“Champions For Learning has given me the motivation to work hard. They have taught me how to be successful and have helped me in my personal growth.” – Gina
Supporting families and helping students gain the skills and vision for their future is a unique and important role for our community. Champions For Learning works with the community, connecting them directly with students in support of college and career readiness.
- Volunteer models: Take Stock in Children and Real-World Learning Model/College & Career Prep
- Community-based programming and training: Specific initiatives are developed to help hundreds of students focus on the tasks they need to accomplish to achieve their future goals
- Access to financial resources: leading collaborative county-wide efforts to increase completion rates for the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
College and Career Prep Program – Any eleventh grade student (regardless of income level) from public or independent high schools is eligible to apply for this college and career prep program which assists students in accomplishing their goals and finding the financial resources to pay for post-high school education.
Scholarship & Mentoring Program – Eighth grade students with economic needs are selected to meet with a Champions For Learning volunteer mentor regularly. Upon successful completion of the program, the students earn a two year Florida state college tuition scholarship.
"I know that my family is grateful for all my experiences and all that I have learned through Champions For Learning that I may not have received otherwise."
- Angie Take Stock In Children Graduate
"I really wanted to get involved with an organization and thanks to mentoring I was not only able to help a young person, but also have them impact me. The people at Champions For Learning are wonderful. They create amazing support. Volunteering with them has been very satisfying and a wonderful experience. "
– Jack Toren
Take Stock in Children Mentor
"Champions For Learning has given me the opportunity to do better as a student and excel in school. I don't know what I would do without their guidance."
– Frank 2017 Graduate
"When we motivate students to learn, they prove that progress can happen far beyond the four walls of a classroom. When we to building relationships, celebrating success, and setting high expectations we empower them."
– Amanda McCoy Manatee Middle teacher
"As a community, we have to place value on learning, and we have to support it actively. One way to do that is to create opportunities for educators to collaborate and share best practices. It’s pretty simple, the stronger we make our teachers, the stronger their students will be."
– Cindy Helton Suncoast Credit Union, Executive Director