DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. extends our sincerest congratulations to our long-time mentee Destynn McClaine for matriculating to Mansfield University as part of the Class of 2024.

McClaine was a mentee at DonCARES for the 2019-2020 school year and matched with then DonCARES Mentor Aaron Williams. Earning our January 2020 Mentee of the Month Award, McClaine believes wholeheartedly in the power of education.

DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest refers to McClaine as: "a hard worker, intelligent, and a joy to be around." In an Instagram post where DonCARES celebrated McClaine's accomplishment, he responded to DonCARES: "Thank you!!"


Jay Acevedo is recognized as the August 2020 DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentee of the Month. Acevedo was selected because of his commitment to his education and his perseverance in dealing with life's challenges. Acevedo is currently a rising Senior at The U School and has been a member of DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. since October 2017.

DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest met Acevedo after a Man Up Discussion at The U School in October 2017. Forrest taught Acevedo how to tie a necktie and the rest is history. Since being involved in DonCARES, Acevedo has attended numerous programs centered around entrepreneurship development, resume development, interviewing, and has even been able to land several roles as an actor in the greater Philadelphia community.

Currently, Acevedo is working on getting his real-estate license and is getting his land-lording permit. Forrest and Acevedo's teachers at The U School are proud of him and all of his accomplishments.

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