“There are not enough words in the world that can adequately show the impact that Champions For Learning and Take Stock in Children will have on my future,” says Andrea, a 2013 Take Stock in Children graduate. “Their support means more than just financial assistance. This is a boost of confidence and motivation. It’s an incredible feeling to know that someone out there is supporting me.”
Gary has always wanted to help young people in a direct and purposeful way. This passion led him to become a mentor in Champions For Learning’s Take Stock in Children program, and then an active Board member. Gary is currently mentoring his third student and is always recruiting more mentors.
On February 18, students in five Collier County classrooms received bushels of Golden Delicious apples as their teachers were surprised with Golden Apple awards, which highlight best practices in teaching. Representatives from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, presenting sponsor of the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program, were joined by Champions For Learning board members, sponsors, and volunteers to present the awards to the teachers in their classrooms.
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a critical step for families to complete in order for their student to be considered for federal, state and institutional financial aid.
College Goal Sunday is a free session open to all Collier County families in which you can get assistance from trained volunteers and financial aid professionals and complete your FAFSA online.
The Suncoast Credit Union announces its partnership with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, and Champions For Learning, the local education foundation, to offer five $2,000 scholarship awards to deserving high school seniors (graduating 2016) in Collier County public, private and home schools.
The job of molding the minds of our future leaders is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Teachers have risen to the occasion and so many have put great ideas into practice to make a difference for our students.
To many Snow White, Cinderella, and a lawyer wouldn’t fall under the same category. But to Hailie Dixon, who grew up in a single mother household, receiving a college degree was something right out of a fairy tale; something that she could only dream of. This was until she joined Champions For Learning’s Take Stock in Children mentoring and scholarship program.
Champions For Learning, Collier County’s education foundation, has been ranked 21st in the nation’s only annual study of K-12 education foundations, “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation”.
“As a mentor, Jack always showed up. He was always supportive. He made me feel like he actually cared,” says Jerry, a 2015 Take Stock in Children graduate. “He’s honestly impacted my life so much in such a short amount of time. We’ve only known each other for two years and I feel like he’s changed my whole life.”