August 28, 2020

DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. extends our sincerest congratulations to our long-time mentee Destynn McClaine for matriculating to Mansfield University as part of the Class of 2024.  

McClaine was a mentee at DonCARES for the 2019-2020 school year and matched with then DonCARES Mentor Aaron Williams. Earning our January 2020 Mentee of the Month Award, McClaine believes wholeheartedly in the power of education. 

DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest refers to McClaine as: "a hard worker, inte...

August 28, 2020

Jay Acevedo is recognized as the August 2020 DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentee of the Month. Acevedo was selected because of his commitment to his education and his perseverance in dealing with life's challenges. Acevedo is currently a rising Senior at The U School and has been a member of DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. since October 2017.

DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest met Acevedo after a Man Up Discussion at The U School in October 2017. Forrest taught Acevedo how to tie a neck...

August 1, 2020

 On Saturday, August 1, 2020, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. and Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship Incorporated hosted DonCARES of Philadelphia's Seventh Summer Hydration Walk. 

The idea to serve started in 2017 when DonCARES Founder and Executive Director saw individuals in need. "It was a hot summer day and I was thirsty. I went into a WaWa and bought a water bottle. As I walked out, I saw a homeless man lying on the sidewalk without a shirt. At that moment, I knew that I was in a privileged...

July 12, 2020

Today, I heard from my former mentee Ramon (2018-2019) for the first time in over a year and it was a huge surprise (actually made my day) All the way from Fort Carson, Colorado!! If you know anything about me, it's that serving with

DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc.

and working with inner-city youth is my greatest joy. It's good to see Ramon doing well and staying encouraged in the military.

July 11, 2020

On Saturday, July 11, 2020, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. and Strong Men Overcoming Obstacles Through Hard Work (S.M.O.O.T.H) Temple Section hosted DonCARES of Philadelphia's fourth Annual Hydration Walk for the homeless. 


The idea to serve started in 2017 when DonCARES Founder and Executive Director saw individuals in need. "It was a hot summer day and I was thirsty. I went into a WaWa and bought a water bottle. As I walked out, I saw a homeless man lying on the sidewalk without a shirt. At th...

June 14, 2020

In June 2020, DonCARES completed a two and a half year partnership with GEAR UP. Throughout the partnership, DonCARES helped facilitate nine resume development workshops for high school students in North Philadelphia. Starting in Spring 2018 at Kensington High School and then Samuel Fels High School in Fall 2018,  DonCARES helped nearly 150 students prepare for the interview process by walking through interviews and by helping students create their resumes. 

DonCARES ended the partnership in...

June 14, 2020

On Saturday, June 13, 2020, DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest interviewed with The Visionheiry Mood on Instagram Live. The Visionheiry Mood is a professional development community for entrepreneurs. Over the past few months, The Visionheiry Mood interviewed numerous creators in the entrepreneurship world to provide ideas for its community to learn, grown, and develop their vision. 

Interviewed by The Visionheiry Mood Intern and DonCARES Mentor Carly Newton, Forrest answered a series of...

June 14, 2020

On Thursday, June 11, 2020, Twelve mentees from DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. graduated from The U School in North Philadelphia. While this year, the long-anticipated U School graduation ceremony was held virtually, which did not change the pride and joy many people held for their graduates. 

Among the graduates were mentee from the 2019-2020 school year, Cierra Marrero, Destynn Mclaine, Noelle Rojas, Domonae Darden, Kayla Evans, Albert Feliz, and Zyquell Watts. Among the graduates was one of ou...

May 29, 2020

On Thursday, May 28, 2020, DonCARES, Inc. held a virtual Man Up Discussion. During the conversation, former mentors at DonCARES, current students at Temple University and North Philadelphia community members had a powerful two and a half-hour conversation around black manhood, education, financial literacy, and more.  

On the call were Joel Corpening, Mark Beckham, Ramond Nelson, Drew Ugbomah, Jibreel Murray, Elijah Zimmerman, and Donovan Forrest. The next call is scheduled for Thursday, May 28,...

May 15, 2020

On Thursday, May 14th DonCARES hosted a Zoom Conversation titled: Audacious Conversation. Held from 6 to 7 PM on the 14th, DonCARES Executive Director was accompanied by fellow Temple Alum Joel Corpening and Keshelle Ormsby. During the call, the three had an intellectual conversation paying homage to Ella Baker and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Also, attendees watched a video on SNCC and read and analyzed the scholarly article: African American Student Activism in the 20th Cent...

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