Since 2007, Valencia College has worked closely with Take Stock in Children to enrich the lives of young people in Orange County. Take Stock in Children (TSIC) is a non-profit organization that provides low-income students in grades 8-12 with the resources to break the cycle of poverty through education. Serving every county in the state of Florida, Take Stock in Children assists students in making a successful transition from high school to college by offering funding, mentoring, and advocacy services.
Partnering with Take Stock in Children, the Valencia Promise Program endeavors to involve various members of the community – including state and local government representatives, businesses, colleges/universities, and school districts - in creating unique educational opportunities for low-income and minority students to help them realize the dream of a college education. Valencia College invests in these students by providing a multi-year program model of mentorship, college preparation, civic engagement, and a college scholarship. Collectively, Valencia and our community partners invest in the next generation of leaders which directly impacts the social and economic development of Central Florida.
The Valencia Promise – Take Stock in Children Program model consists of four “Pillars of Promise”
Pillar 1: Scholarship. Students and their parents/guardians agree to specific academic performance standards. In order to receive a college scholarship, students must stay in school, maintain an acceptable GPA, and remain drug and crime free. Additionally, all of our student must take the SAT and/or ACT during their junior and senior years.
Pillar 2: Mentorship. Each student who is enrolled in the Valencia Promise program is matched with a mentor who provides guidance and academic motivation. Students meet with their mentors a minimum of 15 times per academic year. Students will also meet with their College Success Coordinator at least 4 times per academic year.
Pillar 3: Leadership Development. The Valencia Promise program hosts workshops for our students on topics including financial literacy, funding opportunities, career planning, community awareness and civic engagement, self-care, and conflict resolution. Students must attend at least 4 workshops per academic year.
Pillar 4: Civic Engagement. We endeavor to help our students become active learners and engaged citizens. To this end, we require our students to complete at least 25 hours of service to the local community each academic year.
Dr. Sanford Shugart
President, Valencia College
"We have many children in our county that are dreaming of going to college, and we are committed to making that dream a reality. This program will provide our children with a chance to obtain a higher education and will help them get there with the guidance of a caring mentor through middle and high school."