Mentoring Monday- Don & Sequoi

Don & his 9th grade mentee Sequoi were matched in January 2019. The two met during a Man Up Discussion for young men at The U School in North Philadelphia. Man-Up is is a specified initiative targeting male high school students at The U School. We specialize in providing support, guidance, and mentorship to at-risk males. ​DonCARES collaborates on these conversations with S.M.O.O.T.H Inc. Temple Chapter in providing insightful, educational, and engaging conversations for our male students. We address topics of conflict resolution, image, scholastic achievement, consent, and professionalism during our monthly conversations. The main objective of our conversations is to hold sobering conversa

Saying No To Hunger

For the fourth month in a row, DonCARES is rewarding a family at The U School with a gift card to Wholefood Market. As part of our Say No To Hunger Initiative, we carefully select families who struggle with food insecurity. This month, however, the gift card is worth $100.00. DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Executive Director Donovan Forrest will never forget the news he received from one of his mentors during the 2017-2018 school year. "My mentee complains that he's hungry and sometimes there's just not enough to eat at home," Forrest says. Since January 2019, DonCARES has granted over $300 in gift cards to families at The U School. The ultimate goal, however, is to reach $1,000 in support

Independence Bigs Quarterly Board Meeting

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest had the unique chance to talk to board members during Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region's Quarterly Board Meeting. The Quarterly Board Meeting was held at Cradle to Crayons in East Falls. Forrest was invited by Abigail Ellis, Executive Director of Mentor, Independence Region to talk about how Mentor IR helped DonCARES pursue its mentoring goals. Forrest spoke on his experience working with The Mentoring Partnership and Resource Center (Now Mentor, IR) for the past three years, saying how much they have contributed to the development of the organization. "While I reflected on the impact of Mentor IR on our or

DonCARES Announces Brianna Morales as Newest Director to Join Governance Board

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. welcomed Brianna Morales as the newest director to join their Governance Board. Morales, a consistent supporter of DonCARES initiatives and a longtime partner of the organization was invited to join DonCARES after a recent position was created. Morales, a graduate of Central High School, a North Philadelphia native, and junior at Temple University will serve as a mentor coach for DonCARES Volunteer Mentors for the 2019-2020 school year. "Brianna is one of the highest qualified professionals for the job. We've worked with her for the past two years with GEAR UP and Youth Action, Inc. and we are grateful to have her working with us at Do

DonCARES Speaks at Kenderton Elementary School

On Wednesday, May 8th from 9-11 AM, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Executive Director Donovan Forrest had the chance to speak at Kenderton Elementary School's Career Day. Hosted by Men of Frederick Douglass, the Career Day was an intitiaive spearheaded by educators Dana Frye-Thompson and Ashley Carmichael. In a video Forrest recorded the morning of the panel, he discussed his raising nearby at Zion Baptist Church of Philadelphia and how he spent many of his days around 12th and Venango with Troop 303 of the Boy Scouts of America. Upon arriving at Kenderton Elementary, Forrest ran into his mentor Rev. Michael Major of Called to Serve, Community Development Corporation. The two talked about th

Mentor Story: India & Madison

As the middle child of a single mother, India (10th grade) always wanted a bigger sister. As an active Philadelphia Futures Scholar, India was in search for a mentor to help guide her through her high school experience. Madison (sophomore) is a motivated student at Temple and joined DonCARES in the summer of 2018. Both India and Madison were matched in October 2018. Since the two became friends, they've built a resume, completed school work, gone to the 2019 Philly Auto Show, the movies, TGI Fridays, and Reading Termimal together.

Breaking Barriers: From First Year Success Mentor to Non-Profit CEO, Donovan Forrest is Excited to L

Throughout his experience as an undergraduate student at Temple University and youth mentor, Donovan Forrest has evaluated his community to see what can be made better. This mindset toward improvement stems from his sophomore year in Lancaster, PA, where she spent a little over two years studying at Millersville University. Passionate about leadership and youth mentoring, Forrest served as Education Chairman of the Millersville University Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a First-Year Experience Mentor to undergraduate students. Usually found around Millersville's campus donning a suit, tie, and a taper fade, the nineteen-year-old college student b

Mentor of the Month-Corey Bennett

Corey Bennett is recognized as the May 2019 DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentor of the Month. Bennett was selected because he has shown outstanding commitment to our core values and has built a admirable relationship with his 11th grade mentee at The U School. Bennett is currently a junior at Temple University majoring in Mechanical Engineering and very active on Temple's campus as members of both The National Society of Engineers and Strong Men Overcoming Obstacles Through Hard Work (S.M.O.O.T.H) Temple Section. This summer, Bennett will intern at The U.S. Army Corps of Engineering as a Student Trainee. During his internship, Bennett will assisting in the preparation of assigned studies

Mentee Spotlight: LaVaughn Miranda

Name: LaVaughn Miranda Grade: 12th Current School Attending: The U School When did you get involved with DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc? In June 2017 What opportunities have you been involved in since participating in the DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Every program that was offered and I was taught how to tie a necktie that I will wear for graduation. What impact has mentoring had on your educational experience? That I have the support and motivation to accomplish my dreams. What part of mentoring do you value most? I like the fact that I don't have to hide anything from my mentor. What do you like most about your mentor? Everything but, especially that he encourages me to read more books.

Advocating for Unaccompanied Minors (Say No To Hunger Campaign)

For the third month in a row, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. granted a $75.00 Whole Foods gift card to a family in need at The U School in North Philadelphia. This month, the gift card was received by an unaccompanied minor in Ms. Paula Crawford's class at The U School. In early February, 2019 we launched our Say No To Hunger Initiative. The recently started initiative specifically targets students and their families at The U School who struggle with food insecurity. ​As part of the larger campaign, DonCARES sponsors recommended students and their families with gift-cards to Whole Foods to fight insecurity. Through recommendations from school staff, DonCARES attempts to grant these gift ca

Mentee of the Month- Anthony Johns

Anthony Johns is recognized as the May 2019 DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentee of the Month. Johns was selected because of his commitment to his education and his perseverance in dealing with life's challenges. Johns is currently a Senior at The U School and very passionate about his studies and has been a member of DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. since October 2018. DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest met Anthony after Forrest spoke in U School Teacher Charlie McGheean's Senior Class in September 2018. After signing up for a mentor, Anthony was selected to be part of the DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentoring Program. Anthony's mentor is Senior Electrical Engineering Major at Te

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