuse prevention training and services.

"I have gained an exorbitant amount of guidance, training, and instruction from the men and women of the Port Orange Police Department.  Having the ability to pass these experience on to my peers through leadership is an experience like none other.  These times will stick with me forever."

Port Orange Lions Club donates $500 to Take Stock in Children

The Lions Club is the largest service organization in the world and is found in more than 200 countries.  Their main mission is to help those with sight and hearing needs.  They also use the money earned through their fundraisers to support their community, thus helping young citizens find a pathway to success via higher education opportunities!  The club also participates in the mentoring aspect of the TSIC program which benefits both the student and the mentor.

2014 New TSIC Students
For the 2014-2015 school year, 11 new freshmen students at various high schools will begin their 4 year TSIC journey.  These students, if they maintain a 3.0 GPA, stay drug and crime free and meet with a mentor at school weekly, will each receive a Florida Prepaid 4 year college tuition scholarship upon their high school graduation, to be used at a Florida college or university.  The newly selected students are:

Gabriela Soto - Taylor High School
Isael Alfredo Manilla, Jr. - Taylor High School
Carolynn Boatfield - River Springs Middle School
Kimberly Griffiths - DeLand Middle School
O'Dregon Smith - David C. Hinson Sr. Middle School
Brandlynn Reed - Ormond Beach Middle School
Franglica O'Connor - River Springs Middle School
Ivan Lopez - Ormond Beach Middle School
Alicia Black - Southwestern Middle School
Tais Wilson 0- Heritage Middle School

Each student will sign a contract at an annual ceremony at Daytona International Speedway on May 18th and meet their mentor.

"2013 Take Stock in Children Mentor of the Year"
Mike Coffin!

(Pictured left to right. Sheriff Ben Johnson and Chief Deputy Mike Coffin)

In celebration of our mentors' contributions across the county, FUTURES/Take Stock in Children will once again recognize a Mentor of the Year who exemplifies the spirt of mentoring, giving of their time and wisdom to help young people succeed in school and life.  This year out Volusia County Take Stock Mentor of the Year is Mr. Mike Coffin.  Mr. Coffin is a Volusia County Sheriff Chief Deputy and a Mentor at DeLand High School.  CONGRATULATIONS!

2014-2015 Take Stock in Children Sponsors

Bank of America
Belk Scholar
ChairScholars Foundation
City of Deltona
Daytona Beach West Rotary
Daytona International Speedway
DeLand Downtown Rotary                                                               
Florida Department of Education
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Foundation
Alice Fogle
FUTURES Foundation 
Elisha Hester                                                                                 
Junior League of Daytona Beach
Junior Service League of DeLand
Kiwanis Club of DeLand
Dr. Joel Moses
Ormond Beach West Rotary
Ormond Beach Kiwanis Foundation
People For Drug Free Youth
Bill Ross
State of Florida                                                                                                 
State Farm Companies Foundation
Stetson Greenfeather
The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation

Click Here for TSIC Mentor Luncheon 2014 Gallery

Click Here for 2013 Two Year Scholarship Recipient Gallery

Click Here for TSIC at Stetson University Basketball - January 2013

Click here for 2011-2012 TSIC Photo Album

Click here for TSIC Fundraiser Gallery.

Click here for TSIC Luncheon Gallery.

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