Teresa Foderingham, Commercial Lines Manager

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"Take Stock in Children is a nonprofit organization unique to the State of Florida that provides an opportunity for low-income, academically qualified students to escape the cycle of poverty by providing opportunities for a post-secondary education. We offer college scholarships, provide caring volunteer mentors, and instill hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services begin in middle school, continue through high school, and include the students' transition into college and career. With the mentorship and support that Take Stock provides the High School graduation rate for our Scholars is 96% (vs FL avg 76%) and College graduation rate is 67% (vs FL avg 48%). I became a mentor with TSIC last year and my mentee, Elizabeth, is a sophomore in high school. Elizabeth is a very intelligent and ambitious student. She is a member of the National Honor Society, leadership club and the Key Club. Following her love for animals and children, she volunteers at the Humane Society and the Early Learning Center. Although we keep in touch via text and email quite regularly, I go to the high school every week and we meet during her lunch break. My role as a mentor is primarily to provide encouragement, support and guidance to help Elizabeth succeed in her goal to graduate from college. Elizabeth, similar to many Take Stock Scholars, will be the first college graduate in her family!” - Teresa Foderingham, Commercial Lines Manager