Mentoring Programs

Mentoring is a key component in the 360° support we give all our students. Cultivating partnerships in the community by creating a strong network of mentors is key to making these programs successful. It is through these partnerships that members of our community have dedicated themselves to being a part of the personal network our youth are creating in their road to career readiness and success. There are numerous opportunities for students to receive mentoring. Career Coaching, Take Stock in Children, African American Mentoring Program, Reading Pals, and Flagler School’s staff mentoring are some of the individual programs that are available.

“Take Stock in Children, gave me so much more than just money to help with not being in debt. They gave me a life that I can enjoy because loans are not easy. They gave me an amazing person as my mentor, who I can talk to about anything, and more than anything, they helped shape me in who I am today. Every single person I have met in Take Stock, genuinely showed that they cared for me and only wanted what was best. I am forever grateful for that because they became much more than just a group that gave me a scholarship; they gave me a family.”

Kayleigh Bowen
2018 MHS Graduate

“I mentor because I want to be a positive influence and motivator for a child that needs guidance. I believe that it is important to give back to our community and what better way to do that than by teaching children how to overcome stressful situations at home so that they can be successful as adults. Plus, you walk away feeling good that you made a difference in someone else’s life!”

Cheryl Tanenbaum
Take Stock In Children Mentor

Career Coaching

The Career Coaching Program was created to empower students of Flagler Schools, who aspire to build their career connections and have leadership roles within their community and beyond. This added layer of support to our Classroom to Careers program embeds a mentoring opportunity for students to learn from seasoned business veterans in their area of interest. Mentees will be provided opportunities to: learn practical leadership skills, strengthen self-confidence, find a voice within their community in their chosen career path, build networking connections in the field, and reflect for intellectual and personal growth. Funding for this program was made possible by a 2-year grant through the United Way.

Foundation Programs

Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children (TSIC) is a statewide mentoring program offered throughout the State of Florida. The program gives low income at risk students the opportunity to achieve a successful education in high school and beyond. The TSIC program is another key program in our 360° support for our Flagler Schools students.

TSIC provides individual mentors, in school support, and paid college tuition scholarships. Students meet weekly with a mentor, remain drug free, and complete required education workshops. This year we are celebrating our 20th year of offering TSIC in Flagler County.

The Peter and Sue Freytag Take Stock in Children of Flagler County program has been recognized for a third year in a row with the Luminary Award. The Luminary Award is presented to programs that exceed TSIC state criteria in areas involving college readiness workshops, college success coach visits, and weekly mentoring sessions with our dedicated volunteers. Our program has also received the Gold Level Excellence Award for three years for earning a perfect score. We were also the sole recipient of the NEW Innovation Award. This award was given to the program that recognized consistent innovation and increased support of students and their families.

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TSIC mentors

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TSIC Mentor Hours

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Flagler School TSIC Graduates

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TSIC Graduates Enrolled in College

Connect Bus

The Connect Bus is a mobile platform able to travel to any part of the county as a community outreach tool. The bus is able to comfortably house 15 people and can be been outfitted with computers & internet when needed. Block parties, senior scholarship selection and kindergarten registration are a few examples of how the bus has been used. There are three corporate sponsors that help keep the bus rolling: Ameris Bank, Stewart Marchman Act Behavioral Healthcare, and United Way Volusia/Flagler.

STUFF Bus

The Flagler County Education Foundation jumped into action after Hurricane Irma, the second hurricane in twelve months, devastated large portions of Flagler County. The life essentials and school supplies collected by the STUFF Bus program were packed into over six hundred bags and handed out to the families hit the hardest. Students, school staff and volunteers helped fill bags and hand them out in two sections of the county that flooded after Irma.

The STUFF Bus program was created to help support our Flagler Schools families in need. The program started as a result of the high percentage of students in Flagler County on free or reduced lunch, which is now 64% of its students.