July  2020
HEF's TSIC Program Earns"GOLD" 

HEF got a Perfect Score on the yearly TSIC  Program Evaluation- which is the first time that happens in our program's history! 

We are so thankful to every mentor that made this possible. Your flexibility , passion and devotion to your mentee(s) and our program is truly invaluable  to HEF. 
Once again, THANK YOU!

 See below for some words from HEF's CEO, Kim Jowell.

Dear Mentors, 

Thank you so much for giving of your time and serving as a mentor. This past year has had its challenges for everyone. 

We have some exciting news that we want to share with you because of the important role you played in this accomplishment. Each year, the Take Stock in Children State office evaluates the performance of our mentoring program using a tool called the Balanced Scorecard (BSC). We are scored on several different metrics including the percentage of students with 15+ mentoring sessions, the quality of support given to students by their College Success Coaches, the number of and opportunity for relevant workshops and fulfillment of the state grant requirements. The evaluation process is rigorous with the bar set very high for achievement.

This year, for the first time in the history of our program, we have received a rating of Gold (the highest of three ratings) on our BSC results! What's more, we not only achieved Gold for the first time, but we did so with a perfect score of 100 on the BSC! We are unbelievably excited about these outcomes and are certainly celebrating this victory.

Thank you for helping to make this possible. Your willingness to visit students at their schools week in and week out (and then, this year, make a major shift to virtual mentoring) is an integral part of this success. Each year, your tireless effort to make an impact in the lives of young people serves as an inspiration for me and our entire organization. We are thankful for each and every one of you for the contribution you are making to the future of individual students, the future of our community and the support of our mission.

As we close the door on the 2019-2020 school year, our team is already hard at work preparing for the future. While there is still much to be known about what the 2020-2021 school year will look like, you can expect our unwavering support for our mentors and mentees. Anna Corman and the rest of our team at HEF will be in touch in the weeks ahead as we prepare to continue serving this vital need in our community.

Have a wonderful summer and we hope to see you back next year!

With gratitude,

Kim Jowell, CEO

What is TSIC Up to This Summer?

While COVID-19 has put a hold on many of the events the TSIC team had planned for this summer, there are still ways your mentee can get involved! 
Tuesday, July 14th
Preparing for College - Your mentee should join this session to learn how to prepare for college, about financial aid, college essays, and more! 
Thursday, July 16th  
Preparing for High School - Your mentee should join this session to learn how to prepare for high school and important things to know as an incoming Freshman! Geared towards 8th-9th grade students. 
Tuesday, July 21st
Let's Talk About Racial Inequality - Your mentee should join this session to learn, share, and explore issues related to racial inequality. Get tips on how you can participate in social justice initiatives as a student and learn about opportunities available to minority students at the college-level. 
Wednesday, July 22nd
Citi Career Series: HR, Virtual Interview Skills & Resumes- Your mentee should join this session to learn about virtual interview skills, resume writing skills, and personal branding. Students will have a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and learn some important tips in the job-hiring process!
Thursday, July 30th
Citi Career Series: Computer Engineering, AI, and Robotics - Hear from computer engineers at Citi Bank and learn about AI, robotics, and computer engineering. You'll have plenty of time to ask questions and learn about this career path, how to get started, tips for college, and more!
Friday, July 31st
Citi Career Series: Information & Cyber Security - Hear from professionals at Citi Bank who work in the field of Cyber Security. 

ALL TSIC students are invited to participate in our annual  TSIC Shopping Day,   where students can collect FREE supplies to be successful in the upcoming school year. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will be hosting a Take Stock in Children "drive-through" Shopping Week for TSIC students, instead of the traditional one-day event. We will have open hours that students can stop by and receive a packet of school supplies for themselves AND every other school-aged child in their household. The packets will all be the same but there will be a high school packet, a middle school packet, and an elementary packet. Students will be able to indicate how many packets they need in each category.

Students must RSVP so we can have their packet(s) ready for them when they come to the foundation. They can contact their College Success Coach for the link to RSVP.

If your mentee is not able to make it to the shopping week, please reach out to your College Success Coach and they can set aside a bag of supplies for them. 

