The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States


Mentors Honored

In honor of National Mentoring Month, Mayor Craig Cates and Commissioner Sam Kaufman proclaimed the month of January as Take Stock in Children Month.

Take Stock in Children is the premier Florida scholarship and mentoring organization which has served more than 800 students. The proclamation “commends and honors its 270 volunteer mentors for the assistance, advice, and guidance they provide during weekly mentor sessions, making a positive difference in the students’ lives and improving their self-confidence and belief that a college degree is attainable. 

The work of Take Stock and its mentors results in the high school graduation of 100 percent of the Take Stock scholars, and the matriculation of 96 percent in post-secondary education, well over the national averages.

First established in 1995 in Florida, Take Stock in Children provides at-risk and economically disadvantaged students extensive support, motivation and accountability to ensure they graduate from high school and pursue their postsecondary education goals. Take Stock in Children Monroe collaborates with community leaders and business partners, as well as staff and key stakeholders to provide equal educational opportunities to all children despite their socio-economic status.


Take Stock in Children Program Director Chuck Licis holds the Mayor’s proclamation, flanked by mentors, the Mayor, scholars and founder John Padget.