The Patterson Foundation supports strengthened giving during the Giving Challenge by providing matching challenges in a 24-hour giving event supporting more than 600 nonprofits serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties in Florida.
Why Support Take Stock in Children of Manatee County?
Take Stock In Children is a not for profit program that helps children from low income families achieve academic and personal success through a postsecondary college scholarship and mentor program led by a local partnership of schools, businesses, agencies and individuals. As early as the 6th grade, students may be selected for the Take Stock in Children program.
Once selected, students, along with their parent or guardian sign an agreement to remain drug-free, crime-free, maintain good grades and behavior and meet with a mentor on a weekly basis, on the school campus, during the school day. Take Stock in Children has a 96% success rate of keeping students in school, graduating high school, attending college and entering the workforce. Each year hundreds of students apply to participate in the Take Stock in Children program, unfortunately, because of limited scholarship dollars, only 20% are selected.