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Champions For Learning Recognized for Program Excellence by Take Stock in Children

Champions For Learning receives Luminary award for the third year in a row.

For the third consecutive year, The Education Foundation of Collier County – Champions For Learning has received the Luminary Award from the Take Stock in Children (TSIC) state office by earning a Gold rating and meeting or exceeding 100% of key performance indicator goals.

Take Stock in Children is a statewide academically focused mentoring program that guides students towards successful completion of high school and college enrollment. Take Stock in Children empowers students from households with low incomes, many of whom are on track to become the first in their families to graduate from high school, to overcome the barriers to higher education they face. Champions For Learning has been an affiliate of the Take Stock in Children program since 2000.

Key performance goals accomplished by Champions For Learning include over 3,200 mentoring sessions totaling more than 1970 hours which equals 99% of students meeting their mentoring session goal. Champions For Learning was able to match 100% of newly inducted 8th grade students with a mentor within 30 days of contract signing. Lastly, every student in Champions For Learning’s Take Stock in Children program completed one-on-one sessions with a College and Career coordinator. These are just a few of the key performance indicators accomplished by Champions For Learning.

“Receiving this award for a third year in a row is a reflection of the hard work our student programs staff provides to Collier County students to ensure they can be successful in postsecondary education and in life,” said Barbara Evans, President & CEO of Champions For Learning.

This multi-year program model integrates elements of highly effective college and career access programing, including mentorship, college and career access workshops, one-on-one college and career coaching, and scholarships.

Each student in the Champions For Learning Take Stock in Children program is matched with a volunteer adult mentor for the duration of their high school career. Mentors meet with their student mentees at least sixteen times per year on the school campus, at Champions For Learning office, or through monitored video meeting options. This Luminary Award also reflects the dedication our mentors have when it comes to serving as a catalyst for educational success for the students in Collier County.