In June 2020, DonCARES completed a two and a half year partnership with GEAR UP. Throughout the partnership, DonCARES helped facilitate nine resume development workshops for high school students in North Philadelphia. Starting in Spring 2018 at Kensington High School and then Samuel Fels High School in Fall 2018, DonCARES helped nearly 150 students prepare for the interview process by walking through interviews and by helping students create their resumes.
DonCARES ended the partnership in June 2020 due to DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest's teaching career. Although Forrest is still working in secondary education in North Philadelphia, he says that he plans to partner his organization with his location of work in the Fall.
On Saturday, June 13, 2020, DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest interviewed with The Visionheiry Mood on Instagram Live. The Visionheiry Mood is a professional development community for entrepreneurs. Over the past few months, The Visionheiry Mood interviewed numerous creators in the entrepreneurship world to provide ideas for its community to learn, grown, and develop their vision.
Interviewed by The Visionheiry Mood Intern and DonCARES Mentor Carly Newton, Forrest answered a series of questions surrounding his reason for starting DonCARES and where he sees himself in the future. Forrest responded he hopes to enter in a role as an Assistant Principal of Instruction at a high school within the next five years.
On Thursday, June 11, 2020, Twelve mentees from DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. graduated from The U School in North Philadelphia. While this year, the long-anticipated U School graduation ceremony was held virtually, which did not change the pride and joy many people held for their graduates.
Among the graduates were mentee from the 2019-2020 school year, Cierra Marrero, Destynn Mclaine, Noelle Rojas, Domonae Darden, Kayla Evans, Albert Feliz, and Zyquell Watts. Among the graduates was one of our mentees from the 2016-2017 school year: Tijaye Franklin, and members of our group mentoring sessions: Judonn Major, Bhreel Meyers.
DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. is also proud to announce that 100% of mentees were accepted to colleges across the commonwealth. Mentee Dior Bullock Will attend Manor College while Destynn Mclaine will matriculate to Mansfield University. DonCARES Mentors and administrators are proud of the class of 2020!