Through a partnership with Florida College Access Network (FCAN), more than 50 Take Stock in Children (TSIC) college success coaches from across the state will attend the 2018 Florida College Access Network Summit (FCAN Summit) to expand their professional development. These coaches provide coaching, resources, and support to ensure students served through TSIC – deserving low-income youth, many from minority families – stay on-track for high school completion and successful college entrance.

The Summit, which will be held May 10-11, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, will feature innovative approaches to breaking down barriers to student success. FCAN will host an exclusive, invitation-only session for TSIC’s college success coaches to network and share best practices.

“We’re thrilled to host Take Stock in Children at this year’s Summit,” said Laurie Meggesin, executive director of Florida College Access Network. “College success coaches help thousands of high-potential, low-income students thrive in college and career, and we hope the Summit provides them inspiration, tips, and tools that can further enhance their important work.”

The partnership between TSIC and FCAN was made possible as a result of a grant from State Farm. Last year, TSIC was selected by the voting public as a nationwide top-40 recipient of State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist® program. As one of the winning causes, TSIC received a $25,000 grant which the organization is using, in part, to support the professional development of its college success coaches. With its wide-ranging offerings and opportunities to learn from and connect with education change makers from throughout the state, the FCAN Summit was identified as an ideal opportunity for these coaches.

“We are truly thankful for being selected as a grant recipient through this State Farm program,” said Take Stock in Children President & CEO Jillian Hasner. “These funds are critical in ensuring expanded professional development opportunities for our college success coaches, staff who play a key role in ensuring successful outcomes for our most vulnerable students. By partnering with Florida College Access Network, we found the perfect way to invest in these coaches, which ultimately provides tremendous returns to our scholars, their families, and communities throughout our state.”

To learn more about the 2018 FCAN Summit and register, visit A discounted early registration rate is available through Friday, April 13.

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