Mentor Spotlight: Natalia Garay

Major: Public Relations Year: Senior Pronouns: She/Her Hometown: Washington, D.C. What is your favorite quote? "Come celebrate with me that every day something has tried to kill me and has failed." Lucille Clifton What extra-curricular activities are you part of on campus? How have they contributed to shaping your world-view and your identity? My extra-curricular activities are poetry and I am the President of Queen In You. These activities have contributed to shaping my world-view and my identity by giving me the platform to create a safe space for Black women. In addition, my poetry allows me the space to be vulnerable and deal with my trauma. These activities allow me the opportunity to s

Man-Up Discussion with S.M.O.O.T.H Temple

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the men of DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. and Strong Men Overcoming Obstacles Through Hard Work, Temple University Chapter hosted a Man-Up Discussion for male-identifying high school students at The U School. Man Up is a specified initiative targeting male high school students at The U School. Members of both organizations talked to the students about each member and U School student's definitions of success. Also, the participants talked about the influence of music in emotional and mental health. Evan a member of S.M.O.O.T.H Temple encouraged students to think about how music can effect their moods and how it's important to reflect on ones strengths and

Resume Workshop with GEAR UP

On Tuesday, November 13, 2019, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Executive Director Donovan Forrest returned to his Alma Mater Samuel Fels High School to conduct a resume workshop with 12th-grade students in veteran teacher John Mault's classroom. A 2013 graduate of Fels, Forrest was excited back at his Alma mater and give back to who he referred to as: "very deserving students." A few weeks ago, Forrest helped over thirty-five students in grades 10, 11, and 12 start their resumes. Also, he walked through a successful interview with a student volunteer, discussed proper interview attire for both male and female students and encouraged students to think outside what they believe is possible.

Mentor Spotlight: Randell Daniels

Major: Accounting Year: Senior Hometown: Philadelphia Favorite Quote: “I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.” - Ta-Nehisi Coates How long have you been a member of DonCARES? I have been a member of DonCARES since August 22, 2019 What advice do you have for prospective mentors? I would advise prospective mentors to remember that empathy is key when it comes to building an effective relationship. I would suggest that mentors learn to understand and feel the experiences of their mentees so that deep, trust-filled relationships are formed. What do you like most about DonCARES? What I like most ab

Mentee of the Month- Dior Bullock

Dior Bullock is recognized as the November 2019 DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentee of the Month. Bullock was selected because of her commitment to her education and her perseverance in overcoming life's challenges. Bullock is currently a Senior at The U School and has been a member of DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. since September 2019. DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest met Dior during a panel discussion in September when U School Humanities Teacher Charlie McGeehan invited DonCARES Mentors Anisa Ara, Randell Daniels, Aaron Williams, Madison Brown, and Donovan Forrest to talk about their career paths and their college experiences. Dior is currently matched with DonCARES Mentor A

Mentor Spotlight: Anisa Ara

Major: Management Information Systems Year: Senior Hometown: Queens, NY What is your favorite quote?: "Give away everything you know, and more will come back to you."- Anonymous How long have you been a member of DonCARES of Philadelphia? Three Months What advice do you have for prospective mentors? It is important that we listen 3 times more than we talk when mentoring. When you begin to listen, you hear what excites them and you can help your mentee achieve. What do you like most about DonCARES? I love being able to witness a champion in the making. Every week I walk away in awe knowing what my mentee can do and what she is working on. It feels like a cross-collaborative relationship where

DonCARES Founder Named KYW Newsradio Flashpoint Changemaker

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, DonCARES of Philadelphia Founder and Executive Director Donovan Forrest interviewed on KYW's Flashpoint Segment with Cherri Gregg. Honored to be selected as Change Maker of the Week, Forrest joins Philadelphia area change agents from Project 440, The Reform Alliance, and School District of Philadelphia Superintindent William Height as an honored guest. Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30pm and Sunday at 8:30am on KYW Newsradio. Subscribe to the Flashpoint Podcast on the Apple Podcast, or others apps where you get your podcast by searching "Flashpoint KYW."

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