September 2020
The TSIC App Has Launched!

TSIC APP has officially Launched
Search "TSIC" in the App Store to download!

We are happy to announce that Take Stock in Children has developed an App and it is ready for the 2020-2021 school year!
The App is an easy way for you to chat with your mentee, chat with your College Success Coach, schedule sessions and log your mentoring sessions. You can use the Take Stock app to chat with your mentee and schedule an "App Chat Mentor Session," all from your Smart Phone.  We have attached a video link below to show you how to start using the Take Stock App today!
  • To get started, just download the app from your app store! Search for "TSIC"
  • Login: Your username is your email address and your temporary password is Welcome123.
If you need some additional training on how to use the app, you can watch the training video here: TAKE STOCK APP TRAINING VIDEO FOR MENTORS.
The training video above covers the following information:
  • How to Download the Take Stock App
  • Correct Phone Settings for the Take Stock App (for IOS & Android)
  • Logging-In to the Take Stock App
  • Scheduling a Chat Mentor Session
  • Initiating a Chat (texting) Mentoring Session with Your Mentee
  • Resources on the Take Stock App
  • Logging a Mentor Session
  • Chats with your mentee lasting for 20 minutes or more can count as a mentoring session during the 2020-2021 school year, allowing your mentee to maintain their TSIC program mentoring requirements. 
Updated TSIC Road Maps 

TSIC has recently updated the student road maps. Road maps are a useful tool mentors can use to make sure their mentees are setting appropriate goals to be college ready!

To access the grade-appropriate road map for your mentee please click one of the links below: 

Bruce Baldwin
How did you become involved with mentoring through the Hillsborough Education
To be honest, I was shamed into it by my son. He has been heavily involved in robotics since middle school and even competed in 5 world championships in 4 years. Not only did he compete and win many competitions but he also dedicated his time to mentoring other teams. In fact, when he got to UCF he even hosted competitions entirely coordinated by him and staffed by other college student volunteers.  Seeing his dedication, and the joy it brought him, I wanted to follow in his footsteps and volunteered to be a mentor at Citi. I mentored there for 2 years and also ran the technical aspects of the program which has now gone global. When I turned over my role there to a teammate, I saw an invitation for a volunteer effort in my corporate email and attended a lunch session hosted by HEF and Citi. If all a student needs is some of my time, I am happy to provide for such a good cause.

What has been the most rewarding part of mentoring?
I hate to admit it but I am getting a little older. While I may have age and experience on my side, everyone has something to teach and something to learn. My mentee is a window into another generation, their thoughts and values. I learn as much, if not more, from my Mentee as he learns from me. I also get updates on the current music trends and the best gaming platforms.

What do you believe is the key to being a quality mentor?
Listening. According to the dictionary, Mentor - A person's mentor is someone who gives them help and advice over a period of time, especially help and advice related to their job. Synonyms: guide, teacher, coach, adviser. Students have enough people telling them what to do. A mentor is a partner that can provide helpful guidance when needed or asked but can also just be a conduit to listen, which can be very helpful as they navigate school and growing up in general. 

When you are not working with students, how do you prefer to spend your free
I greatly enjoy music (blues especially), juggling, racquetball, rollerblading, ping pong and due to the pandemic have recently acquired 2 kayaks that I use for fun and exercise.

What do you hope your mentee(s) will learn from you?
In our discussions, I try to reinforce good values like  integrity, honesty, respect for others, and keeping an open mind.

Senior Spotlight 
Join us in celebrating these awesome students! 

Gabriela, a student at Lennard HS, was accepted into the College Prep Scholars Program in the summer and she is in the process of applying to the Quest Bridge National College Match program! The College Prep Scholars Program equips high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges. 


Ankit, a student at Plant City HS, earned a spot as a National Merit Semi-Finalists. The process began when he took the Preliminary SAT as a junior. His score - a perfect 1520- was among the highest in Florida. As a semifinalist, he represent an elite group - among the top 1 percent of high school seniors in the U.S. Among the factors considered in the selection are a student's academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, other honors and awards, and SAT scores. Students also must be recommended by a high school official and write an essay. The vast majority of semifinalists will be named finalists in February 2021. For the full list of semifinalists click here!

Elida, a senior at Lennard High School, was featured on and an article was written about her! The article highlights Elida's service to Hillsborough County's Latino and migrant farming community. She's a volunteer at Nearly New. Elida's also a member of Latinos in Action at Lennard High. Latinos in Action is a non-profit, national organization that works to empower Latino students. 
Elida also mentors younger students through the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides childcare and early education for children of migrant farm-workers and other rural, low-income families. To watch the feature and read the full article, click here! 

Wells Fargo's Student Impact Scholarship

In response to the incredible amount of challenges facing students right now, Wells Fargo
 is committing $1 million in scholarships to help students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and who despite these challenges have been working to make a difference in their community. They will be awarding $5k scholarships to 200 deserving student's. 


If your mentee needs someone to talk to during this stressful time, consider suggesting they call Florida Blue. This is open to ALL Floridians. 

MyCareerShines Updates

Due to recent funding cuts, Kuder Galaxy, Navigator and Journey will no longer be available through FloridaShines. Effective August 31, 2020, MyCareerShines powered by Kuder users will be automatically redirected to the Kuder, Inc. website to access their assessments and those resources. You can continue to enjoy free career materials and resources by visiting the FloridaShines career page.

In light of this announcement, students can select another platform for college and career planning for their students to utilize. A few websites that might be an option are (click the names to explore the websites!):


Bright Futures Test Deadline Extended
Governor Ron DeSantis has extended until December 1 a deadline for
 recent high-school graduates to meet SAT or ACT test-score requirements to qualify for Bright Futures scholarships. The extension, announced late Tuesday, September 1, 2020 applies to students who graduated during the 2019-2020 academic year, which was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. To read more, click here.
Source: Florida Trend

How to Build Relationships With Students During COVID-19
This can't be emphasized enough: Strong relationships will be essential to students' academic success and well-being this coming school year. And now, the beginning of the semester, is a crucial time for developing the personal connections that students will need to sustain them through what is going to be an unpredictable school year, at best. But with schools either operating remotely, alternating online instruction with in-person classes, or closing due to an outbreak, developing meaningful relationships between teachers and students-and even among staff, students, and families-will be a challenge. A common feature among children who show resilience in the face of adverse childhood experiences is the presence of close and supportive relationships with adults. Relationships also create a sense of belonging in school-and in times of remote learning, it may be the only tangible connection to schools that students will have. If students are struggling to stay engaged through distance learning or hybrid schedules, strong relationships with their teachers and classmates may be what keeps them logging in. To read more, click here.
Source: Education Week 
The College Success Team 
Director of TSIC
(813) 463-4283
Click the name of your assigned College Success Coach to email them.

College Success Coach
College Success Coach
(813) 574-0271
College Success Coach
(813) 574-0264
College Success Coach
(813) 574-0269

Mark Your Calendar

Sept 15th 
Financial Aid 101 WorkshopAll Mentees
Sept 19thNew Student OrientationIncoming Freshmen
Sept. 24th
How to Apply to College Workshop
All Mentees
Oct. 7thResume Writing Skills Workshop
All Mentees
Oct. 14thInterview Skills WorkshopAll Students
Oct. 27th
& 29th
Mentor Workshop:
Social & Emotional Learning as a Lens for Mentorship (Hosted by Frameworks)
More details coming soon!
All Mentors

For more detailed information about the events occurring in Hillsborough County Public Schools, click the link below:
For more information, contact Anna Corman via email