Pre-Service Spotlight: Nayanka Paul

Hometown: Reading, PA Age: 20 Year/Major: Account Management Advertising; Senior Year Favorite Quote: "People Change People." - Anonymous Why did you choose to get involved with DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc.? Because people change people. We have the power to influence others. I want to teach when I can to these students, as well as learn from them. How has mentoring work influenced your career decisions? It has influenced me to be a better leader, and has helped to show me the importance of being surrounded by a community and the power of working others. How are you spending your summer? I’ve been spending my summer building my brand, working out, working, traveling, and getting ready for

Pre-Service Spotlight: Aaron Williams

Hometown: Allentown, PA Age: 19 Year/Major: Junior, Sociology Favorite Quote: “Don’t set yourself on fire to keep others warm.” -Penny Reid 1) Why did you choose to get involved with DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc.? I chose to become a mentor for DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. so my mentee can take advantage of my experience transitioning from high school to college and use that to their advantage when they’re experiencing a similar transition whether it be from high school to college, to the work force, to trade school, etc. 2) How has mentoring work influenced your career decisions? Becoming aware of how beneficial having a mentor can be has fueled my desire to give a high school student t

Self-Appreciation: A Culture Value that Enforces Happiness & Gratitude

If there's one thing DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Donovan Forrest has learned about leadership, it is how to make people feel good about the work they commit themselves to. It was in late 2018 when Forrest began to raise money for mentor-mentee match outings. The then three year old organization had just recieved free Pizza passes to Blaze Pizza, LLC. when Forrest began to understand the importance of making people feel appreciated, needed, and that their time was valued. As a non-profit leader who founded the same organization we works for, Forrest understands the value of time. "We're all college students at DonCARES, so when our mentors attend service events and

DonCARES Gives Away Over Seven-Hundred Dollars Worth of Whole Foods Gift Cards to Philadelphians in

Since February 2019, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. has given away over $700 worth of Whole Foods Gift Cards to Philadelphians in Need. From February to June, gift cards were given to members of the U School community who were struggling with food insecurity. During the summer months, gift cards are given to members of the North Philly Schools Community who are in need. The U.S. Department of Agriculture(USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. In addition, one in 5 Philadelphians struggle with food insecurity. Although DonCARES provides gift cards to worthy recipients through their Say No To Hunger Campaign, there are plenty of

Longtime DonCARES Mentor Joel Corpening Gifted With Certificate of Appreciation

On Saturday, July 20, 2019. DonCARES Founder and Executive Director Donovan Forrest gifted longtime DonCARES Mentor and youth advocate Joel Corpening with a certificate of appreciation and a $25.00 WaWa Gift Card. Corpening has been a member of DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. since 2017 and has since been a wonderful addition to the team. Forrest describes Corpening as: "a level-headed scholar and youth advocate with a passion for helping people in all aspects of life." Forrest expressed the need for more positive male role-models of color in Philadelphia and expressed that Corpening provided just that. Corpening is a Senior in the Fox School of Business studying Finance and will graduate f

Pre-Service Spotlight: Mariah K. Green

Hometown: Washington, D.C. Age: 20 Year/Major: Senior — Social Work major; Political Science minor Favorite Quote: “Success is never owned, it is only rented, and rent is due every day” - Rory Vaden Why did you choose to get involved with DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc.? I chose to be involved with DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. due to the mission and values the organization has upheld since its beginning. In providing high school students with a guiding figure, I felt that it provides a support system that many did not think they had before. How has mentoring work influenced your career decisions? I was deeply influenced by the idea of mentorship and how it is an extension of my desired care

Heart of the City Radio Interview

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 1 PM to 3 PM, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Founder and Executive Director Donovan Forrest was a guest on Heart City Radio hosted by Malik Boyd. Heart of the City is an imprint of the Premiere Brand, founded by Boyd. Premiere Brand is a brand development firm headquartered in Center City Philadelphia. Malik currently consults national and regional clients, municipalities, and elected officials, directing strategy, brand identity & design, and leading crisis management efforts. When asked what keeps Forrest encouraged despite the difficulties, Forrest responded that the early work of men such as Richard Allen & Prince Hall as his daily inspiration for his so

DonCARES & S.M.O.O.T.H Inc. Temple Section host third annual hydration walk for the homeless

On Saturday, July 13, 2019, from noon until 2 PM, 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 Third Annual Hydration Walk for the homeles 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 position and decided to give my bottle of water to the man on the street. I then went back to Wawa and bought one for myself." Forrest re

Millennial High Radio Interview

On Sunday, July 7, 2019, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Board Secretary Alexandra Gordon and President Donovan Forrest were guests on Millennial High Radio (106.5 FM). Millennial High Radio Hosts Tia Whitfield and Spicy Brown led the conversation. During the interview, Forrest described his focus of the summer being on developing leaders in his organization and delegating roles and responsibilities. Forrest quoted the African Proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together" as his reason for focusing more on leadership. Forrest and Gordon are graduating in May 2020 and have varying plans on continuing their social justice work. Gordon who wants to pursue a care

DonCARES Speaks at ACE Camp

On Monday, July 1, 2019, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Executive Director Donovan Forrest spoke to youth at Ace Camp in West Philadelphia. Ace Camp is a summer program hosted by an after-school program at Martha Washington Elementary School at 766 North 44th Street in the Belmont neighborhood of West, Philadelphia. While as a visitor, Forrest facilitated an empowerment workshop with 10, 11 and 12-year-olds and had them write and present their personal positive affirmations. At the beginning of his workshop, Forrest sound checked the room, asking how students were doing and asking them to introduce themselves and a favorite hobby. After introducing himself as a product of the Philadelphia S

Pre-Service Spotlight: Carly Newton

Hometown: Poconos, Pennsylvania Year/Age: Junior, 19 Major: Communications Studies with a minor in Public Relations Favorite Quote: “The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood.” -Mary McLeod Bethune Why did you choose to get involved with DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc.? I chose to get involved with DonCares because I think mentoring is essential and I saw the genuine work DonCares does for the community. Mentoring has had lasting impacts on me so I wanted to take my resources and knowledge and pour that back into young boys and girls. How has mentoring work influenced your career decisions? Mentoring has influenced my career decisions because it’s made me re-

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