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Sharon Collins, executive director of the Take Stock in Children Nassau program, will be able to provide a pathway to postsecondary education for 145 students this year thanks in part to the tremendous service of the Take Stock in Children Nassau Board of Directors.

Sharon says the message her board sends to the students is clear; there is a village here to help them graduate from high school and go to college. 

Playing a critical role in raising scholarship dollars and serving as volunteering mentors, the 13-member board raised over $287,000 last year for scholarships. 

Sharon shares that the most important factor of her board’s success are the individuals who volunteer their time to help impact Nassau County’s youth. Board chair, Bob Henderson, for example, has served on the board for over 6 years and is also a mentor and tutor for the program.

Sharon says, “Bob’s compassion and caring for the students is astounding.”

According to Sharon, “The reason the Take Stock Nassau program works is that we see our students as individuals and provide a holistic approach of ensuring they receive the resources they need to be successful in high school, prepared for college, and complete a college degree, as well as, have the support of a caring mentor along the way.”

Next month, Sharon and her Board will hold their 12th annual Light Up a Life Gala and Silent Auction on December 2. With a goal of $40,000, the event’s proceeds will go to help support mentoring and college readiness initiatives for their TSIC Nassau scholars.


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