The shopping week will take place on the following dates and times:


Monday, July 27th
Tuesday, July 28th
Wednesday, July 29th
Thursday, July 30th
Friday, July 31st
Saturday, August 1st

Monday - Friday:  9AM-12PM & 1PM-4:00PM
Saturday: 9AM-2PM


A couple of mentor workshops are in the works! They will be scheduled before the start of the new school-year, so keep an eye out for an email with more information to follow!

FL Mandates All Counties Open Brick and Mortar Schools 
The Florida Department of Education ordered that all public schools must open brick and mortar school at least 5 days a week. We are still waiting to hear how Hillsborough County plans to respond to this order. For more information, watch the following video by clicking here!

Schools' Reopening Plan in Hillsborough County

Face Coverings Required When Classes Resume
Superintendent Addison Davis has made the decision to require face coverings at schools when classes resume August 10th.  Superintendent Davis believes it is the best option at this time for keeping our students and staff safe and healthy on campus.  For more information, click here!

D'Monique Brown
How did you become involved with mentoring through the Hillsborough Education
I was involved with mentoring for many years when I lived in California, both at work and personally, I moved to Florida in January 2018 and had a desire to participate in a local organization that had a focus of giving back and helping youth that were under-privileged.  Additionally, I work for Gap Inc. and one of the Company focuses for support (that aligns with my personal goal) is youth development (helping under-served youth become better prepared for adulthood). I did some research and determined that Take Stock In Children's, goals were in alignment with mine. I made contact with TSIC and went through the orientation to become a mentor.

What has been the most rewarding part of mentoring?
The most rewarding part of mentoring in general is helping others to see that achieving their goals is within their power if they are willing to put in the necessary work. What has been most rewarding in my current mentoring relationship is watching my mentee grow and face challenges without giving up. Seeing her progress in the way that she communicates as she continues to develop confidence in herself has truly been rewarding. 

What do you believe is the key to being a quality mentor?
The key to being a quality mentor is  a willingness to be supportive by providing the appropriate level of guidance and options. Realizing that as a mentor/advisor there is not an expectation that you know all the answers, but a willingness to explore the possibilities with your mentee so that he/she can make the best decision. It's also the understanding that there is much you can learn from your mentee.

When you are not working with students, how do you prefer to spend your free time?
 I prefer to spend my free time with my husband and helping others to learn about the Bible and the value of developing a relationship with Jehovah God.

What do you hope your mentee(s) will learn from you?
I hope she will learn that whatever she decides to do it is worth doing to the best of her abilities, while also being balanced. I hope she will learn to speak up for herself and to do so with confidence and humility and to have a point of view on the things that really matter.

Community Service Opportunities  

Is your mentee looking for community service opportunities this summer? We have gathered a variety of
  safe volunteering opportunities for your mentee to earn CS hours! 

Many on-site organizations have placed new precautions and protocols in place to keep everyone safe. Some companies have also created opportunities for students to volunteer remotely.   

For community service ideas, click here!

USF Invests $20 million in Scholarships & Tuition Waivers 
As Floridians face increasing financial hardship amid the coronavirus, the University of South Florida announced a plan to help its students stay on track to graduate on time.

USF announced the "We Got U-SF Scholarship and Waiver" program Tuesday, a $20 million investment in scholarships and tuition waivers to encourage new and currently enrolled students to enroll full time in the fall.

To read the full article, click here!
Source: Tampa Bay Times

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

July 16th Student Workshop: Preparing for High School Geared to 8th-9th grade students
July 21st
Student Workshop: Let's Talk About Racial Inequality
All Students
July 22nd Student Workshop: Citi Career Series- HR, Virtual Interview Skills, and Resumes
All Students
July 30th Student Workshop: Citi Career Series- Computer Engineering, AI, and Robotics All Students
July 31st Student Workshop: Citi Career Series- Information & Cyber Security All Students
July 27th-
August 1st

Shopping Week

July 27th- July 31st  Hours: 
9AM-12PM & 1PM-4PM

August 1st Hours:

*RSVP required*

All Students

For more detailed information about the events occurring in Hillsborough County Public Schools, click the link below:

For the 2019-2020 TSIC Calendar, click the link below: 
For more information, contact Anna Corman via  email