Sadie T.M. Alexander Social Justice Essay Contest Begins on January 8, 2020

For the second year in a row, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. will host the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Social Justice Essay Contest for high school students at The U School. The objective of this contest is for high school student participants to think critically about the challenges that existed and remain for black and brown people in America. Participants will also use Alexander's narrative as a starting point for thinking about some issues that affect marginalized people of color. Students will also consider their definitions of “justice” and “progress” to serve as a basis for change. There will be four winners. One first place winner and runner-up for 9th and 10th grades and 11th an

Success Corner: Donovan Forrest

DonCARES Founder and Executive Director Donovan Forrest just recently received his acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government Certificate in Non-Profit Administration program. But if you asked the 24-year-old Forrest if he could see this acceptance five years ago he would have told you a different story. As an adolescent, Forrest struggled with behavior issues that were attributed to a developmental disability despite the opportunities afforded to him as a child. "My birth-mom was addicted to drugs when she had me, and most likely as a result, I grew up and had behavioral/developmental issues. However, my adoptive family provided me with plenty of opportuniti

Success Corner: Kasey Bethea

DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. extends our sincerest congratulations to our long-time mentor Kasey Bethea for graduating in December from Temple's College of Engineering with a degree in Civil Engineering. Bethea has been a member of DonCARES for the past three years. Serving in varying capacities as a mentor, tutor, and program assistant, Kasey believes wholeheartedly in the power of mentoring. DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest refers to Bethea as: "a pleasure to work with, and an excellent addition to our team." In an Instagram post where DonCARES celebrates Bethea's accomplishment, Bethea responded to DonCARES: "Thank you for providing us the opportunity to do something that we

Mentor Spotlight: Cameron Battle-Bradshaw

Major: Criminal Justice, Psychology Minor Year: Senior Pronouns: She/Her Hometown: Williamstown, New Jersey What is your favorite quote? “Appreciate everything, regret nothing”—Unknown What extra-curricular activities are you part of on campus? How have they contributed to shaping your world-view and your identity? As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, as well as the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. I have learned the importance of not only sisterhood but scholarship. Both have shaped me into a woman who is dedicated to her studies, but also the betterment of her community. How long have you been a member of DonCARES of Philadelphia? I have been a member of DonCARES since Janu

Mentor of the Month- Anisa Ara

Anisa Ara is recognized as the December 2019 DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentor of the Month. Ara was selected because of her commitment to her mentee Dior and her dedication to our core values. Ara is a Senior at The Temple University majoring in Management Information Systems and has been a member of DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. since August 2019. As a mentor, Anisa has provided guidance for her mentee in both personal and professional matters. One of her proudest accomplishments serving with DonCARES is helping her mentee Dior spearhead a documentary on mass incarceration. After graduation, Ara will work at IBM in Washington D.C. DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Executive Director Dono

Mentee of the Month- Domenay Darden

Domenay Darden is recognized as the December 2019 DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentee of the Month. Domenay was selected because of her commitment to her education and her perseverance in overcoming life's challenges. Darden 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 Domenay a few years ago while hosting programs for high school aged girls at The U School. Earlier this year, Darden approached Forrest and told him to start hosting more programs for girls. Darden explained that Forrest always does programs for boys at The U School and feels like the girls are left out of

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