A Message from Our Executive Director

Greetings & Happy Spring, As we wrap up our fourth program year a month early, I can not help but reflect on our grassroots organizing around mentorship. Since September 2015, our organization and its members have created many positive mentoring moments, smiles, and lasting memories. Serving as founder, chairman and executive director has been an absolute pleasure. While the position I have been fortunate to hold has been both extremely rewarding and challenging, I haven't the slightest disbelief in the positive power of our mentoring work. For all of our hours of service, I am thankful. Many know, how much my life has been centered around mentorship, service, and scholarship for the past fi

Mentor of the Month- Mu Hernandez

Mu Hernandez is recognized as the March 2020 DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentor of the Month. Hernandez was selected because she has shown outstanding commitment to our core values and has built an admirable relationship with her mentee Christian. Muhammad is a Junior at Temple University majoring in English. DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest met Hernandez in the summer of 2019 shortly after he applied to be a mentor. Muhammad chose to become a mentor for DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. because he is always looking for opportunities to impact younger communities in a positive light. As a Resident Assistant at Temple University and an aspiring educator, Hernandez says it was a

Mentee of the Month-Christian Kelly

Christian Kelly is recognized as our March 2020 DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentee of the Month. Christian was selected because of his commitment to obtaining his education, his perseverance in overcoming life's challenges and good citizenship in our community. Christian is currently a Sophomore at The U School and has been a member of DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. since November 2020. Christian, a 10th Grader at The U School is a talented motivational speaker, a good friend, and a great person to be around. Christian's mentor Mu, DonCARES Assistant Director Cameron, and DonCARES Executive Director Donovan is proud of Christian and his recent accomplishments. Congratulations, Christian a

Social Distancing & Mentoring

Dear Valuable Community Member, As an organization that values human connection, mentorship, check-ins, and encouragement, we are reflecting deeply on what social distancing, school-closures, and sudden changes in plans mean for our mentoring programs in our community. In addition to monitoring updates from the government and health experts, we are committed to maintaining the strength and health of each of our one-on-one mentoring matches. While our physical and geographical movements have been restricted, we encourage each of our mentors to continue checking in on their mentees through text, video-call, and email. While many of us can feel disconnected, it is important to remember your val

Your Health and Well-Being Matter to Us

Dear Valuable Community Member, DonCARES is committed to providing safe environments for all of our mentors, mentees, partners, and volunteers. Our leadership team believes that we should make the following decisions effective immediately to protect all parties within our organization's reach. All one-on-one mentoring, tutoring activities, empowerment events, and workshops will be halted (effective immediately) until further notice from our executive director. In addition, All previously planned and scheduled events are canceled and no other events, in-person meetings, and service events will be planned/scheduled until further notice. With the recent events surrounding the spread of the Coro

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DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, formed in 2015 to promote high-quality one-on-one mentoring for high school students in North Philadelphia. If you find it in your heart to donate to our cause, your gift is 100% tax deductible. Thank you. 


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