Group of 3 photos. First one two students in campus readling notes. Secnd one a student backpad on the floor. Third one Shane and Heidi speaking to students.


We help promising young people take charge of their lives and reach their greatest potential through college scholarships, mentorship, networking, and leadership training.  The young people who go through our programs, in turn, inspire those around them - in their families, their neighborhoods, and their schools – to take charge of their futures.

We carry out this mission through the following dynamic programs:

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Our Team

Shane Battier
Shane Battier

As the Founder of Take Charge, Shane is actively involved in our daily operations, and is proud to take on an active mentoring role with the scholars in our programs.

Duke University, Religious Studies
Heidi Battier
Heidi Battier
Founder & Chief Program Officer

Heidi has dedicated herself to helping young leaders, through her work in education and volunteer positions with youth-focused organizations. Take Charge has become her passion – one she juggles while raising her two children.

Villanova University, Communications
Newell Fleming
Newell Fleming
Executive Director

Newell’s experience, drive, and ability to connect with people are qualities that make her so successful as the Executive Director of Take Charge. She’s been at the helm since day one, and epitomizes the foundation’s motto of “Do Well. Do Good."

University of Mississippi, English & Art History
Tiffany Graver-Smith
Tiffany Graver-Smith
Director of Philanthropic Impact

Tiffany joins our team with a deep understanding of the philanthropic and educational landscapes in Miami. In matching generous support of our donors with the specific needs of our mission, she plays a critical role in enhancing educational equality and access for our youth.

University of Miami, Psychology
Meet our TEAM

Our Academic and Community Partners

We are proud to partner with the following outstanding organizations to provide academic resources and opportunities to our scholars:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of MiamiTake Stock in Children logoKipp LogoHUB LogoCamdens Charter School Network Logo
Booker T LogoCoral Gables SHS LogoMiami Central LogoThe SEED School Logo
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We are committed to supporting our Scholars through their college years and beyond.

This commitment drives results - 95% of our Battier Scholars have received their Bachelor’s Degree, and many have gone on to pursue graduate studies.