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Take Stock in Children alum attributes success to his mentor
December 15, 2015
education
Karen Schexnayder

On December 2, 2015, Take Stock in Children of Nassau County, Inc. celebrated its 12th Annual Light Up a Life gala and auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation with nearly 260 Take Stock Nassau supporters attended the event.
 
Bryan Kinser was the alumni speaker. Bryan entered the Take Stock Nassau program in the seventh grade and graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 2005. He later completed a B.A. in Education from the University of North Florida and is a teacher at Yulee High School. Bryan shared his story of how being a part of Take Stock Nassau changed his life by giving him hope of a better life through completing a college degree.
 
Jacksonville University President, Tim Cost, was the keynote speaker who spoke of the importance of education and how it is able to change lives. Mr. Cost shared the story of Hope, Faith, and Grace Keener, who are part of the Take Stock Nassau program.  They have all been accepted into the nationally-recognized nursing program at Jacksonville University.  The Keeners will graduate from Hilliard Middle Senior High School in May of 2016.
 
Take Stock in Children of Nassau County Inc. is a student mentoring, college readiness and scholarship program that helps academically-qualified, low-income students break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential through higher education.  The organization helps students stay in school, get better grades and ultimately succeed in college. 
 
To accomplish these objectives, they provide each Take Stock Nassau student in grades 8 through 12 with professional college readiness coaching, as well as, a dedicated mentor who meets once a week with their mentee during the school year.  Take Stock in Children students contractually commit to stay out of trouble, maintain a good record of attendance, achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA and remain drug free throughout high school.  If they meet those requirements, Take Stock Nassau provides them with a full-tuition scholarship to college. 
 
For more information on how to donate or become a mentor, visit their website.

The NCEDB exists because of the generous support of the Nassau County Board of Commissioners, our local municipalities and economic development partners.
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