By Kelly Astro, Director, Valencia Promise/Take Stock in Children
For the past 10 years, the Valencia Promise/Take Stock in Children program has enriched the lives of more than 200 high school students in Orange County. This program, in partnership with the Central Florida community, provides low-income students in grades nine through 12 with the opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship with a mentor and to participate in co-curricular programs that help them grow personally, professionally and academically. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students receive a fully-funded, two-year Florida prepaid scholarship that helps cover the cost of college tuition at any public college or university in the state.
While the promise of a college scholarship brings students into this program, it is through the presence and commitment of a mentor that these students’ lives are truly changed for the better.
That said, we invite you to be the person who brings this positivity and encouragement to a student’s life by becoming a mentor with the Valencia Promise/Take Stock in Children program during the 2017-18 school year.
This year, 82 rising ninth-grade students were selected to participate in the program. Many of these new students will be attending schools that are close to the East, West and Winter Park Campuses, along with the District Office and School of Public Safety.
Participating mentors will receive training prior to their first student visit and ongoing support/professional development throughout the year. Mentoring sessions take place at the school twice per month (15 over the academic year) for 30 minutes each, which may be conducted during Valencia work hours (with approval from your supervisor).
For a first-hand look at the experience of one of our Valencia mentors, click here.
Become a mentor and join a community of caring professionals who are committed to educating students in Orange County so that they grow into well-rounded, socially and civically-responsible young women and men who develop a passion for lifelong learning.