Matched dollar-for-dollar, this donation will become a $100,000 investment supporting underserved children through mentorship and guarantees of college scholarships
(PRUnderground) March 4th, 2022
CFY continues to build upon its’ mission of elevating the youth of Pinellas County through its most recent partnership with the Pinellas Education Foundation (Foundation), with a $50,000 contribution to the Take Stock In Children Program (TSIC). Through Foundation’s partnership with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, each donor dollar is matched, doubling the impact of this award to the benefit of 11 Pinellas County children.
“One of the three main pillars of CFY’s support of the children in Pinellas County is to partner on educational opportunities. Through our exciting new partnership with the Pinellas Education Foundation, we are impacting additional youth of Pinellas County and preparing them to be well rounded members of our society with mentoring and advanced education,” CFY Chairman, Fred Miller.
TSIC is a life-changing initiative that identifies hard-working, financially deserving middle and high school students and provides them with a college scholarship, a college success coach and a mentor willing to help them reach their full potential. 96% of Take Stock in Children students graduate high school on time, compared to the state graduation rate of 83% for economically disadvantaged students.
“We are so appreciative of the partnership with CFY. Especially during these times of tremendous uncertainty, students need extra hope created by the promise of a college scholarship and a mentor to support them,” Pinellas Education Foundation Chief Executive Officer Stacy Baier.
Students within the program are paired with mentors, meeting 15 times during the school year to help establish goals, discuss challenges, and build confidence. The program also administers college readiness and coaching. 67% of the Take Stock in Children students, all who are economically disadvantaged, go on to complete college.
This donation is the largest of CFY’s grant awards to an organization in a single fiscal year and is intended to be the first of a recurring partnership between the two youth-focused organizations.
About CFY Pinellas
CFY’s mission is to elevate the youth of Pinellas County through access to athletics and other skill-building programs where children from all backgrounds can learn, play, and grow together. This is achieved through meaningful collaborations with a variety of youth focused organizations across the county, combining efforts and resources to maximize community impact. For more information, please visit our website at www.cfypinellas.org
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