TSIC of Citrus County


Take Stock in Children was established in the State of Florida in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition into college.

Our program is based on the principal that given extensive support, motivation and accountability, children will work hard to ensure that they graduate from high school and attain a college degree. We fund our college scholarships and student services through a unique public-private fund raising model, and our mentors generously volunteer their mentoring services to our children.

Take Stock in Children’s multi-year commitment to at-risk children throughout our state is also an investment in the communities in which our students live. We know that the education of a child is an investment in their future and the assured way of breaking the cycle of poverty. Our goal is to continue to reduce the number of high school drop-outs and to increase the number of students who finish college and enter the workforce successfully.

Since our inception in 1995, Take Stock in Children has demonstrated its success and sustainability by delivering life changing results for our students.

Statewide Highlights of our program:

• Take Stock in Children has served over 22,000 children throughout 67 counties in Florida
• Take Stock in Children has over $130 million in Florida Prepaid Foundation scholarship 

• Take Stock in Children has generated over 1,000,000 mentor volunteer hours and 

   currently has over 7,500 mentors
• Take Stock in Children’s current student population consists of over 65% of minority  

• Take Stock in Children is funded from both the private and public sector

Please join us as a mentor, volunteer or donate to Take Stock in Children. Your commitment and support will pave the way to better lives for deserving children in our community.



For further information, please contact the state organization at the link below:





The Take Stock in Children in Citrus County participates in the statewide program that supports the education of deserving middle and high school students in Florida. Take Stock in Children of Citrus County was also  established in 1995 with the same purpose as our state organization.  As a non-profit organization in Citrus County we currently has forty-one students enrolled in our local program. We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include the student's transition into college. 

For further information about our local program, please contact us at:


Take Stock in Children of Citrus County is sponsored by the Citrus County Sheriffs Office






Program Management:

Program Sponsor - Sheriff Jeff Dawsy
Executive Director - Captain David DeCarlo
Program Coordinator- Pat Lancaster



Citrus County Sheriffs Office
1 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

Inverness, Florida, 34450

Program Office

9360 E. Windwood Loop

Inverness, Florida 34450

(352) 344-0855












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Our Program

Economically disadvantaged children face insurmountable obstacles that make finishing high school difficult and going to college almost impossible.


Right now, almost 60% of Florida children are living in poverty and the numbers are increasing every year.


Often times children are overlooked and under-served. Most of these students face a bleak future as they do not have the resources offered to their peers from higher socioeconomic levels to complete their education.


We know, economically, higher education will be critical for individual economic success. College graduates in comparison to those with only a high school diploma.
Our program helps to ensure that students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to complete their post-secondary education and to successfully enter the work force.

Take Stock in Children is active in over 800 schools throughout the State of Florida. Students are selected between the 6th and 9th grades, many from minority families, and must meet our low-income and at-risk guidelines.


Students are selected in their local communities by highly engaged committees that are comprised of education and civic leaders, as well as corporate sponsors.


Take Stock in Children partners with community education foundations, community colleges and school districts throughout the State of Florida to deliver our program services to students.

Take Stock in Children of Citrus County


scholarships, mentors & hope

Contact us at 352-344-0855

Contact us at:   1 Dr. Martin Luther Jr Drive, Inverness, FL34450

                       9360 E. Windwood Loop, Inverness, FL, 34450 (Office)

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