On Thursday, May 28, 2020, DonCARES, Inc. held a virtual Man Up Discussion. During the conversation, former mentors at DonCARES, current students at Temple University and North Philadelphia community members had a powerful two and a half-hour conversation around black manhood, education, financial literacy, and more.

On the call were Joel Corpening, Mark Beckham, Ramond Nelson, Drew Ugbomah, Jibreel Murray, Elijah Zimmerman, and Donovan Forrest. The next call is scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 6 PM.


On Thursday, May 14th DonCARES hosted a Zoom Conversation titled: Audacious Conversation. Held from 6 to 7 PM on the 14th, DonCARES Executive Director was accompanied by fellow Temple Alum Joel Corpening and Keshelle Ormsby. During the call, the three had an intellectual conversation paying homage to Ella Baker and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Also, attendees watched a video on SNCC and read and analyzed the scholarly article: African American Student Activism in the 20th Century by V.P. Franklin.

April marked the 60th Anniversary of SNCC. Founded by Ella Baker on the campus of Shaw University during Easter weekend in 1960, DonCARES felt it necessary to discuss the goals of student organizers during the 1960s and its implications on college student activism today.


(Photo by Hannah Yoon)

For National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 5, 2020, DonCARES honored and shout out Mrs. Clarice Brazas from The U School!! In honor of her hard work and commitment to our youth through quality teaching and social justice, DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest sent Brazas a signed certificate of appreciation and Uncle Bobbies Gift Card.

Ms. Brazas is also a 2020 Lindback Awardee from The School District of Philadelphia. Each year, The School District of Philadelphia and The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation award 60 distinguished teachers and seven principals from Philadelphia public schools who demonstrate excellence in promoting learning at the highest levels. The teacher award recipients are chosen based on their activities that improve the intellectual and character development of their students.

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