Press Release

Take Stock in Children of Manatee County, Inc. Launches High Impact Summer Learning Company; Eight New Summer Camp Programs

Teaching Innovation and Creativity themes to Manasota Youth

Bradenton FL, April 11, 2017:  Take Stock in Children-Manatee is launching a new business entity to provide high-impact learning experiences for youth in our region.   Creativity Camps, LLC was formed this week and will begin offering a selected group of unique camp programs this summer for youth from grades 4-12.

Take Stock in Children of Manatee County, Inc. is a local non-profit with a powerful and proven program that provides one-on-one mentoring, college scholarships, and hope for qualifying youth who could not otherwise afford post-secondary education.   The new Creativity Camps, LLC is solely owned by Take Stock, and is designed as a for-profit organization whose revenues from the innovative camp offerings will be used to further fund the not-for-profit scholarship and mentoring activities of Take Stock.

According to Michael Corley, Take Stock’s Board Chairman, “Creativity Camps extends our mission of helping prepare students for later life success by developing beliefs of courage, self-confidence, tenacity, and creativity”.

Creativity Camps will launch several week-long camp experiences for elementary, middle and high school students this June and July focusing on Science, Arts, and Technology themes. The camps will be taught by highly successful teachers from the School District of Manatee County offering a curriculum that includes CSI- Forensics, Robotics, Graphic Novel Creation, Clay Studio Visual Arts Design, Songwriter Workshop, Superhero Training, Mad Scientist Laboratory, and a Technology Playground facilitated by Teacher of the Year, Nick Leduc.  Diana Dill, (Creativity Camps Executive Director) disclosed that “These camps showcase the very best educational experience in Elementary, Middle or High School.  We are using content developed at such institutions as Rice University and the Stanford Design School to create a powerful, engaging, hands-on and fun learning experience”.  She continued, “Our programs will let students get their hands dirty, and we are also planning field trips to extend their learning into real world situations.”   Parents can learn more about the camp offerings, dates, costs and registration at

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About Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students to break 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 college completion.  Over the last year, hundreds of children have benefited from the program through the opportunity to be mentored and receive a college tuition scholarship.  Each student and their family go through an application process.  Once accepted into the program, each student complies with rigorous standards and meets with a mentor once a week.  Take Stock in Children has a 96% high school graduation and college matriculation rate for students selected for the program.